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KEWANEE – Lloyd R. Dyer, 92, of Kewanee, died at 9:30 a.m., Friday, June 8, 2018 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Joe Schmidt will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13 with Masonic services at 6:45 p.m. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church in Kewanee.
He was born June 8, 1926 in Canton, IL, the son of Uri and Verna (Macklin) Dyer. He married Irene L. Asbell on December 26, 1948 in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on June 26, 2004. Survivors include two sons, Robert (Linda) Dyer of St. Charles, MO and Bradley (Shirley) Dyer of Kewanee, a daughter, Peggy (Richard) Bennett of Kewanee, six grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Herb Dyer.
Lloyd graduated from Kewanee High School in 1944. He served his country in the U.S. Navy after WWII. He had worked in the Forestry Division as a tree trimmer for Illinois Power for 35 years until his retirement. He also operated the Dairy Queen from 1967-73. He helped develop the Kewanee Stage Coach/Pony Express Trail with Gus DeToye. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the Kewanee Masonic Lodge. He was an avid sports fan and animal lover who enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and following the Chicago Cubs and especially their World Series win. He had marshalled at various golf outings over the years, had been a Boy Scout leader and was inducted into the Kewanee High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017 for football. He also enjoyed visiting with people and being a part of the McDonalds crew and especially following the events of his grandchildren.