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Robert Lee Dyer, Major, USAF (Retired)February 20, 1932 – November 20, 2014
Robert Lee Dyer, 82 years old of Great Falls, passed away on November 20, 2014 of natural causes. A memorial service is being held on Saturday, November 29th at 11:00 am at Crossroads Memorial Church with Pastor Bobby King officiating. Interment of ashes will take place in January 2015 at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC.
Robert was born February 20, 1932 to Billie & Lucille Dyer. At the age of 20 he enlisted in the US Air Force. He was a Command Helicopter Pilot during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart, among many other medals and commendations. Robert obtained the rank of Major and retired as such in 1970.
Robert was married to the love of his life and mother of his four wonderful children in 1956 in Nashville, TN. He and Patricia Owens were blessed with 58 years together and in that time were able to enjoy many of life’s riches. They shared the responsibility and joy of owning a local business, Hobbyland, where Robert freely tinkered with the many hobbies he loved. Each of their children worked at Hobbyland and are all very proud of the work ethic they were taught. Outside of work, Robert loved to watch his kids playing sports in High School.
Aside from his interests at the business he spent his time in several diverse activities, such as playing the organ and accordion at church, was a member of the Model Railroaders Club and Montana Pioneer Classic Auto Club.
Robert is survived by his wife, Patricia Dyer; sons, B.J. Dyer of Denver, CO, Bill (Pam) Dyer of Frisco, TX, Brad (Heather-Ann) Dyer of Minot, ND and Bryan (Lisa) Dyer of Ashburn, VA; sister, Barbara Crow, brother, John Dyer; as well as ten grandchildren.
Those who have preceded him in death include his parents and a sister, Elaine.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Crossroads Memorial Church, Building Fund, 1700 Market Place Drive, Great Falls, MT 59404.
~ GUEST BOOK ~
Nov 24th, 2014Dear Pat, I offer my sympathy to you and your family. I enjoyed getting to know Bob and hear some of his interesting stories during the brief time we were together at Grandview. He had many talents. Also, Pat, it was good to learn about you during those evening visits. Best wishes.~Stan Meiyer
Nov 24th, 2014Extending heartfelt sympathy, love and prayers.~Sue Jane Green
Nov 24th, 2014I’m very sorry for your loss, I grew up with Brad and Bryan and got to know Bob 2 years ago when i worked at the Orthopedic center. He was always a joy to talk to. He talked very highly of both Brad and Bryan we would always have long talks before and after his appointments. Patricia my heart goes out to you, you were also a joy to talk to when you would bring Bob in. Prayers for you and your family for your great loss. Bob was an amazing person that I am very glad I got to know.~Barbara Mullens
Nov 24th, 2014Our prayers for God’s comfort and peace go out for you, Pat, and your family. We’ve missed seeing you but were still taken by surprise to see the very nice notice in the Tribune.~Bernice and Jake Karnop
Nov 23rd, 2014I was stationed with Bob at Stead AFB, NV. in the early 1960’s when we were helicopter instructor pilots at the USAF School. We were also at Malmstrom AFB in the early 1970’s. My condolences to the family.~Kyron Hall, Major USAF ret., Historian USAF Helicopter Pilot Assn.
Nov 23rd, 2014Dear Pat and Family, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Bob. I will always have fond memories of him and his stories. My thoughts and prayers are with you.~Jerry Evans