Walter Lee Dyer, Lt. Colonel, USAF Ret. LEWISVILLE- Walter Lee Dyer, Lt. Colonel, USAF Ret., age 93, of Flower Mound, died Friday, March 22, 2013, in Carrollton. Born Jan. 10, 1920 in Stonewall, Okla. to Omer Floyd Dyer and Ellen Avis Tinsley Dyer, Walter married Lena Mai Thompson on Dec. 7, 1945 in Orlando, Fla. She preceded him in death on Jan. 21, 2010. Walter retired from the United States Air Force as a Command Pilot after 26 years of duty. He flew B-24 Liberators on 35 missions with the legendary Eighth Air Force in World War II. In the Korean War he flew the C-46 and in the Vietnam War he flew the C-130. Walter received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, a Congressional Veteran Commendation and the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, among others. He piloted 16 types of aircraft and flew in all 50 states and in 26 foreign countries. After retirement from the Air Force, Walter flew as a commercial pilot, flying for Air Texas, West Pacific Airlines and Rio Airlines. He worked as a flight instructor and at the Denton Municipal Airport and later worked for the Texas Veterans Affairs Commission at Sheppard Air Force Base. Walt was active in various churches and Bible study. He enjoyed swimming several times a week at the Lewisville Natatorium for many years and attended monthly meetings at Frontiers of Flight Museum's Happy Warrior's Group at Dallas Love Field. Walter is survived by his daughter, Donna Dyer; son, John Dyer; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Patti Keck. Funeral service will be held 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville. Interment with full military honors will follow at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. For online condolences please visit www.mulkeymason.com. Donations may be made in Walter's name to Camp Fire Fort Worth for improvements at Camp El Tesoro, including a lake swimming area: please see www.campfirefw.org/CampFire/SupportCampFire/CapitalCampaign. For online condolences go to www.mulkeymason.com.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Mar. 26, 2013