KASSON — Even as he faced death, Tyler Mundy, of Kasson, feared and regretted nothing. He lived his life based on the faith he had.
"He was super fun, and he was funny," said his wife, Heather Mundy. "He was quick-witted and had a laugh that was infectious."
Tyler Mundy, 44, died Nov. 28 from multiple myeloma after being diagnosed in April 2016. He was loved and was known for his faith in God. Tyler is survived by his wife and three children, Katelyn Wright, 18, Caleb Wright, 15, and Breanna Mundy, 16.
"He personified kindness," Heather Mundy said. "He was always happy and had no ego. Tyler was a really genuine and sincere person who always put others first."
'No matter what you do, do it well'
Tyler Mundy was born on May 20, 1973, in Rochester. He graduated from Hayfield High School in 1991 and went on to attend Winona State University and Riverland Community College.
Those who knew him described him as selfless. His personal philosophy was based on Scripture: To serve God means serving others.
He became a machinist. He owned his own machine shop, called Heavy Metal, in Blooming Prairie for five years, and previously worked in Owatonna for 17 years.
"He started from scratch, and his work ethic was top notch," Heather Mundy said. "He taught our kids that 'no matter what you do, do it well. Don't do anything halfway.'"
'You define me'
Heather and Tyler met through mutual friends. They lost touch, then reconnected in 2006 and fell in love. The two married on Feb. 8, 2008, in Lake Geneva, Wis. The enjoyed taking small trips on their motorcycles together. They enjoyed each other's company and rarely were seen apart from one another.
"Tyler and I were really best friends," Heather Mundy said. "He put me first. He made me feel beautiful, and he guarded my heart. He made me learn to laugh and love life. He truly showed me how important I was as a wife. He'd say, 'You define me. ... Your opinion matters most to me in this world. All I want to do is please you and make you proud.'"
His ability to build friendships and show unconditional love was demonstrated with the blending of his and Heather's family. They'd frequently have family game nights — Yahtzee being the favorite — and they'd create memories.
"He kept finding ways to blend our families, and it worked," Heather said. "Our patchwork family is seamless today. It wasn't luck, and he didn't leave it to chance. It was God's answer to our prayers."
'We all would be OK'
Possibly the most important thing to Tyler Mundy was his faith. A committed member of Community Celebration Church, he often assisted in worship services as the bass player and leading his favorite praise songs, "Give Me Jesus" and "Redeemed."
Much of the foundation of their family was based on their faith, Heather Mundy said. That belief in God was what helped him during the most difficult times of his cancer treatments.
"Tyler believed that God really blessed his whole life, and no matter what, he trusted him," she said. "He never was angry and never felt sorry for himself. He would tell me or other people. ''I've had a great life.' He truly believed that his life was blessed."
She said her husband planned to create an audio recording for the family to remember him by after discovering his illness was terminal. On Nov. 13, after Mundy returned home from hospice, his friend, Peter from Community Celebration, arrived unannounced with his guitar.
Surrounded by loved ones, Mundy was able to sing praise songs despite being exhausted and needing oxygen. The improvised worship session was recorded on video, a treasured memory for the family.
"We got to record songs that night," Heather Mundy said. "We felt that God put Peter there. It was not by coincidence."
A registered nurse at Mayo Clinic, Heather Mundy was able to care for her husband and keep him comfortable for his final two weeks of life. She believed her husband was completely at peace and satisfied with the life he lived.
He died on Nov. 28.
"He trusted God that when his time was up, it was up," Heather Mundy said. "I remember him praying over our meal, and he didn't beg for more time. He simply prayed to give us the time we needed and nothing more."
A love-filled legacy
Mundy learned from his journey with cancer that everyone should begin to think of their legacy and enjoy life as much as possible.
To Tyler, it was his family and his faith. Despite what challenges were given, his loved ones felt he accepted it as a blessing in disguise.
"He was thankful for that opportunity," Heather said. "He was intentional with every aspect of his life. ... I loved him."