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Charles Irving Tynan Jr.


Charlie died on Sunday January 28th at the age of 93 with his daughter, Tuesday, by his side. He was born on October 10,1930 in Newport News, Virginia. He graduated from Newport News High School and studied aeronautic­al engineerin­g at Va. Tech where he was in the Cadet Corp. He flew C-119's and C-130's in the Air Force prior to an exciting career at NASA. Charlie was involved in early space exploratio­n supporting both the Apollo and Mercury Programs.

Charlie was married to and divorced from Jean Tynan and they had one child, Tuesday Tynan. Charlie retired from NASA at 58 and spent his 60's biking, skiing, and traveling.

Following a stroke at the age of 70, Charlie stopped skiing, but continued as an avid cyclist. After a second stroke in 2017, Charlie moved in with his daughter and her family in Maryland where he lived until moving with the family to Tennessee in 2022.

Charlie will be missed by many. He was an amazing father and Pop-pop. He was kind, loving, silly, fun to be around and made friends wherever he went. His granddaugh­ters call him the “coolest person they've ever met.”

Charlie is survived by his daughter, Tuesday Tynan, granddaugh­ters Taylor and Joanna Barney and son-in-law Rich Barney. Burial will be private. Contributi­ons may be made to benefit the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. Checks should be made payable to the Virginia Tech Foundation, Attn: Virginia Tech Office of Gift Accounting, 902 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Please designate the gift in honor of Mr. Charles I. Tynan, Jr. to the VTCC Commandant's Priority Fund (881849). You can also make the gift on-line at vtcc.vt.edu.

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