Oct. 24. 1923-Aug. 18, 2004
MILTON-FREEWATER - David Dyer of Milton-Freewater died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, at Regency at the Park in College Place, Wash., at the age of 80 years. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery.
Friends who wish to pay their respects may call at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Mr. Dyer was born Oct. 24, 1923, at the family farm on Winesap Road in Milton-Freewater to Charles M. and Pearl M. Davis Dyer. He was one of 11 children. He grew up in Freewater and attended Ferndale Grade School and McLoughlin Union High School, graduating in 1942.
He served in the Coast Guard during World War II, from 1942-1946. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon, American Area Campaign Ribbon, World War II Victory Ribbon and the Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal.
On June 4, 1954, he married Dorothy Campbell in Lewiston, Idaho. He worked for Utah Cannery and Rogers Walla Walla Cannery prior to being employed at Central Elementary School for 13 years. He later owned and operated a janitorial service. In 1979 he was employed by Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton until a job-related injury forced his retirement in 1986.
Mr. Dyer was a member of the First Christian Church and the American Legion Post No. 24, both of Milton-Freewater. He enjoyed his family, especially spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid sports fan and was quite a baseball player in his earlier years.
He is survived by his wife at the home, a son, Jeffrey, of Milton-Freewater; two daughters, Janis Botts and Sally Guglielmelli, both of Milton-Freewater; two brothers, Jim of Spokane and Paul of Lewiston, Idaho; two sisters, Elna Tucker of Enterprise and Virginia Daugherty of Milton-Freewater; four grandchildren, Aimee Gunter, Heather Botts, Angela Barnes and Paul Guglielmelli, three great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Alma Brunner, and four brothers Clark, John, Edward and Gordon.
Memorial contributions can be made to the First Christian Church or American Legion Baseball directly or through Munselle-Rhodes.