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July 15, 1963 - March 8, 2015

Tye was born July 15, 1963 in Caledonia, Minnesota to Harlan and Jean (Rasmussen) Eiken. He graduated from the Mabel-Canton High School in 1982.  He worked for Amdahl Chevrolet, Allen Engebretson Livestock and later Lynch Livestock, and Wiechman Pig Company in Harmony as a hog buyer. He also farmed with his dad for 30 years.  On September 5, 1987 he married Barb Halloran and had two daughters.  They later divorced. On July 6, 2002 he married Marilynn Hoffland and united their hearts and their children Kiley, Zach and Sloan. They were blessed with Slade in 2006. Tye adopted Zach in 2013.   Tye enjoyed camping, mowing and landscaping his lawn, farming, grilling and having a beer with his friends and family.  He attended the Scheie Lutheran Church.

Tye passed away Sunday, March 8 surrounded by his family, at home on the Irish Ridge following a six year battle with melanoma, at the age of 51.

Tye is survived by his wife Marilynn of Mabel; four children Kiley, Zach, Sloan (Colin Kurk), and Slade; his parents Harlan and Jean of Mabel; a brother Steve (Diane) of Mabel; two sisters Becky (Kelly) Dotzler of  Fountain Hills, AZ, and Stacy (Mark) Gridley of  Fountain Hills, AZ; aunts and uncles Paul and Sandy Eiken of Mabel, Warren and Ormah Rasmussen of Mabel, and Joann Palieri of Texas; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents and uncle Jerry Eiken.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel with the Rev. Mary Waudby officiating.  Burial will be in the Mabel Public Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 - 8 PM Friday, March 13 at the Mabel First Lutheran Church and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Melanoma Research Foundation or please consider planting a pine tree or a hostas in Tye’s memory, as they were his favorite.

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