KEARNEY - Nora Dyer, 89, of Kearney died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at St. John's Nursing Home in Kearney.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at United Church of Sumner with the Rev. Ken Hutson officiating.
Burial will follow at Sumner Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney.
Nora Ellen Blumanhourst Dyer was born Dec. 11, 1931, to Alfred and Rachel (Mason) Blumanhourst at Sumner. They moved to the farm west of Sumner when she was 3, attending Jewel Country School through sixth grade. Her teacher was Marge Pierce. Then she attended Sumner High School. Upon graduation, she worked at the Buffalo County Courthouse in the treasurer's office.
On Nov. 9, 1949, she married Vernon Dyer at First United Methodist Church in Lexington. They lived on a farm near Sumner until they purchased Dyer Tavern, which they owned for 21 years. Born to their marriage were Betty (Eggers), Robert (Janet Hagan) and Rhonda (Douglas King). After selling the tavern in 1971, Nora worked in Kearney a year at Central Typewriter, then at the Dawson County Courthouse 21 years for the surveyor's office, and the weed control.
She volunteered for school activities and was active in the Jolly Janes Club (a Sumner community service and social group), and the Legion Auxiliary. She was the first president of the Sumner Alumni Association and served on the Selective Service Board for 20 years at the local and district levels. She was also a caregiver for relatives, friends and neighbors. With her sewing and needlework talents, she enjoyed making quilts, tablecloths and baby blankets for family members and friends. She also enjoyed her flowers and took care of large vegetable gardens and was known for making pies. Vernon and Nora enjoyed country music and dances at Miller Hall. They learned to square dance and enjoyed playing cards.
They were devoted grandparents attending many of their grandchildren's events as they grew. Many family outings involving hunting, fishing and camping. They each won several "Master Angler" Awards. They also enjoyed traveling in their fifth-wheel, taking it south for the winters 1995-2001 and then finally owning a winter home in Arizona (2002-2010). Their Sumner home had extensive fire damage in 2008, which led them to move to Kearney.
Survivors include her children, Betty Eggers, Robert (Janet Hagan) Dyer and Rhonda (Douglas King); brother, Dean (Lorraine) Blumanhourst; sisters, Elsie Dockweiler and Doris Dockweiler; sisters-in-law, Merna Blumanhourst, Doris Blumanhourst, Donna Dyer, Jan Dyer and Pat (Keith) Scoville; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; as well as many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Dyer; parents, Alfred and Rachel Blumanhourst; brothers, Alfred and Alvin Blumanhourst; brothers-in-law, Don Dockweiler, Dan Dockweiler, Wayne Dyer, Dick Dyer and Jim Dyer; sister-in-law, Mary Dyer; son-in-law, Gordon Eggers.
Memorials are suggested to the United Church of Sumner or Sumner American Legion Post 41.
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Published by Kearney Hub on Oct. 26, 2021.