Christmas at MFI is always a happy time of year at MFI, but in 2022 the joy turned to sadness with the unexpected and sudden loss of our Lab and Technical Sales Manager, Ty Lehrke.

Ty passed away on Friday, December 23, 2022, at the age of 50 years old. He leaves behind his wife Kristin and two daughters, Sydney, and Cassie.

Ty joined Mass Finishing at the end of 2019 and for three years has worked closely in the sample testing lab with Director of Technology and company co-founder, Tommy Mathisen. The two worked together previously at Timesavers in the “Mass Finishing” division before Mathisen and his brother Mike purchased it in 1995.

Ty made regular trips to help get new equipment started up or help train employees. He also helped exhibit at MFI tradeshows. Ty always brought a good attitude and signature “smirk” to work every day, whether on-site or out visiting customers. His patient and understanding nature helped him gain the trust and respect of those he did business with.

In his free time, Ty could be found in the woods hunting his favorite game, Turkey. He also hunted whitetail deer and went on trips out west and even to New Zealand to hunt stag. He also loved spending time with his family at their cabin on the lake.

Ty is greatly missed, and we send our condolences to his family and loved ones. Please understand we are working through adjustments in staffing due to this sudden loss.

His complete obituary can be found here: