Tyler Z. Murtie - President/Licensed Funeral Director

The son of Marie Zygmunt Murtie, and the late Robert M. Murtie- Tyler, graduated from Warwick Valley High School in 2006. He continued his education graduating from Hudson Valley Community College with an A.A.S. in Mortuary Science in 2008. Immediately following graduation Tyler joined the staff at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc. and completed his state-mandated one year residency period serving the Pine Bush, NY community. Tyler still remains on staff at William M. Gagan to this day.

In 2010 Tyler went part time in Pine Bush and began to help out part-time at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home Inc. serving Sullivan, Orange and Ulster Counties.

In July of 2011 Tyler left his local comfort zone and went to work for Service Corporation International, a Houston Texas-based funeral conglomerate at a location in Rockland County-Spring Valley. Here he served over 350 Jewish-Faith families every year. Because of the corporation’s multiple locations in proximity to the New York/New Jersey boarder Tyler became New Jersey State Licensed in 2015. He later decided to return to private-owned, small-community funeral services.

Also in 2015, Tyler began to get involved in Orange County Emergency Services. He is currently enrolled in the Bachelor’s of Technology Emergency and Disaster Management program at SUNY Canton College of Technology and expected to graduate in the Spring of 2018. This in turn pushed Tyler to apply and eventually became part of an amazing team at the Rockland County Medical Examiner’s Office in Pomona where he recently took a promotion from Medical Investigation Assistant to Medical Death Investigator.

In February of 2016 Tyler founded Zygmunt-Murtie Funeral and Cremation Service to serve the needs of his native Warwick Valley Community. Shortly following, on October 10, 2017 Tyler expanded the Zygmunt-Murtie brand by purchasing the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Homes at the retirement of long-time owners Stephen and Ferne Flaxman. While this was not an “originally planned” business venture, Tyler could not be happier with the path that each of the three locations is currently operating on. He truly believes in quality and affordable service, right down to the most minor detail.


  • National Funeral Director’s Association
  • New York State Funeral Director’s Association (NYSFDA)
  • NYSFDA Bridge Commission- Founding Member
  • New Jersey State Funeral Director’s Associaton
  • President- Orange, Rockland & Sullivan Funeral Director’s Assoc.
  • Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce
  • Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Co. Auxillary
  • Orange County Medical Reserve Corps
  • Sullivan County ATV Association

Gary J. Lasher -  Manager/Licensed Funeral Director

Alan S. Kesten - Licensed Funeral Director

Douglas M. Padgett - Licensed Funeral Director