Glenn Dyer

Glenn Dyer, 79, passed away at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kansas on January 24, 2018. He and his wife have made their home of many years at the Leeward Air Ranch near Ocala, Florida.

Glenn was born September 30, 1938 to parents James Leo and Edna Gaye (Thorne) Dyer on the family farm in Willow Springs Township west of Baldwin City, Kansas where he grew up attending schools at Prairie City and Baldwin. He was active in the Palmyra 4-H Club and the family farm.

At a young age of 17, Glenn enlisted and proudly served his country in the United States Navy for a ten-year tour of duty serving on ships in Norfolk, Jacksonville and Key West. While stationed in Key West, Florida he developed an interest in flying gaining private, commercial and instructor certificates. Following his discharge from the Navy he worked on construction of the Key West desalination plant for Westinghouse Electric Corp. This experience with Westinghouse took him to projects in Kuwait and Iran. He continued his career with Westinghouse and later Siemens Electrical Power Generation as an Instrumentation & Controls Engineer. Following his formal retirement he continued working part-time receiving calls for his skills on power plant maintenance up until the time of his passing. Throughout his adult life he remained passionate for his hobby of flying always owning one or more airplanes that he kept at his home at Leeward Air Ranch near Ocala, Florida.

Glenn married Barbara Edmonds Bryant on June 08, 1973 at the Ives Chapel United Methodist Church in Baldwin and became a wonderful father to her two daughters for 44 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother James Edward “Jimmy” Dyer.

He is survived by his wife Barbara and children, Brenda Pecora and husband Frank of Port St. Lucie FL, Tracy Kurtz of Ocala, FL. four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A brother, Robert Dyer of Centreville, Virginia, two nephews and three nieces that all loved him dearly.

A celebration of life and services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 3rd at Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, 1018 Miami St, Baldwin City, KS. A luncheon will be held at the church following the services where the family will greet friends. A memorial service and burial will take place at a later date in Ocala, Florida.

Flowers are welcome at the church services or in lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or to Palmyra 4-H Club, % Megan Thompson, 520 W Martin Street, Edgerton, KS 66021 or may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

15 Condolences

  1. Shirley Athey Tarpy on February 1, 2018 at 7:40 am

    To the family of Glenn, so sorry to hear this. I knew him from our grade school days at Prairie City. We were neighbors for several years. Lots of good times with him and his brothers…Prayers for the family…

  2. Cheryl K. Robinson on February 1, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    So sorry for your loss…..Cheryl K Robinson

  3. Kay Sanders on February 1, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    So for your unexpected loss.
    Kay Sanders

  4. Kay Sanders on February 1, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family!
    Kay Sanders

  5. Robin L Caple on February 2, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Barbara, we are all shocked & saddened by Glenn’s sudden death. We send hugs & prayers to you and your family. We are here for you whenever you come back to LAR.
    Robin Caple & your friends in Ocala

  6. Ron, Mike, Jackie Barbara, Loretta on February 3, 2018 at 4:02 am

    Our prayers are with your family at this time of loss. May the Lord guide you through
    this darken time.

  7. Debbie Godwin on February 25, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Words cannot express the sudden loss of such a dear, loving, kind and generous man. Glenn brought so much joy and happiness into every life he touched. May God comfort Barbara and the girls with all the love and strength that only He can give.
    I’m so privileged to have known and spent just a fraction of time with this extraordinary man.
    Our sincere condolences, prayers and love.
    Debbie (Massingill) and Tim Godwin
    Jacksonville, FL (formerly KW)

  8. Lois and Hogan on February 25, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Barbara and family,
    I (Lois) haven’t gotten over the shock of learning that Glenn is gone yet. He’s been a best friend for almost 48 years. He took our wedding picture (cause he was so intranced he held the camera and only woke up to the fact he was suppose to be taking pictures when Clete kissed me) but it’s a good picture! Clete (Hogan) knew him long before I did. We both loved him. He was our best friend. We could write a book on all our fond memories with him in our life and with Barbara when they married. They even took our two kids, Bryan and Debbie, to their motel in Key West on their honeymoon so they could swim in the pool and let them spend the night with them there. That’s the kind of wonderful people Glenn and Barbara are. We took a fantastic vacation to the west coast and drove up the California coast on a trip with them. Hogan’s flying and when he comes home tonight he’ll have plenty of memories to share with me of his best friend Glenn. Barbara we loved Glenn and always will. We love you and will be there for you always.
    All our love in Christ Jesus,
    Lois and Clete (Hogan) Massingill

  9. Chuck and Linda Patrick on March 6, 2018 at 11:02 am

    It was a great experience working with Glenn during my career with Westinghouse/Siemens. You always knew that not only the job would get done but it was done right with the highest quality. Our sincere condolences to Barbara and the entire family. Wishing everyone Good Health and Good Luck in the Future.
    God Bless !!

  10. Stuart Weddle on March 7, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I’ve know of Glenn by reputation for many years within WESTINGHOUSE & SIEMENS. He was truly legendary. I’ve created a memorial for Glenn on-line and would like to add a photo from his time with our company. I [& others] would appreciate it.

  11. Raymond L. Shreve on March 8, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    From Raymond Shreve
    Dear Barbara and Girls,
    You perhaps do not remember me but I knew Glenn through his time at “Island City Flying Service.” I knew him as a good flyer (pilot) and spiritual hearted man. While it has been many years since paths crossed briefly there is no doubt that he held a steady course and made the final landing on heaven’s shore. Our sympathy and prayers are with you.

  12. Rusty on September 22, 2018 at 7:41 pm


    And “I”. Was dating Brenda at time. Recall Flying with Glenn into the “Wild Blue Yonder”. Glenn liked to take Plane to Peak Height and Engine would Stall. Wow better than a Roller Coaster! Addios Glenn. Till we “Fly” Again maybe somewhere Down the Road(or Airspace this senerio)


  13. Rusty on September 22, 2018 at 7:48 pm


    Your Wondering Plane Stalled Lack of Oxygen and would “Nose Dive” Still have that Smile Pictured on Glenns FACE. Glenn would Recover Plane in Vitual “Air Space” and Pull HER Up! Off wed go…….. Ride Um Cowboy!

  14. Rusty on September 22, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Hi Barb…….. Renda……..Tracy. Rscall Road Tdip to Lawrence Ks in 70’s!

  15. Brenda Pecora on June 24, 2022 at 11:58 am

    Thanks everyone for your messages just reading these over four years later. So heartwarming.

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