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John J. Dyer, 85, Danville

April 14, 2003

DANVILLE - John J. Dyer, 85, of 1103 Red Lane, died early Sunday morning, April 13, 2003, at his home.

He 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. 11, 1964.  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 the Moose.  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 Circleville, Ohio.  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., Danville.

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