Date: Mon 01/20/03 07:11AM
From: Chelsey Shockman

Message: tyler was a beautiful and extraordinary human being. he loved life and lived it to its fullest potential. he was a true and honest friend. he had the greatest sense of humor and you couldnt help but laugh or smile when you were in his presence. he always had that little smirk on his face. here are some great quotes from authors that reminded me of tyler that i would like to share:

if the essence of my being has caused a smile to have appeared upon your face or a touch of joy within your heart, then in living-I have made my mark.
-Thomas L. Odem, Jr.

a smile is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and an antidote for the trouble.

a kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
-Washington Irving

it has been an honor to grow up with tyler through junior high and high school. he is and always be a close friend to many of us. i have so many loving memories of him that i will never forget. he had a strong faith and loved to have fun. he will be missed for he is an unforgettable person.

with loving memories,
chelsey shockman

Date: Mon 01/20/03 07:48AM
From: Anonymous

Message: Hi i knew Tyler through friends of mine he was a good guy when me and my
friends hanged out at my place he came with them we would have so much fun
and he had a great smile we will all miss him

Date: Mon 01/20/03 09:45AM
From: Bertsch

Message: Tyler,
Tomorrow I will be back in Advanced Math class ready to begin the new
semester, waiting for you to walk through the door (in your usual grandios
fashion...haha) and give us the latest on the "happenings" in English

I will have you know that on the video shot at the basketball game the
other night, a certain Miss Kelsey Welk was talking about what she
remembers most about you. I believe she said something along the lines of
"...every morning he would ask me for my math packet..." Well, well,
well... you got me again...

It's so funny how I would always try to get you to show your work, and be
enthusiastic about math, and how we would "argue" back and forth about
homework, tests, extra credit, and whatever else you could think of. Then
in the end, you would always say "...but you love me anyway, don't 'ya
Bertsch!" And yes Tyler, you are right- I loved you anway...

It always made me smile to catch you doing something sweet in class. When
you sat behind Cara in math class, you used to play with her hair, gently
wrapping it around your fingers. Sometimes you would give her hand a
quick squeeze, or whisper "I love you" when she would glance your way.

As the days have passed, I have noticed that I am reminded of you in so
many ways. A song on the radio, a LOUD truck driving by, or seeing kids
in the mall with their pant waists down at their knees (haha). Even my
own children sense that something is different for their mom. Heidi, my
4-year old, names the stars in the sky whenever she sees new ones. Well,
the name of Jesus' star is "Starlit", and just the other night she saw one
right next to it. She promptly called it "Tyler's Star." My daughter
Carly, who is 8, wrote me a little note the day after we found out you had
gone through the ice. It said "Mom, I know you are sad, but he will always
remember you. It makes me think of my great-grandma."

These memories I will carry with me always. Sometimes you made me laugh
my head off, and other times I wanted to pull my hair out! I am so glad
that I was able to be a part of your life, and that you made life so enjoyable
for everyone.

Have a great time in Heaven- don't give God too much grief! Oh, and when
you get your wings, ask for the ones that have a Harley attached- that way
you can make as much noise up there as you did down here.

See you later!
Until then, Love always,

Date: Mon 01/20/03 12:16PM
From: Leah Wickenehiser

Message: Tyler was an amazing person with many awesome qualities. He was always smiling, and willing to make a joke about anything. His bright personality, and awesome spirit made the person who we all came to love. When I was talking with Erin, and Cara, I said " I don't know why, but I can understand that God would want a person as amazing as Tyler up with him". His presence was enough to put you in a good mood. There are so many funny stories that I could tell you about Tyler, just one of the many was that up until the 9th grade Tyler was sure that I stuffed my bra. He was so positive that he had to ask my best friend about it. When she then informed him that his assumptions were false. Thinking of that story always gives me a good laugh. Now with Tyler looking over us we all need to cherish the memories, and remember him for the amazing person he was, and always will be, as said in Philippians 1:3 " I thank my God for every time I remember you". Thank you so much Tyler for all of the memories you have given me.
I will remember you always

Leah Wickenehiser

Date: Mon 01/20/03 12:26PM
From: Jaden Minar

Message: I knew Ty since back in the 5th grade when i first moved to north Fargo. I really didn't get to know Ty really well until the following year when we played on our first baseball team together. We had many years and many teams for us to play on to come. As Ty was a pitcher, I ended up being the catcher for him most of the time. I'm not going to lie to ya, man I would get so nervous sometimes. He could be a wild one if he got down on himself. Except for when he would get in his rhythym, I don't think that there is anyone who could touch him. I remember when we were sophmores (i think), we were playin down in the Enderlin game when Ty crushed one out to centerfield, only to have the centerfielder rob him of a homerun. The next at bat was like a replay of his last, only this time the centerfielder didn't have a chance and Ty put one out of the park. That was a good quality of him, he tried until it worked. He was a good kid with a good head on his shoulders. The most fun I ever spent with him though is when we played on our senior Babe Ruth team. We had a blast. Being able to drive 45 min to some class 'B' towns, by ourselves, and play some ball. Then getting to go out to Bismarck for our state and stayin in the hotels with Scotty and Flaig. But,Ty was more than a friend, he was a fan too. He was one of the most dedicated hockey fans that I know of. I think that he wished he would have played. Although he got his chances to show us up in his driveway when we would play street hockey. Man, how the years have flown by. I realize now how I haven't even stopped to realize it. How I haven't stopped to appreciate life and the others around me. I hope everyone begins to. Thanks to all my friends and family, I appreciate all of you. Ty, I will see you again one day. Take it easy and remember that I will always pray for you. I love you.

Jaden Minar

Date: Mon 01/20/03 14:26PM
From: Mr. B

Message: Thanks to Tyler's family for creating such a wonderful young man. The
openess of your hearts and home the days following the accident also
helped so many of his friends grieve in positive ways while sharing their
memories and joys. Tyler added so much life and vitality to my ceramics
class. I'm sure he already knows that this class saw to it his remaining
sculptures were finished and displayed to his exact specifications. And
as he always said, Bachmeier they look Bling, Bling.

We will all miss you, Mr. B

Date: Mon 01/20/03 17:26PM
From: Alex Bollman

Message: Tyler,

Playground buddies, last forever. I remember elementary school at Longfellow, being in classes togather, sharing recess, games in Mr. "D"s gym class. Countless games of hackeysack, King of the Hill and snowball fights. Playing baseball and riding bikes in the summer. I was horribly saddened to hear that it was you who had gone through the ice, and glued to the TV until they pulled you from the Red. In our 6th grade year book, your goal was to take over Eicholtz masonry, dad's business. Even after elementary school, after I left to go to Oak Grove, I saw your truck go by my house on Elm Street, ok, so I heard it before I saw it.


Alex Bollman

Date: Tue 01/21/03 00:57AM
From: Tom Bridgeford

Message: i knew ty ever since i moved to fargo before the summer before third grade. we were on the same baseball team the next couple of years with his mom as our coach. he loved baseball and hunting because it was all he talked about, along with cara. i'll never forget all the games of football at longfellow, especially the last one, because it was getting dark and all the rest of us wanted to quit, but ty insisted that we finish the game, we all complained, but he pulled his truck onto the field for a little bit of light, and we all did the same, and we finished the game. these are the kind of memories that i will always carry with me. we all miss you very much, but your in a better place now. much love.
tom bridgeford

~~Just think of all the people that you knew in the past that passed on
They in heaven found peace at last
Picture a place that they exist, together
There has to be a place better than this
In Heaven
So right before I sleep dear God what I'm asking
Remember this face, save me a place
In Thugz Mansion

Date: Tue 01/21/03 01:30AM
From: Erica Gilbertson

Message: Hello,

I was one of Tyler's fellow classmates. I went to school with him from 7th grade until 10th grade. I then tranferred to Woodrow Wilson and graduated last year.

I heard of Tyler's death and was so shocked cause I remembered him as a fun-loving man. I'll remember Tyler the most for his attitude. I don't believe that I ever saw Tyler without a smile on his face or not making a joke about some weird thing. I want to thank Lisa and Steve for giving life to a man who touched so many people.

I heard about Tyler going through the ice when I was just about to head home from babysitting at my sister's house. My mom called me and told me about it and I couldn't believe that someone that I have gone to school with had passed. Tyler will live on forever in our hearts. I didn't really know Tyler but from hearing or reading stories about him I believe I have begun to understand just how many people Tyler has met in his life. No matter if you have only met Tyler once or knew him for a lifetime, once you met Tyler it was like something had been given to you. Tyler will always be remember as the one who was fun loving.

I have a couple songs that I would like to share with you all.
Diamond Rio

"You're Gone"

I said, "Hello I think I'm broken."
And though I was only jokin'
It took me by surprise when you agreed.
I was tryin to be clever
But for the life of me I never
Would have guessed how far the simple truth would lead.
You knew all my lines. You knew all my tricks.
You knew how to heal that pain no medicine can fix.

And I bless the day I met you.
And I thank God that he let you
Lay beside me for a moment that lives on.
And the good news is I'm better for the time we spent together.
And the bad news is you're gone.

Looking back it's still surprising
I was sinking, you were rising.
With a look you caught me in mid-air.
Now I know God has his reasons.
But sometimes it's hard to see them.
I awake and find that you're not there.

You found hope in hopeless.
You made crazy sane.
You became the missing link that helped me break my chains.

And I bless the day I met you.
And I thank God that he let you
Lay beside me for a moment that lives on.
And the good news is I'm better for the time we spent together.
And the bad news is you're gone.
And one more song
The Graduation Song
John Berry

To all the times we gave
To all the parties that we threw
Driving the teachers crazy
Now it's nothing new
To all the times we came and went
And you never said a word
To all the times in home ec
Farewell to french onion soup
To the class where we learned about the stork
And where we brought the babies to
To all the shirts we've ever sewn
And the patterns thrown away

And to all the world religions
That we learned in history class
To all the great musicians
That lived in the past
To all the world's great artists
From DeVinci to Seurat
It's time for me to go my way

Ooh and I wave goodbye through the window to my old friends
Now I wave goodbye through the window 'cause I know that I won't see you again
I won't see you again

Now the time has come for you
To go your way and I'll go mine
Through the years you'll be somewhere on my mind
I always thought we'd be here forever and a day
But forever came wednesday
Ooh and I wave goodbye through the window to my old friends
Now I wave goodbye through the window 'cause I know that I won't see you again
I won't see you again

And as I drive away I wipe away the tears
But I'll hold onto the years that we had

We will all miss you Tyler. We will all see you again some day. Don't change.
Erica Gilbertson

Date: Tue 01/21/03 02:22AM
From: Justin Lundblad

Message: hey i wasnt tyler's closest friend but I met him this summer on my Senior
Babe Ruth Baseball team and man the kid never quit talking he was funny as
hell. Well I remember one game we were winning 7-3 going into the last inning
i was pitching and i was about to go out to the mound for the final inning
and ty grabs me and says " ahh your done sorry man u just have nothin left"
well i didnt really care and just said alright Tyler go get um. And next
thing i know we lost 8-7 man we laughed about taht but the next he comes
out an throws a 3 hit shutout. And to the family i know how u guys feel i
just lost my mom in december hang in there

Justin Lundblad