Robert E. Dyer, 95 of Foristell, MO formerly of Springfield, IL and Venice, FL passed away Jan. 21, 2018 at his home.
He was born January 3, 1923 of Andrew Irvin Shutt (father) and Myra Henry Shutt (biological mother). He was raised and adopted upon the death of his mother at birth by his aunt Elizabeth (Henry) Dyer and Walter Barton Dyer of Ashland, IL. He spent his formative years in Ashland and summers in Normal, IL and Divernon, IL.
He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II on the USS Hancock as a First Class Petty Officer, Radar Repair, with a high security clearance in the U.S. Navy. Always on the cutting edge of technology, he jumped for joy to be able to get an education with the GI bill after the war. Following the war, he attended Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. His contribution at Sangamo Electric in Springfield, IL helped make the US Navy’s sonar technology the best in the world through the Cold War.
He married V. Bernice Tweedell on May 31st, 1946 and they were married 66 years until her death in 2012.
Robert is survived by a son, Larry Dyer of Foristell, MO; daughter, Virginia Wickens of Springfield, MO; six grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He was a passionate believer in Jesus Christ and used every opportunity to share the gospel with others—eagerly looking forward to being united with his Savior.
Visitation will be from 2-4pm, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 at Southern View Chapel, 4500 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, IL. Additional visitation will be from 9am until time of service at 10am at the church with Rev. Gary Gilley officiating. Burial will take place at Brush Creek Cemetery, Divernon.
For friends and acquaintances in Missouri, a memorial service and visitation will be held at Chapel of The Lake in Lake St. Louis, MO on Thursday February 8 at 7:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers gifts may be made to a favorite Christian ministry called “Faith Comes by Hearing”—an international audio Bible recording company that creates audio Bibles in 920 languages; http://www.faithcomesbyhearing.com