Tyrell J. Pavelec

Tyrell John Pavelec, age 27, was born September 10, 1990, son of Ann Harms and Bruce Pavelec.   He passed away October 2, 2017 surrounded by family, friends and his brother Trent at his side.  Tyrell was a lifelong member of St. John’s United Church of Christ- Siegel where he was baptized and confirmed.  He was born with a grin that could melt your heart.  When he was naughty and full of wise cracks, he would flash that grin.  You never knew if he deserved a spanking or if you should burst out laughing.

While in second grade, he was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and within 3 months, Friedreichs Ataxia.  Tyrell and his family were informed of the typical progression of these diseases.  They determined that they were not going to focus on the negative, but rather focus on living life to its fullest.  At that time, he gave up his participation in the Little Panther Wrestling Club.

The years from 3rd through 8th grade were mostly normal, but it was highly recommended that he start using a walker.  Tyrell fought it because he was afraid it was going to be one with tennis balls on the legs.  After a badly twisted ankle, he became wheelchair bound.  In high school he used a three wheeled scooter which provided him a great sense of independence.  Having the mentality and fortitude of a teenager, Tyrell fought almost every change of equipment, but the reality was he was stuck in a failing body. He was not known for his patience, as stubbornness and determination were his strongest traits.

During junior high, Tyrell helped manage the DT Wrestling Team, then in high school, helped manage the high school football team.  He graduated from Tripoli High School in 2009 with the highlight of his senior year being honored as the Homecoming King.   To his dying day he was an avid follower of high school sports, especially football, volleyball and wrestling.  He also enjoyed the NFL and fantasy football.  This passion was made evident Monday in the emergency room as he requested a run-down of Sunday’s NFL game scores.

Being a die-hard fan of Iowa State University, he was determined to attend college classes there, ultimately being accepted for a summer trial semester.  It was an eight week program with a few bumps, but he was successful.  Tyrell returned home to attend Hawkeye Community College. With transportation assistance from Trent, he had another semester under his belt.  He also pursued his coaching certification and continued to help with the Tripoli High School football program.  He also became an inspirational member of the Tripoli Karate Club.  He helped with the Social Work program at Wartburg College and at the Retrieving Freedom dog training facility. He enjoyed playing video games, schafkopf, Yahtzee, and Wii until the loss of his eye sight due to optic atrophy.  He then passed his time by listening to audio books.  Harry Potter and The Game of Thrones were his favorites.  His last word spoken was “Aria,” after Trent had given him a rundown on the 6th Chapter of Game of Thrones.

That grin that melted your heart, usually had a comical story or joke with it.  These most often were inspired by his Grandpa Rudy.  He was just one of those people that you instantly fell in love with.

Tyrell’s mission statement found in the brochure promoting his motivational speaking campaign was:  Determined to be the ONE that influences change in the lives of MANY.  He did this by speaking at local high schools and clubs.  His influences were honored in May 2016 when he received the “Friends of Education” award during the Tripoli graduation commencement.

Tyrell is survived by his mother, Ann Harms (Larry Piehl, Katelynn, Conner) his father, Bruce Pavelec (Jessica Burgart, Mason Malget) and brother Trent.  Maternal Grandmother, Velma Matthias.  Paternal Grandparents, Rudolph and Gertrude Pavelec.  Aunts and Uncles, Logen (Robin) Harms, Michael (Mary) Harms, David (Linda) Harms, Sarah (Jeff) Robbins, Susan (Neil) Matthias, Sandra (Kevin) Kuhlmann, Sonya (AJ) Semelroth, and 33 cousins. 

He was preceded in death by, Maternal Grandfather, Marvin Harms, Maternal step Grandfather, Lavern Matthias and Uncle Kent Harms. 


Brittany Kuecker on December 11, 2017 at 4:36 PM said:

To the family of ty I was a class mate of tys for 7 years at Tripoli u will be missed ty
Bill and Kari Bunn on October 6, 2017 at 9:00 PM said:

We are so sorry for your loss, you have our sympathy, prayers and hugs. We didn't know Tyrell. We only know his mother who talked of her son with love and pride. It's so awesome that Tyrell had so much to handle in his life but gave so much to others. May he live in your memories.
Steve and Kerri Tegtmeier on October 6, 2017 at 6:55 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Bruce and Diane Diiro on October 6, 2017 at 1:39 PM said:

It is inspiring to hear about Ty from his earlier days and from people who were lucky enough to have known him over the years. We only knew Ty in the past few years but he always found a way to brighten your day even though he had so many challenges to deal with. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ty's family and friends during this time of loss.
Deb & Bill Coonradt on October 6, 2017 at 7:34 AM said:

Our deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of Tyrell. May God give you strength and comfort in the days and weeks to come. You will be in our thoughts and prayers!
Karoline Savoie on October 6, 2017 at 5:18 AM said:

I didn't know Tyrell, nor your family. What a lovely tribute, for a life well lived. I have three siblings in wheelchairs who had full mental capacity, two have passed on. I know that life lived fully from a chair is a family effort. There is nothing like the love, nor grief, of a mother and father. My prayers for your family. I am glad Tyrell was loved so fully!
Randy and Brenda (Zander) Wedeking on October 5, 2017 at 8:54 AM said:

Ann,Bruce,and Trent- Deepest sympathy to your family for your loss of Tyrell. Ty's smile says it all..Cherish your memories of him! We are praying for your family during this difficult time.
Dave and Karen Stumme on October 5, 2017 at 7:32 AM said:

With a heavy heart we look back at Tyrell's life through the many photos and wonderful memories. Ty was an inspiration to be positive no matter the circumstances. His smile and presence will live on in the hearts of everyone who knew him. God Bless his awesome parents, friends, and family who provided Ty the means to be inspiration to so many.
Ken and Deb Giesking-Budach on October 5, 2017 at 5:03 AM said:

We are so very sorry to here of Ty's passing. He was such an inspiration to many and overall, an awesome kid. May god bless you all during this time. Our heart breaks for the whole family and thoughts and prayers are coming your way. Hugs!
Roger Bergmann & Loretta White on October 4, 2017 at 8:15 PM said:

ANN, BRUCE & TRENT & FAMILY So sorry to hear about TY, sending thoughts and prayers to all the family. Always remember the good memories you have with TY.
Duane and Saundra Ryherd on October 4, 2017 at 4:33 PM said:

Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. Tyrell will be deeply missed by all.
Karl t on October 4, 2017 at 4:26 PM said:

We will miss him
Mary Heinemann on October 4, 2017 at 9:43 AM said:

Prayers and hugs to all the family.
Steve & Connie Franzen on October 4, 2017 at 9:08 AM said:

Bruce, Ann, & families: We are so sorry to hear about Ty. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May all of your great memories help you thru this difficult time.
Marlene (Baker) Ostby on October 4, 2017 at 7:44 AM said:

Ann and Bruce-lifting your family up in prayers. Words cannot express my condolences! May you find peace that passes all understanding during this time! His smile is infectious!!
Kevin and Julie Pearce on October 4, 2017 at 7:27 AM said:

Our hearts go out to you Bruce, Ann and family. He touched many lives. Prayers to you all.
Carrie (Sjaardema) Vander Weerdt on October 4, 2017 at 7:27 AM said:

Bruce, Trent and the rest of the family,
You are all in my thoughts and prayers!!! Trent had an awesome personality and I loved his smile!!! The few times I got to meet him and talk to him I truly enjoyed!! He was such an inspiration to so many people! I have always been accepted into your family with love and you all share a special place in my heart! Much love and hugs to all of you!!
Cindy and Steve Angran on October 4, 2017 at 6:37 AM said:

We didn't know Tyrell, but had the pleasure of sitting at the same table with him and his mom at the Owens/Everding wedding reception in September! What a handsome, nice young man! Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family!
Ronnie and Yvonne Wells on October 4, 2017 at 4:51 AM said:

Even though we never met Ty, the stories that Hunter and Ginny shared after their visit this past summer, gave us a small glimpse into the person he was. Someone full of life, a comical personality and a heart to see others succeed. What a life he led! Praying for all the family during this difficult time. Much love~
Dennis and Kelly Carman on October 3, 2017 at 9:18 PM said:

Our prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time. Remember "a heart that's broke is a heart that's been loved". ??
Matt and Heidi (Tiedt) Bird on October 3, 2017 at 8:46 PM said:

We are so sorry to hear of Ty's passing. He was such a charming individual and I always enjoyed seeing him at family functions. Living without him will be difficult, and he lives on in all that knew and loved him. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time and in the future. Love and hugs from Clarinda! ??????
Crystal Menter on October 3, 2017 at 7:59 PM said:

I only got to know Ty for a short time he was an awesome young man and always made me laugh, my prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
Leroy Stumme on October 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM said:

Ty lived a life of 27 years and affected more people in a positive way than most of us do in 70 or 80 years. He will be remembered by many and be appreciated by all.
Jeff & Deb Renner on October 3, 2017 at 7:08 PM said:

Cherish the 27 years of memories and know God has a much bigger plan for Ty. His memory will live on through those he has touched while among us.
Kristie and Scott Leistikow on October 3, 2017 at 6:51 PM said:

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Tyrell was such an incredible young man who was always happy to visit with and would make the time. Ty you will be missed by everyone as you touched everyone in some sort of way. Heaven gained such an awesome angel. We will cherish the memories we had with you!
Jeff and Sarah Robbins on October 3, 2017 at 6:00 PM said:

You captured Tyrell's life and mission perfectly. He was such a little devil and a love all at the same time. ?? Tyrell...you touched hearts,motivated people, blessed us, and always had something to say. We will miss you! We love you! See you in heaven!!!
Angie and Ryan Adam and family on October 3, 2017 at 5:08 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
connie joens on October 3, 2017 at 4:48 PM said:

praying for the family
Chad Onken on October 3, 2017 at 4:46 PM said:

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time Ann and Bruce. So very sorry for your loss and Heaven's gain.
Kim Buzzard Brown on October 3, 2017 at 4:37 PM said:

Tyrell made his mark here on earth. What an inspiring young man!
Katzenburger on October 3, 2017 at 4:37 PM said:

Sending love and prayers from the Katzenburger family. What a great smile, what a great heart.
Jason Neumann on October 3, 2017 at 3:54 PM said:

Thinking of the family during this challenging time. His depth and humor were true gifts to all he touched.
John and Diane Dockendorf on October 3, 2017 at 3:29 PM said:

Heaven gained a new and one of it's greatest angels. Ty touched so many lives with his happy go lucky outlook on life even though he went through so many trials. We are blessed to have known him and he will never be forgotten. Thank you, Ty for being you! Rest in peace
Dennis and Wanda Epley on October 3, 2017 at 1:47 PM said:

Our prayers are with you and your family.

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