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Celebration service Saturday for Rod Dyerly

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Rodney B. Dyerly passed away peacefully on June 18, 2012.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruth Mary; daughters Linda Dyerly, of Dune Acres, Ind., Cindy Halsey (Phil), of Fulshear, Texas and son Dave Dyerly (Kelli), of Chelsea, Michigan.

Rod is remembered as a loving grandfather to Amy Simcox (Steve), Indianapolis, Ind.; Shelby Halsey, Fulshear, Texas; Joel Dyerly (Laura), Manchester, Michigan, and Warren, Nick and Talia Dyerly, Chelsea, Michigan.

Born in Pratt, Kansas on March 12, 1931, Rod was the only child of Eileen and Donald Dyerly. His father died in 1945. Rod then helped his mother run a laundry in Pratt for several years.

After graduating from Kansas University in 1953, Rod entered law school. The Korean conflict saw him on active duty for two years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Later he was retired from the Air Force Reserve as a Major.

In 1955 he married Ruth Longwood of Stafford, Kansas. Rod finished law school to become a trust officer with the First National Bank of Kansas City Missouri. In 1964, as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law, Rod joined a Gary law firm, which became Thomas, Burke, Dyerly & Cuppy. He was a member of the Indiana, Missouri, Kansas and American Bar Associations.

Following in his fatherís footsteps as a volunteer fireman, Rod served as fire chief of Dune Acres for several years. As such, he opened fire trails in the surrounding dunes, which are still in use today.

After retiring in 1989, Rod and his wife traveled extensively with Mike and Pauline Severns of Maui, Hawaii, to do exploratory diving where Rod used to say, ďNo man has gone before.Ē From these travels the book, Tropical Seashells, was published.

Two books were authored by Rod on the WWII B-29 Pratt Army Air Base, which was located just north of his hometown. These books are sold as revenue for the present Base Memorial. His interest in airplanes was a passion he passed on to his son, a commercial pilot, as well as his son-in-law and grandsons.

Rod never met a stranger. He loved to meet and talk to everyone. His quiet and loving way was a gift to all who knew him.

A celebration of Rodís life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at the Ogden Dunes Church, 116 Hillcrest Rd., Ogden Dunes, Ind. There will be no prior visitation. Interment will be at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Pratt, Kansas on Monday, June 25, at 11 a.m.

The family would like to thank those responsible for the loving care Rod received from AseraCare Hospice in Valparaiso as well as the Whispering Pines Health Care Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Rodís name to either the Department of Development - Alzheimer Research, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN, 55905 or to the endowment fund at the Ogden Dunes Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South 2nd St., Chesterton, IN. For more information please call 219-926-1309.

 

Posted 6/20/2012