Merritt Calvin Dyer, 88, of Inverness, Florida, went to be with our Lord on May 18, 2014. He was born in Endicott, New York, to Pearl and Arthur Dyer, formerly residents of Inverness, Florida. Merritt graduated from the Navy Hospital Corps School in 1944 and deployed as a medic to the Philippines. He moved to Inverness in 1972 to help take care of his parents. Merritt was a well-respected electrical contractor in the area for over 30 years. He was known for always having a song in his heart and a smile on his face. A friend to everyone, Merritt was a founding member of Grace Bible Church, where he was the song leader until Parkinsons took away his singing voice, but never his love of singing. To know him was to know the unconditional love of God. For his family, he was a source of pride, strength, optimism, honesty, integrity and joy.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Janet Dyer of Inverness, Florida; son Richard Dyer and wife Judy of Memphis, Tennessee; son Robert Dyer and wife Margo of Jacksonville, Florida; son Ronald Dyer and wife Paula of Orlando, Florida; son Randy Dyer and domestic partner Ricky Kitts of Inverness, Florida; brother Roger Dyer and wife Shary of Atlanta, Georgia; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Grace Bible Fellowship, 4979 E. Arbor St., Inverness, FL 34452. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his honor to Hospice of Citrus, East Citrus Team, 326 S. Line Ave., Inverness, FL 34452.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory.