Date: Mon 01/20/03 04:31AM
From: Tucker Lucas
Message: You know, I was never personally close to Tyler, but I
did know him, and thought it would be appropriate for
me to share a story. It proves how Tyler touched even
those who were not close to him.
In 9th grade, me and Tyler had first semester Health
with Mrs. Maluski. The relationship between Maluski
and Eicholtz was always interesting, due to the fact
that so many teachers 'loved' Tyler's sense of
classroom humor. Which made sex ed. even more
One day we were preparing for that chapter test, and
Maluski was writing clues on the board and asked what
we'd associate them with on the test. After every one,
Tyler would non-chalantly look to a classmate and make
a joke, ones way of dealing with the uncomfortable
subject matter. After about the fifth time, an enraged
Maluski turned around, made an odd hand gesture and
said, "Tyler, what do you associate with this?" in the
most menacing tone she could muster.
A wide-eyed Tyler answered, "Um... hitting a
He never spoke out of turn the rest of the semester.
Tyler has made me thankful that I have not had to
endure so far the type of grief that his family is
dealing with now. But as I told this story at his
prayer service, I looked over at his parents and
sister and saw a strength that I've never beheld in
Grief is easily identifiable. To notice grief, you
listen to the songs on the radio. Music is nothing but
a series of sad and happy moments put to song. So you
know the grief is true when you hear that music, the
sad parts are very sad, and the happy parts are even
See you on the other side Ty. And while you're up
there... give 'em hell.
If I see my pillow taking on human shapes, then those shapes are there, and if someone says that they are only generated by imagination, I will reply: Only you say?
Date: Mon 01/20/03 03:31AM
From: Derek M
Message: i just want to say that I was never a realy close friend of Ty's.I did play baseball with him back in babe ruth. He was always the type of a kid to get the team going when we were down.He was a hard working kid.He never gave up.Everyday when i wake up I can still here Ty's truck come roaring by with his loud pipes.Most of the time when i saw Ty was in school or at one of my hockey games. I would usually see him, along with other people cheering us on.When im p,aying hockey now i can still picture him in the stands watching us do our best and rooting us on. I'll miss ya Ty and you'll never be forgotten.
Date: Mon 01/20/03 03:15AM
From: Cody Majerus
Message: I was not one of Tyler's closest friends. But I was a very good friend. I met him back when i was about nine, and he came to visit my old neighbor Tyler Ellenson. We would go play baseball and beat up Ellenson's little brother's. As the years went by, i did not see much of Tyler until i was a peewee for the Fargo Flyers and a few of the Raider players came to skate with us. I remember Chuck Lindberg, Jaden and Nick Chatham. It was a fun year. Tyler would come by and visit us in the locker room. He would throw hockey tape at me because he knew that i couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. He picked on me and got away with most of it. We would usually lose hockey games and after the coaches would leave, he would come in laughing and saying that he could skate better than us. Then last summer he played baseball on some of my friend's team. Even as i write this, I can hear him yelling at the other team with various baseball chants. I would usually yell back form the stands saying that he was a bench warmer. All in good fun. After the game he wanted me to go get some food with him and catch up on some memories. We went to Buffalo Wild Wings with some of the other players. I remember how much fun he was to be around. when my dad recieved the call form on of the deputies, i went into complete shock. I could not sit still. As we drove out there, all i could think about was the water. I know the next time i am out hunting or playing football and i get cold, i will just think of Tyler. I will never forget you bud.
Nick Chuck and Jaden, I am thinking of you guys. I saw you tonight. I miss our old hockey team. call me sometime guys.
Date: Mon 01/20/03 03:14AM
From: Natalie Schmaltz
Message: I met Tyler on the baseball team. I was asked to be the student trainer when I was a junior so I was with him for two seasons. The one thing I remember most about Tyler was right away in the season. I was a little nervous because I was on my own to handle any injuries. It was the first week and one of the asst. coaches brought Tyler over to me and said he did something to his shoulder. Tyler assumed the worst and said "I think it's dislocated!" I freaked out! I had no clue what to do, and I think Tyler knew that too. We were at the metro rec because it was too wet to play on the fields so I couldn't get any ice or a second opinion. I was pretty sure it wasn't dislocated so I sent him to the school to talk to JD. Nevertheless, he was fine. Tyler will always stick out in my mind as my first injury.
Date: Mon 01/20/03 03:12AM
From: Derek Ouren
Message: Tyler was not only a good teammate, he was a great guy. He was one that was
always up in the dugout and always cheering on the guys and trying to get
the team to win. He could always bring a smile to your face wether you were
having a good day or bad day. This wasn't just on the field, it also went
off the field. Tyler meant a lot to everyone and I know that he will not be
Date: Mon 01/20/03 03:11AM
Message: What I remember most is Tyler would remember me when saw me at Taco Bell and say "Hi lunch lady". I can still picture where he sat in the Ben Franklin lunch room and some of the people he sat with : Piper D. Trung, Roman, Ty K , and others who I can't remember their names. The last time I waited on him, he asked for extra jalapeno sauce. I said to him"you like life spicy" and he replied"yes, I do." Tyler was a kind and obedient young man and never caused trouble for me. I feel blessed that I got to know him. Thanks Dad and Mom for raising such a fine young man
Date: Sun 01/19/03 15:22PM
Message: I remember having a shower for Lisa when she was pregnant with Tyler and how excited they were. I can remember when he was born and the "Tyler" wooden train I gave him. I've watched him grow into such a fine young man. It saddens me so very much to have lost him at such a young age. But, the memories will be many. All the hunting he did with his dad and as a family, the trips taken as a family, time spent at Grandma and Grandpa's lake cabin, golfing (he even beat me when he was just beginning to golf!!), and a hostful of many other memories that only Steve, Lisa and Erin will have. I look forward to spending some time with Steve, Lisa and Erin in the near future. In the meantime, my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends daily. I pray that God will give you all the strength you need to deal with Tyler's death. Love you, Lisa.
Date: Sun 01/19/03 14:03PM
Message: I must tell you that in my 29 years of teaching, I don't think I had a student that could drive me so crazy and, yet, love so much at the same time. I am so fortunate that I had the pleasure of Tyler as a student for 3 years.
Hey Ty, I heard the deer came to the feeder the other night. Angels come in all forms, don't they? Thanks for all the waves and honks from that truck of yours as I walked my dog. The thought of your awesome smile will always bring a smile to my face. And thank you for letting me be a part of your life.
My mom taught me that the stars are really holes in the heavens where our loved ones are shining through, smiling at us, letting us know how happy they are. As I look up, I see mom, dad, my sister, a number of former students, and YOU, Tyler. SHINE ON, kiddo.
Love you bud ....
Date: Sun 01/19/03 08:19AM
From: Kaia Hanson
Message: I Believe
Every now and then soft as breath upon my skin
I feel you come back again
And it's like you haven't been gone a moment from my side
Like the tears were never cried
Like the hands of time are holding you and me
And with all my heart I'm sure we're closer than we ever were
I don't have to hear or see, I've got all the proof I need
There are more than angels watching over me
I believe, I believe
That when you die your life goes on
It doesn't end here when you're gone
Every soul is filled with light
It never ends and if I'm right
Our love can even reach across eternity
I believe, I believe
Forever, you're a part of me
Forever, in the heart of me
And I'll hold you even longer if I can
The people who don't see the most
Say that I believe in ghosts
And if that makes me crazy, then I am
Cause I believe
There are more than angels watching over me
I believe, I believe
I heard this song on the radio and it made me think that no matter what, Tyler is with you always.