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DYER, Richard Eugene

DYER - Richard Eugene 77, of Culpeper died Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at his residence. He was born December 7, 1934 in Niles, MI to the late Vernon H. and Ruth A. Young Dyer. Mr. Dyer served as Colonel in the US Air Force where he served during the Vietnam War. During his 31 years in the military, he was a C-130 Gunship Pilot, served as comtroller of the former Strategic Air Command and achieved numerous medals including a Legion of Merit and 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses. He attended Purdue University and later graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Geodetic Science. After his retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Dyer worked as a Defense Contractor. He resided in Culpeper the past 6 years after many moves during his military career, was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved and cherished his wife, children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Justine Ellen Kovacs Dyer, four children, Deborah Ann Bauers and her husband, Robert of Spotsylvania, Fr. Richard Eugene Dyer, Jr. of Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, Michael David Dyer and his wife, Heather of Avon, CT and Renee; Elizabeth Forero and her husband, Francesco of Gainesville, VA; additional survivors include two sisters, Gladys Staniszewski and her husband, Joe, Donna Mae Herget and her husband, Bob, and six grandchildren, Victoria and Shannon Bauers, Brianna and Brendan Dyer and Juliana and Joshua Forero. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Dyer. The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 1, 2012 from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM at FOUND AND SONS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 850 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, VA. A Christian wake service will be held at 7 PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, January 2, 2012 at 11 AM at Precious Blood Catholic Church, 114 E. Edmondson St., Culpeper, VA, celebrated by Mr. Dyer's son, Fr. Richard E. Dyer, Jr. Interment will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. An online guestbook and tribute wall are available at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Culpeper is handling the arrangements.

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