Herbert H. Tyler, a retired tavern and liquor store owner who headed the Baltimore County delegation in the House of Delegates in the 1960s, died Sunday of kidney failure at St. Joseph Hospital.
A mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 8501 Loch Raven Boulevard.
Mr. Tyler was 78 and lived on Joppa Road in Towson.
In 1957, he ran unsuccessfully for the Baltimore County Council and the next year made a successful bid for a seat in the House of Delegates.
He remained in the House until 1966, when he tried to move up to the Senate and lost. He returned to the House in 1968 to finish the term of a delegate who died. He was defeated in a 1970 bid for re-election.
Besides being named chairman of the county delegation, he served as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. In 1968, he also served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
Before his retirement in 1969, he operated Loch Ridge Liquors and The Lounge at the same location for many years.
A native of Hoopers Island and a graduate of Wesley College in Dover, Del., he came to the Baltimore area in the 1940s.
A former president of the Triangle Democratic Club, he also belonged to the Manor Democratic Club, the Rodgers Forge Democratic Club, the 15th District Democratic Club and the 4th Councilmanic District Democratic Club.
A member of the Holy Name Society at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, he also was a member of the Loch Raven Optimist Club, the Loch Raven Rod and Gun Club and the Loch Ridge Merchants' Association.
He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Bidish; a son, Mark Tyler of Lewes, Del.; three daughters, Mary Joyce Dembinsky of Upperco, Deborah Kaminski of Lutherville and Margo Tyler of Towson; and a grandson.