Gerald Roland (Gerry) Dyson, 88, died Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 5th from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. A funeral service will follow at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2013 with burial at the Greenoaks Memorial Park in Baton Rouge. Mr. Dyson was born April 9, 1925 in Chopin, Louisiana, the third of six children. He served in World War II as a navigator in the Army Air Corps. After the War, he enrolled in Louisiana Tech and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. He also earned a masters degree in civil engineering from Louisiana State University. He was a member of honor societies such as Phi Kappa Phi and Ky Epsilon. His engineering career involved 30 years of service in flood control matters for the Louisiana Department of Public Works, working with the Corps of Engineers and local levee boards. After his retirement from the State, Mr. Dyson served for 20 years as Executive Assistant to the President of the Pontchartrain Levee District. He was one of the founding members of the American Society of Civil Engineers Baton Rouge Branch in 1962 and served as the Branch's fourth president in 1964-1965. He served as the ASCE Louisiana Section President in 1969. In 2012, he was presented with the Louisiana Section's highest award as a member of the ASCE Wall of Fame. Mr. Dyson was a longstanding member and deacon at Goodwood Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Bettie Dyson, daughter Sandra Huddleston and husband, Keith of Purcell, Oklahoma, son Randy Dyson and wife, Kathy of Denham Springs, son Bruce Dyson and wife, Pam of Prairieville, eight grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; brother, Ken Dyson and wife Nina; sisters, Mary DeSantis, and Patsy Pickett and husband Al. Preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Ada Dyson; brothers, Ernest and Leslie Dyson; and grandson, Jason Dyson. He was an outstanding husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Sept. 4 to Sept. 6, 2013