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John ‘Jack’ Dyer

Published: Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

OREGON – John “Jack” Dyer, 92, passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Tendercare of Ludington in Ludington, Mich.

John Milton Dyer was born July 19, 1920, near Amboy, the son of Marion C. and Emma Jane (Nichols) Dyer. He married Mildred “Millie” Grace Jones on April 15, 1939, in Clinton, Iowa.

He lived his early years in Lee and Ogle counties. He worked as a farm laborer, mason, and carpenter, eventually starting his own company, Dyer Remodeling. In 1959, John and his family moved to Wood Dale. In 1976, he moved to Westfield, Wis., and later to Big Flats, Wis. After a stroke in 1982, he lived in care centers, at the home of Helen Moore in Wisconsin, and in North Aurora and Ludington.  

John served in World War II as an Army infantryman with the 66th Armored Infantry Battalion.

He is survived by nine children, Judith (Marion) Reisetter of Iron Ridge, Wis., Katherine “Kathy” (Dale, deceased) Allen of Black Diamond, Wash., Arnold (Joyce) Dyer of Burnett, Wis., Marion “Jake” Dyer (Sandra McKeever) of Port Gratiot, Mich., Loretta, “Lori” (Joseph) Falgout of Ocean Springs, Miss., Reynolds “Butch” (Rose) Dyer of Hoffman Estates, Kevin (Teri) Dyer of Kenosha, Wis., Chris (Shawn) Dyer of Big Rock, and Suzanne “Sue” (Adam) Slyfield of Cherryville, N.C.; 25 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; two cousins, Dorothy (Lester) Reglin of Amboy and Nellie (Melvin, deceased) May of Dixon; three sisters-in-law, Patricia (Harold, deceased) Rosenbalm, Emmalyn (Delbert) Spickler, and Darlene (Robert “Pete” deceased) Jones; a brother-in-law, Leonard (Anne) Jones of Oregon; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mildred, in 1980; two daughters, Helen and Iva, in infancy; five grandchildren; two brothers; his sister; his half sister; and a half brother.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m., followed by the memorial service at 1 p.m., June 29 at Farrell-Holland Gale-Funeral Home in Oregon. Inurnment will be at 11 a.m. June 29 at Grand Detour Cemetery. Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home and Oak Grove Funeral Home in Ludington, Mich., are handling arrangements.

The family wishes memorials be directed to a charity of one’s choice.

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