DANVILLE - John J. Dyer, 85, of 1103 Red Lane, died early Sunday morning,
April 13, 2003, at his home.
was born Nov. 17, 1917, in Danville, a son of the late Gaylord M. and
Letitia A. (Merrell) Dyer. He and the former Mildred Young were married Jan.
He was a 1937 graduate of Danville High School.
Mr. Dyer served as a Seaman 1st Class with the Navy during World War II and
received a citation for continued outstanding performance of duty as a
member of the crew of the U.S.S. NIELDS.
Mr. Dyer was employed on the shipping dock at TRW, Danville, for 26 years.
He was also a self-employed painter and personal contents appraiser.
Mr. Dyer was a member of the Danville-Mahoning Lodge 224 Free and Accepted
Masons, Danville, and received special recognition certificates from both
for faithfully serving as a guide in degree work. He was also a member of
the Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg.
Mr. Dyer was an "Old-Timers" member of the Washington Fire Company,
Danville; American Legion Post 40, Danville; and the Danville Loyal Order of
Mr. Dyer was a member of St. Peter's United Methodist Church, Riverside.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of 39 years, are one son, John Dyer of
Wichita, Kan.; one daughter, D. Irene Ackley of Woodbridge, Va.; four
grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one stepson, Blaine Keckley of
He was preceded in death by one sister, Edna J. McAfee, Dec, 28, 2001.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Odd Fellows
Cemetery, Danville, by the Rev. Donald N. Hurley, his pastor. A graveside
Masonic service will be held at 10:30 with military rites accorded by the
Montour County Veterans Association.
Arrangements are under
the direction of the Miller-Visneski Funeral Home, 10 W. Mahoning St.,