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    Art Tyska

    It is with a heavy heart that I let the North-South Skirmish Famiy know about the passing of one of my oldest skirmish buddies, Art Tyska.

    I remember first meeting Art in 1970. He was in theUSS Michigan Landing Party then and a VASTLY more experienced skirmisher having been in the game for one more year that me.

    Art was everything that I see as the best in skirmishing. He was friendly, willing to share his knowledge, whether you were shooting beside him or against him. Make NO MISTAKE, he was a competitor, BUT he wanted you to be doing your best when he went against you, because, win or lose you BOTH would be expected to be doing your best.

    Art was a tinkerer, looking to find ways for our old "tech" to deliver its BEST performance, within the rules. he would help you, no matter what team you were on.

    He was pleasant company, on the line, or around a campfire. Frankly, I have no higher praise for a man , or a shooter, than that....

    Godspeed, my old friend, until we meet on that firing line in the sky.

    Your Skirmish Pard,

    Digger

    P.S Thanks to Bobby Elka for the photo
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    1st Michigan Volunteer Infantry

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    Well said, Bob.
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    Our most sincere condolences to the Tyska family for their loss. Art was ever the gentleman and a tribute to the N-SSA. His memory will live on in our hearts and minds.

    John & Jackie Holland
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    I will always remember Art for his smile and gentle demeanor. Always ready with a hand shake and always had time for a chat. As Digger said, he did not care if you were his team- mate or a competing member, Art would be willing to offer advice if asked and to lend a hand when he could. A gentle-man and a true gentlemen would best describe him. The Northwest Territory and N-SSA lost a very good friend. On behalf of the 111th Ohio, I send our condolences to his family and many friends; Art will be sorely missed!
    Guns have only two enemies; rust and politicians.

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    Art Tyska

    I met Art 2 yrs ago when I bought a sharps rifle from him. I liked him immediatly. I only wish I had more time to know this fine gentleman. The N-SSA and the world has lost one it's best. Gary W Pope Hazelwood Vol.

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    i got to know art through bob elka. im sorry to say i didnt get to know him but a few years. i liked art from the first time we met. he carried himself in a way you knew he was a gentleman. it was obvious he loved guns and skirmishing as well as the people who did it. the world would be a better place if there were more people around like art. i feel very fortunate to have known him.

    hp gregory
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    Art was a good skirmisher, and a better man.

    He will be missed by those who knew, respected and love him.

    And our gatherings are made poorer by his absence.

    Phil
    Regards,


    Phil Spaugy

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    Art Tyska

    I too met Art in the early 70's as a young skirmisher while he was on Landing Party..Always
    knowledgeable and helpful, we became good friends(even though he often confused me with
    my brother). I left skirmishing for about 10 yrs. in 1994, and he was one of the first to welcome
    me back, as a lost friend. I will miss the Sat. nights we spent at most all NWT skirmishes remembering
    old friends and talking politics...condolences to his family, he will surely be missed---Godspeed old
    friend

    Brett Wolff
    6 th. Ky Inf

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    None finer......
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