Willard Dyson of Springville Twp. died Saturday evening at home.
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Born May 23, 1931, in the old farmhouse at Shadowbrook Farm, son of the late Thomas M. and Altha Howell Dyson Fleeger, at age 10 he went to live with his grandparents, Arthur and Cora Howell, who were operating a farm north of Springville. Willard graduated from Dimock-Springville Joint High School in 1949. He married Phyllis Button, May 2, 1952, the first couple to be married at the Osterhout Bible Church in Osterhout, Wyoming County. They had five children, Larinda, Melia, Kevin, Trina and Lowell.
Over the years Willard worked at several jobs, including delivering milk for Louden Hill Farms, delivering feed for GLF (Agway), foreman at Aldoven Dairy, Nationwide Insurance agent, car salesman, school bus driver trainer and CDL examiner, and his favorite — school bus driver. He started driving a school bus in January 1956 to the Springville School for one year before they moved to the Elk Lake School District where he drove until 2005. Willard and Phyllis divorced and he married Susan Stevens Bennett in 1990.
Surviving are his wife, Susan; children, Larinda Kaufer, Melia Davis, Kevin Dyson, Trina Strickland and Lowell Dyson; stepdaughter, Vicky Bennett; grandchildren, Dr. Seth, Adam and Aaron Kaufer; Jarad Dyson, Michael Teachout, Justin and Jason Davis; Scott and Brad Strickland; Whitney Search and Brent Dyson; seven great-grandchildren; son-in-law, John Davis; daughters-in-law, Lynda and Gloria Dyson; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Janet Fleeger, Scranton; special aunt and uncle, Alice and Gilbert Bishop of Springville; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Willard was also preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Dyson Sr. and Alfred and Altha Fleeger; grandparents, Arthur and Cora Howell; a brother, Thomas Dyson Jr.; several aunts and uncles.
The funeral will be Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with the Rev. Rick Rosenkrans of the Silver Lake Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will be private in Sunnyside Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, 1 until service time.
Donations can be made to the Springville Volunteer Fire Company, 3866 Route 29, Springville, PA 18844 or to a
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Harding-Litwin Funeral Home
123 West Tioga Tuckhannock, PA 18657
Published in Scranton Times on July 29, 2013