Willard Dyson, of Springville Township, died Saturday evening at his home.
He was born in the old farm house at Shadowbrook Farm on May 23, 1931, the son of the late Thomas M. and Altha Howell Dyson Fleeger. When he was 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, delivered 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 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 precededin death by his parents, Thomas Dyson Sr. and Alfred and Altha Fleeger, and grandparents, Arthur and Cora Howell; a brother, Thomas Dyson Jr., and several aunts and uncles.
Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday from 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 and at the convenience of the family at Sunnyside Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Donations can be made to the Springville Volunteer Fire Co., 3866 SR 29, Springville, PA 18844 or a
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