|Birth: ||Sep. 3, 1907|
|Death: ||Sep. 6, 2004|
The Ionia Daily Sentinel-Standard, September 8, 2004
Wilber W. Dye, aged 97, of Lake Odessa, was called Home to be with the Lord he loved on Monday afternoon, September 6, 2004. Wilber Wilson Dye was born in Brooklyn, Mich., on September 3, 1907 to Harry and Ada (Day) Dye.
His family moved to Lake Odessa when Wilber was 11 years old. He graduated from Lake Odessa High School in 1928. On August 31, 1930 he was married to Margaret Mesecar in the parsonage of the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Lake Odessa by Rev. Wolverton. Wilber and Margaret lived most of their married life in the Lake Odessa area, including 67 years together at their home on Washington Blvd. Margaret passed away on September 20, 2000, after observing their 70 th wedding anniversary on August 31, 2000.
Wilber was always a hard working man; he had managed the Kroger stores in Freeport and Lake Odessa, and then worked as a tool and die maker for Lake Odessa Machine Products for 25 years and TRW in Portland for 10 years before retiring in 1973.He enjoyed gardening and generously shared vegetables and berries with family and friends. He had learned the carpentry trade from his father, and put it to good use over the years on his own home and generously shared his skills with others. After he retired, he continued to enjoy woodworking and made many special items for his family and friends. The church had always been a very important part of Wilber's life. He had been an 80-year member of the former E.U.B. Church of Lake Odessa, which merged with the Woodland E.U.B. Church, to form the Lakewood United Methodist Church. Wilber had always been a faithful contributor and supporter. He took his vows very seriously to support the church with his prayers, his presence, his gifts, and his service. He served as Sunday School Superintendent, Trustee, and Treasurer of the Building Fund for many years. One of the joys Wilber experienced as Lakewood United Methodist celebrated its 10th anniversary on April 2, 1978 and the completion of the new building project was having the honor of burning the mortgage.
Wilber has lost many family members through the years, his parents, Harry and Ada Dye; his wife, Margaret; sister Ruth; stepsister, Golda; brother, Irwin; step-brother, David; son, Dallas; and granddaughter Brenda. He is survived by his daughter, Lois (Melvin) Batholomew; son, Larry (Barbara) Dye; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Virginia Dye; nieces, Millicent and Sue; nephew, James; and many other loving relatives and friends.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Koops Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa. The funeral service will be held on 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 9 at the Lakewood United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery. The family has suggested that memorial contributions may be made to the Lakewood United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the Barry Community Hospice.
Margaret Beulah Mesecar Dye (1912 - 2000)
Dallas J. Dye (1942 - 1981)*
Created by: Bonnie Hoy
Record added: Jul 11, 2011
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