James E. “Jim” Dyer, Sr.

Sharon, Vt. — James E. “Jim” Dyer, Sr., 85 died on Sunday, April 14, 2013, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Jct., Vt.

He was born on Dec. 1, 1927, in Plymouth, Vt., the son of Emma Loney (Durkee) and Frank Lewis Dyer, Sr. He attended school in Sharon and served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. during World War II. He worked construction and at Gibson’s Saw Mill in Sharon and did logging with horses. For many years he worked for the Army Corp. of Engineers as the supervisor at the North Hartland Dam. He also raised chickens for eggs and sold them to local stores. In 1949, he married Joyce Wilkinson and later they were divorced.

He was a member of the North Pomfret Congregational Church in North Pomfret, Vt. and the American Legion Post #26 in Hartford, Vt. When he was younger he enjoyed playing town team baseball for Sharon. He also enjoyed, brook fishing, deer hunting, grouse hunting, growing vegetables in his garden, doing carpentry work around his home, traveling around the state to take photographs of the covered bridges, seeing the humming birds come back in May and his restored John Deere 40, 1953 tractor. Jim was a great story teller, children as well as adults enjoyed listening to his stories about the past. He loved his land and everything that grew on it, from flowers to the trees and going to the annual family reunion.

His survived by four sons, James Dyer, Jr. and his companion, Francene Ellis of Sharon, Leslie Dyer of South Royalton, Vt., Malcolm Dyer and his wife, Meredith of Strafford, Vt. and Douglas Dyer and his wife Laura of Tunbridge, Vt.; two daughters, Denise Dwyer and her husband, Rick and Valerie Boles and her husband, Mike all of Sharon; 17 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; two sisters, Alice Chase of North Pomfret, Vt. and Barbara Ormrod of Spring Hill, Fla.; many neices, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by four brothers, Frank Dyer, Maynard Dyer, Theodore Dyer and Clifford Dyer and a sister, Marion Cole.

There will be no public calling hours. A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Pine Hill Cemetery in Sharon, Vt. with Rev. Margaret Flad officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sharon Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 74, Sharon, VT 05065.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home, 300 VT RT 110, Chelsea, Vt. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.