CHAMPAIGN – Donald Dyer, residing at the Champaign County Nursing Home, formerly of Camargo, Champaign and Chicago, passed away Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2012) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
A visitation will be held from 10 to 12 a.m. Friday at Joines-Appleby Funeral Home in Newman. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Woodlawn Cemetery in Urbana with the Rev. Nic Showalter officiating. A memorial service will also be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Camargo United Methodist Church in Camargo.
Mr. Dyer was born Sept. 8, 1924, in Chicago, a son of Harry W. and Nan Neuckranz Dyer. After his father passed away in 1928, his mother married Peter Helfrich, who raised Don as a son. He married Elaine T. Schloer, his wife of 59 years. She survives.
Also surviving are a son, Rodney O. Dyer of Aspen, Colo.; daughter, the Rev. Sandra L. Hire of Camargo; granddaughter, Cheryl (Corey) Kilgore of Allerton; granddaughter, Pamela (Jeffrey) Kneller of Urbana; grandson, Thomas W. Hire of Camargo; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.
Mr. Dyer served in the Navy during World War II, where he was eventually assigned to an air-sea rescue, anti-submarine squadron in Melbourne, Fla. He graduated in 1953 from the University of Illinois with a B.S. degree in architecture.
He worked for Simon & Rettberg architectural firm in Champaign out of college. He also worked for Goodell Engeneering. In 1960 he partnered with Ove Uggerby and they started their own firm, Dyer & Uggerby Architects. They later took on two more partners and had the firm Smith, Dyer, Uggerby & LeGrand.
In 1985 Don left the firm and went to work for Carle Hospital in the Engineering and Maintenance Department and later in the Public Information Department. He retired from there in 1994.
In 2006 through 2007 he worked for Starbucks at Market Place Mall.
He loved running, swimming, biking, golf (he had two separate Hole in One) and playing handball, mountain climbing and glacier walking. He loved hiking, camping and the outdoors and traveling.
He loved people, history and technology. He had a love for American Indian history.
He loved his family, and was proud of his children and grandchildren.
He was a great story teller and always had an interesting story to share. Mr. Dyer was the author of three books and several stories.
During the Celebration of Life Service, people will have time to share their stories of Don if they would like. The family asks if you have a special story of Don to share that his great-grandchildren might like to read some day, that you bring it to the service or send it to Sandi Hire c/o The Camargo United Methodist Church PO BOX 122, Camargo IL 61919.
Memorials may be made to: St. Joseph's Indian School, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, S.D. 57325; Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702;
or the Camargo United Methodist Church.
Joines-Appleby Funeral Home of Newman is in charge of arrangements.