GLADSTONE - Dan Dyer, 61, of 5335 Chaison 23.5 Rd Gladstone, Mich., passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at his home.
Dan was born Feb. 16, 1951, in Lansing, Mich., to Walter and Margarita "Peggy" (Mulholland) Dyer. He was a 1969 graduate of Holt High School.
Dan worked for Jacklin Steel in Traverse City and later was the driving force in establishing the Jacklin Steel branches in both Iron Mountain and Escanaba, Mich.
Daniel ‘Dan’ S. Dyer
Dan worked at Independent Machine Company until creating his own business U.P. Sourcing, which he ran until his retirement.
Dan was an excellent salesman and many of his clients became friends for life.
Dan was a funny, kind and loving friend to all, and he made friends everywhere he went.
Dan loved visiting with friends and family, especially by a bonfire. He also enjoyed old westerns, gardening, cooking, watching birds and wildlife. Dan also enjoyed taking long drives in the country with no particular destination. Just like he did as a child with his parents, he'd say "let's just see what we find." He was also an avid Lions fan and enjoyed spending time at the family homestead in Petoskey. He also was a lover of classic rock.
Dan was heaven sent and has been returned to sender.
Dan is survived by his sons, Ben Dyer of Gladstone and Andy Dyer of Duluth, Minn. He is further survived by four sisters, Carol Shermoe, Rockford, Mich., Virginia (Roger) Jeffers, Charlotte, Mich., Kathy (Gary) McCrum, Collierville, Tenn., Teresa (Rick) Stowers, Washington Township, Mich.; two brothers, Jim Dyer of Holt, Mich., Kraig (Amy) Dyer of Gladstone; brother-in-law, Jim White of East Lansing and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents Peggy and Walter, Dan was greeted in Heaven by his sister Barbie White and infant sister Diana.
Dan's family will receive friends on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of Dan Dyer will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jonathan Schmidt officiating. Luncheon will follow in the First Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.
The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Gladstone are assisting the Dyer family. Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com where you can express your sympathy to the Dyer family, or to leave a memory tribute about Dan.