CARIBOU and ELLSWORTH – Paul Dyer, 88, died Jan. 19, 2013, in Machias. He was born Nov. 23, 1924, in Caribou, son of the late Harry H. and Eva (Paul) Dyer.
Paul was a 1943 graduate of Caribou High School and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II where he was trained as a pilot and a turret gunner onboard a B-29. Fortunately, two weeks before he was to be sent to the Pacific, the war ended. He owned and operated Dyer’s Body Shop, Caribou, for many years, eventually settling on the coast in Hancock. He worked until retirement at Ashmore Brothers Garage, Ellsworth, doing wheel alignment. The last five years, Mr. Dyer was a resident of Maine Veterans Home, Machias. Paul was an avid ham radio operator – NW1P – and made many friends through this hobby. He had several passions he pursued with vigor. He kept his flying license for many years and enjoyed renting planes and taking family and friends on short flights. He was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid reader, enjoyed metal detecting, playing his classical guitar, wood working, as well as repairing clocks, and was a charter member of the Jaycees and member of Sportsmen’s Inc.
Paul is survived by his five children, Philip Dyer and his wife, Mary, of Clarkesville, Ga., John P. Dyer of Belgrade, Diane Richardson and her husband, Tom, of Clarkesville, Ga., James M. Dyer of Machias and Luke Dyer of Van Buren; and five siblings, Arlene Milton of Bangor, Wanda Toohey and her husband, Bob, of Tucson, Ariz., Cora Havlir of Dallas, Betty Richards of El Paso, Texas, and George Dyer and his wife, Henrietta, of Tucson, Ariz. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and cousins.
Friends may call 11 a.m. until time of funeral services 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou, with the Rev. George McLaughlin officiating. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery. After the services all are invited to a time of continued fellowship and refreshments with the family at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center. www.mocklerfuneralhome.com