Jake Frank Dyer, 93, of Dyer passed away Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Fort Smith after a three-month illness. He was born May 30, 1924, in Dyer to the late Asa and Mary Lee Dyer. He was a Navy combat veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific. In addition to his duties on board his ship, he also served as a gunner on amphibious landing craft. He saw action from the Solomon Islands to Okinawa. After the war, he worked in construction as an ironworker in the Chicago area. He married Wanda Porter in 1950 before moving back to their hometown of Dyer in 1964, when Jake began ranching and farming as well as continuing to work as an ironworker. He was a JP on the first Crawford County Quorum Court and served as a Democrat Party county committeeman for many years. He attended the Dyer United Methodist Church and served as the trustee chairman for the church. He enjoyed gardening and sharing his garden produce with family and friends. For the past six years, he assisted with taking care of the Dyer Cemetery. After retiring from construction work, he continued ranching and farming until his death. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda; and four sisters, Reba Winford, Leona Muzzall, June Steele and Mary Myers.
He is survived by a daughter, Mary Fitting and husband Lawrence of Fort Smith; a son, Joel Dyer of Dyer; a sister, Ruth Pennington of Fayetteville; and twin brother, Mack Dyer of Fort Smith. He is also survived by grandchildren, Caleb Fitting, Sarah Smith and husband Chad, and Jacob Fitting; and by great-grandchildren, Ben and Ethan Smith.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Dyer Cemetery with military honors, under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dyer United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 64, Dyer, AR 72935.
The family would like to thank the staff of Peachtree Hospice and Alma Heath and Rehabilitation for their care and kindness.
To place an online tribute, go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.