Vernon Dyer

Vernon Dyer, 91, of Kearney died Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Kearney Regional Medical Center in Kearney.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 20, 2019 at the United Church of Sumner.  The Rev. Ken Hutson will officiate.  Interment will follow at the Sumner Cemetery with military honors provided by the Sumner Honor Guard in conjunction with the Nebraska National Guard Honors Team.

Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney.

Vernon LeRoy Dyer was born on Oct. 20, 1927 in Holdrege to Roy and Leona (Everson) Dyer. He attended country school, worked on the family farm and at the age of 19, he joined the army serving as a decoder at the 8th Army Headquarters in Japan after World War II. Following his discharge in June of 1947, Vernon returned to Nebraska where he met and married Nora Ellen Blumanhourst on November 9, 1949 at the Methodist Church in Lexington. The couple lived in Sumner until they moved to Kearney in 2008. 

His occupations were farming, Dyer’s Tavern owner, Agricultural Soil Conservation Service, and then Dawson County weed superintendent for 20 years.

He was active in the American Legion and the Sumner Community Club. Vernon was a charter member of the Sumner Rescue Unit, Secretary-Treasurer of the Nebraska Weed Control, and member of the Hastings Community College Agricultural Board.

Vernon enjoyed playing pool, hunting, fishing and camping.  After retiring, Vernon and Nora enjoyed many winters in Texas and Arizona. First, in their 5th wheel and then in a 2nd home in Arizona.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 69 years, Nora Ellen Dyer of Kearney; son, Bob (Janet) Dyer of Wayne; daughters, Betty Eggers of Kearney and Rhonda (Doug) King of Kearney; eight grandchildren, Craig, Casey, Laura, Clint, Chris, Owen, Eric, and Tim; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Pat (Keith) Scoville of Holdrege; sisters-in-law, Janice Dyer of Grand Island, Mary Dyer of Missouri and Donna Dyer of California; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Sharon Kay; four brothers, Jim, Richard, Larry, and Wayne; and son-in-law, Gordon Eggers.

Memorials are suggested to the United Church of Sumner or the American Legion Post #41.

Condolences may be shared online at  Services are entrusted to O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services. 

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