Father of newly ordained priest dies

Richard Eugene Dyer Sr., the father of newly ordained Father Richard Dyer, died at his home Dec. 28, just one day after witnessing his son's ordination to the priesthood by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde. Dyer was 77.
Dyer was born Dec. 7, 1934, in Niles, Mich., to the late Vernon H. and Ruth A. Young Dyer.
He attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and later graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in geodetic science.
For 31 years, Dyer served in the U.S. Air Force as a colonel during the Vietnam War, a C-130 gunship pilot and a comptroller of the former Strategic Air Command. During his military career, he received numerous medals including a Legion of Merit and three Distinguished Flying Crosses.
Following his retirement, Dyer worked as a defense contractor. For the past six years, he resided in Culpeper, where he was a parishioner of Precious Blood Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Dyer is survived by his wife, Justine Ellen Kovacs Dyer, and their four children, Deborah Ann Bauers and her husband, Robert, of Spotsylvania; Father Dyer of Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.; Michael David Dyer and his wife, Heather, of Avon, Conn.; and Reneé Elizabeth Forero and her husband, Francesco, of Gainesville.
Additional survivors include two sisters, Gladys Staniszewski and her husband, Joe, and Donna Mae Herget and her husband, Bob; and six grandchildren: Victoria and Shannon Bauers, Brianna and Brendan Dyer, and Juliana and Joshua Forero. Dyer was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Charles.
A funeral Mass was offered Monday by Father Richard Dyer at Precious Blood. Interment was scheduled for Jan. 4 at Arlington National Cemetery. Dyer was to be buried with full military honors and a 21-gun salute.

Go to catholicherald.com/stories/A-last-wish-fulfilled,17664 for the story of Ftaher Richard Dyer's ordination.

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