HAMPTON - LeRoy W. Dyment, JR. (COL, USA-Ret), "Lee" to most, 82, died March 18, 2013. He was born in Rumford, Maine, on May 17, 1930. He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Nancy Gant Dyment; two daughters and their husbands, Linda L. Dyment (B. Scott Greene) and Lori D. Ward (Kenneth E. Ward); three grandchildren, Kristen N. Miller (Jason Miller), Brian W. Ward, and Sarah E. Ward; and three great-grandsons, Cole Miller, Chase Miller and Casey Miller. He was graduated from Gould Academy, Bethel, ME; the University of Maine (BA); U.S. Army Infantry School; U.S. Army Language School (Arabic); U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; Pepperdine University (MBA); and the U.S. Naval War College. COL Dyment was commissioned from ROTC in 1952. He served in the 1st Cavalry Division and in the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 9th (in combat) and the 25th Infantry Divisions, and in major command headquarters in the Far East, Europe, Vietnam and USA TRADOC. He commanded at company, battalion and brigade levels. He was a Division Chief of Staff, a major command Secretary of the General Staff and a combined command Secretary of the Combined Staff. He holds the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Legion of Merit with four oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters, and other U.S. and foreign decorations. He served locally at Forts Monroe and Eustis. He retired from the Army in 1982. Following his retirement from military duty, he served as Executive Director of the Virginia Peninsula Economic Development Council's Business-Industry-Government-Education Council. He was a member of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., and attended the Chapel of the Centurion at Fort Monroe, where he was a lay reader and usher. COL Dyment was a member of the Military Officers Association (MOAA), the Association of the United States Army, and the National Association of the Uniformed Services. He belonged to the Masonic Kora Shrine in Lewiston, ME. He was chairman of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Red Cross, Co-Chairman of the Richmond Territory of the American Red Cross, and the Chairman of the Southeastern Virginia Consortium of the American Red Cross Chapters. COL Dyment served as treasurer and president of the Kiwanis Club of Hampton, Virginia, Inc., and as Chairman of The Casemate Museum Foundation at Fort Monroe. He was the secretary and later treasurer of the Virginia Council of Chapters of MOAA, and was the president and later treasurer of the Virginia Peninsula Chapter of MOAA. He was the original founder of Patriots Colony at Williamsburg and served as a director for 18 years. He is Chairperson of the Administration Ministry and the Finance Ministry of the Interdenominational Congregation Council of the Chapel of the Centurion at Fort Monroe. The family will receive visitors on Thursday, March 21, from 5:00-7:00 PM at the downtown Hampton location of the R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Lucious Morton officiating at the Chapel of the Centurion, Fort Monroe. Following the funeral there will be a reception in the Chapel Center. Private interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Interdenominational Congregation Council of the Chapel of the Centurion, P.O. Box 3461, Hampton, VA 23663-0461.
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Published in Daily Press on Mar. 20, 2013