The Tackle Box is dedicated to the memory of Tyler Lee Shaffer. In the early hours of April 27, 2008, Tyler passed away unexpectedly at age 18. He was a senior at North Star High School and planned to attend California University of Pennsylvania to become a history teacher. Tyler was a member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church and the North Star golf and rifle teams, participated in the North Star musical, played the drums, and loved hunting and fishing.
Annually since 2009, the T-Man Classic golf outing has been held in Tyler’s honor. Tyler loved golf; golf pro, Greg Ortman was his golf instructor. Tyler spent many summer days and evenings on the course at Oakbrook, so it was decided that a golf outing held in his honor was a meaningful and appropriate way to remember and celebrate the happiness, joy, and love he brought to the lives he touched. With the help of Coach Ortman, the first Tman Classic was organized and the yearly event continues. The T-Man Classic benefits local scholarship in Tyler’s name and helps to provide support for The Tackle Box.