Elysburg – Donald E. Dyer, 80, of 356 W. Center Street, passed away February 28, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
Born in Elysburg on February 18, 1940 he was the son of the late, John L. and Mary M. (Hoffman) Dyer. He graduated from Ralpho Township High School. Don was a three-sport athlete participating in soccer, basketball, and baseball.
On November 26, 1960 he married the love of his life, Sandra C. Metza in Grace Lutheran Church, Shamokin. They shared 59 years of marriage together. Donald retired from Geisinger. He worked for 35 years as a funeral director assistant at Farrow Funeral Directors. At the time of his death he was employed part time for Farrow-C.J. Lucas Funeral and Cremation Service.
Don was a great example of a man living out his faith every day. He was Chaplain of the Elysburg Fire Department, chaplain’s assistant at Geisinger, volunteer prison ministry at SCI Coal Township, served as an elder and Sunday school teacher at various churches he attended, for three years he served as fire chief at Elysburg Fire Department, a life member at Elysburg Fire Department, and a former EMT for Elysburg Ambulance.
Don greatly enjoyed attending athletic contests in which his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren participated. He especially enjoyed playing golf with his son-in-law and grandsons. His love of sports continued into his 70’s when he discovered kayaking with his daughter and son in law. Donald was an avid Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, and Hershey Bears fan. He was a die-hard Southern Columbia sports fan.
Donald is survived by his wife, Sandra Dyer of Elysburg; a son, Tim Dyer of Enola; two daughters, Terri Snyder of Numidia, and Tammy Coroian and her husband, George of Elysburg; three grandsons, Nathan Snyder and his wife, Kaitlin of Numidia, Bryan Snyder and his wife, Tamara of Elysburg, and Elijah Dyer of Harrisburg; four granddaughters, Erin Spotts and her husband DJ of Overlook, Kaitlyn Tyrie and her husband, Sean of Lewisburg, Jessica Richard and her husband Nathan of IL, and Samantha Wolf and her husband, Ryan of Harrisburg; Great grandsons, Nathan Snyder, Jonah Snyder, Noah Snyder, Carter Spotts, Cole Spotts, and Gabriel Richard; great granddaughters, Caroline Spotts, Isabella Snyder, Reagan Tyrie, and Peyton Tyrie; two brothers-in-law, Gary Metza and his wife Mary of Schuylkill Haven, and Michael Metza of TX; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Bryan Snyder; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alex and Shirley Metza; two sisters, Doris Gibbons and her husband, James, and Mary Ann Dyer; and two brothers, Robert Dyer and John Dyer Jr.
Donald Dyer, 80, of 356 W Center Street, Elysburg – Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 11:00 am with Andrew Knisley, officiating, in Elysburg Alliance Church, 113 Alpha Avenue, Elysburg, PA, 17824. Viewing will be held Monday Evening from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Farrow-C.J. Lucas Funeral and Cremation Service, 240 W Chestnut Street, Shamokin, Lori Ann Campbell, Supervisor. Burial will be held following the service at Northumberland Memorial Park, Sunbury. To send condolences to the family please visit www.farrowfh.com
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