Sympathy to our Friends

Our sympathies go out today to our dear friends Robert and Sally, who lost their son-in-law Tyson Koehn in an accident two days ago. We also extend sympathy to his wife and the children. We lived in the same area for fifteen years, then spent two years in Montreal together with their family doing church work. So we knew Shana all her growing up years, have met Tyson, and attended their wedding. Now they have five children. I can’t imagine how devastating his sudden death must be!

There’s been quite a bit of news coverage of the death, and some variation in details. But according to what we’ve heard, the 41-year-old father took four children, his two sons and two of his sisters’ boys, out boating on Lake Erie near Kingsville. They weren’t that far from shore and his two boys got out and began to swim.

Seeing the younger one floundering, Tyson jumped into the water to save him. He managed to hold the boy up, but he himself sank — or was sucked under. Exactly why he went down hasn’t been determined — at least not that we’ve heard. Rescuers came from shore to help the boys but it took searchers about an hour to find Tyson’s body.

We just got word that the funeral will be on Saturday morning in Leamington, Ontario. Please remember the family in your prayers.

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