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Donald L. Dyer

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Donald L. Dyer Obituary
Dyer, Deacon Donald L. Age 74, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday morning December 4, 2013 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. Born October 5, 1939 in Joliet, Don was a son of the late Weldon Overton Dyer and Rufina Octavia "Billie" Huet-Yott. He was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the class of 1957 and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. On November 12, 1960, Don married Barbara Jean Feeney in Saint Rose Catholic Church in Wilmington, and together they raised their family and resided in Wilmington their entire married life. Don held employment with Lombardi Chevy-Buick, Frank Hamilton Chrysler and Community Oldsmobile, all in Wilmington, prior to going into local banking. He worked many years for First National Bank of Wilmington, Exchange Bank and most recently Standard Bank, from where he retired as a vice president of the mortgage department. On September 12, 1987, Don was ordained the first Deacon of Saint Rose Catholic Church in Wilmington, where he was a member and served actively on various committee's including parish council, the finance committee and the vision committee. Don and his wife, Barb, were involved with the St. Rose marriage prep program for many years, and Don also called on the sick and housebound with communion. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Father George Kuzma Council #11149 and the Isaac Walton League. Deacon Don will be remembered as a proud Marine who loved fishing, woodworking and gardening. Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Barbara; four children, Timothy Allen "Tad" (Renee) Dyer of Yorkville and Christina Marie (Leif) Dyer-Ekberg, William Weldon (Tommie) Dyer and Mary Theresa Dyer, all of Wilmington; thirteen grandchildren, Bobby Watters (Terra Lemke) of Coal City, Brandi (Dave) LaRoux of Muncie, Indiana, Brent (Pam) Watters of Bloomington, Indiana, Matt Turnbull of Chicago, Josh Turnbull of Yorkville, Nick Turnbull of Elgin, Tommy Tim Dyer of Yorkville, and Tristen Ekberg, Aidan Ekberg, Nolan Ekberg, Hunter Dyer, Dalton Dyer and Dakota Dyer, all of Wilmington; six great grandchildren, Kiarra Arellano, Jacynda Watters-Lopez, Kasandra Watters-Lopez, Jacob Watters, Stella Watters and Joshua Watters; two sisters, Barbara Jean (Joseph) Tryner and Donna (Skip) Bolz, both of Wilmington; brothers and sisters-in-law, Karen Dyer of Wilmington, Lois Dyer of Coal City, Clark Feeney and Mickey Feeney, both of Wilmington and Ginger (Jack) Nelson of New Lenox; nieces and nephews, John Tryner, Amy (Dan) Potempa, Vicky (Bruce) Witczak, Rick (Colleen) Schumacher, Kim Swanson, David (Lauren) Dyer, Rhonda (Wayne) Wolfe, Rayna (Mike) Smith, Richard Dyer, Jr. (Kendra Smith), Heather Southcomb, Donina (Kevin) Marley, Jack Nelson, Jr., Cindy (Mike) Steffan, Marcia (Joe) Ferraro, Jim (Erin) Nelson and Tom Nelson; as well as numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and a host of friends. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Weldon and Billie Dyer; daughter, Stacie Renee; sister, Beverly (Ray) Graham; two brothers, Ronald Dyer and Richard Dyer; his mother and father-in-law, Geraldine Anderson and William Feeney; brother-in-law, Tommy Feeney and two nieces, Cheryl Schumacher and Kelly Jo VanDuyne. Deacon Don will lie in state at Saint Rose Catholic Church, 604 South Kankakee Street in Wilmington TODAY, December 8, 2013 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. A vigil service with the Diaconate Community will be held at 7:00 p.m. The family will then again, receive friends at the church on Monday, December 9th from 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral service 10:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated with the pastor of Saint Rose, Reverend Steve Bondi and various diocesan priests officiating. Most Reverend Bishop Joseph L. Imesch and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph M. Siegel will preside. Burial with full military honors provided by the Wilmington Color Guard and the United States Marine Corps will be in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Wilmington. Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made as gifts in Deacon Don's memory to Kuzma Care Cottage or Saint Rose School.

Published in The Herald-News from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8, 2013
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