Tyrell John Pavelec
Tyrell J. Pavelec, 27, of Tripoli, died Monday, October 2, 2017, at UnityPoint-Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held 6:00 p.m. Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Tripoli Middle School Gymnasium. A visitation celebrating Tyrell’s life will precede the service from 12 to 5:30 p.m. at the Tripoli Middle School Gymnasium. Friends and family are invited during this time to join in fellowship and lunch. Memorials may be made to the family for later designation. Condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.

Tyrell John Pavelec was born on September 10, 1990, the son of Ann Harms and Bruce Pavelec. Tyrell was born with a grin that just melts your heart. When he was naughty and full of wise cracks, and then flashed you that grin, as parents, you just never knew if you should spank him or just burst out laughing.

During his second grade year at school, he was diagnosed with Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and within 3 months, Friedreichs Ataxia. The information was given to Tyrell and his family about these diseases, but they determined that they were not going to focus on the negative and focus on living life to its fullest. At this time, he gave up his participation in the Little Panther Wrestling Club.

Third grade through 8th grade seemed mostly normal. At that time it was highly recommended that he start using a walker. Tyrell fought it because he was afraid they were going to make him use one with tennis balls on the legs. After a badly twisted ankle, he was wheelchair bound. In high school he used a three-wheeled scooter and it provided him a great sense on independence. Tyrell fought almost every change of equipment, having the mentality of his current age, but was stuck in a failing body.

He graduated from Tripoli High School in 2009. The highlight of his senior year was the honor of being Homecoming King. During junior high, he managed for the DT Wrestling team. In high school he managed for the high school football team. To his dying day, he was an avid follower of high school sports, especially football, volleyball and wrestling, NFL and fantasy football.

Being a die-hard Iowa State College fan, he was determined to attend college classes there. He was accepted on a summer trial semester. It was an eight week program, and with a few bumps, he was successful. He returned home and attended Hawkeye Community College. With transportation assistance from his brother, Trent, he had another semester under his belt. He also pursued his coaching certification and continued to help at the Tripoli High School football program. He became an inspirational member of the Tripoli Karate Club. He has helped at the Social Work program at Wartburg College and at Retrieving Freedom Dog Training. Video games, schafskopf and WII provided him with hours of entertainment.

Once optic atrophy took most of his eyesight, he used audio books to occupy his time, Harry Potter and The Game of Thrones being his favorites.

He still has that grin that melts your heart. Along with the grin, he usually has a comical story or joke to tell you. He is just one of those people that you instantly fall in love with.

His mission statement upon completing a brochure to do motivational speaking was: Determined to be the ONE that influences change in the lives of MANY. This he did by speaking at local high schools.

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.

Ty was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Marvin Harms, maternal step-grandfather, Lavern Matthias, and Uncle Kent Harms.
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