Robert J. Dye, 91, passed away November 14, 2014. He was born in Altona, Missouri on November 30, 1922 to Robert Lee and Frances (Titus) Dye. He graduated from Purdy (Mo.) High School in 1939 and continued to attend class reunions throughout his life.
Mr. Dye received his apprentice training and joined the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #2 before serving in the Army Air Corps as a Sergeant in the 42nd Air Repair Squadron, 9th Air Force. In 1944 he was assigned to the European Theatre of Operations and worked in England, France, Belgium and Germany. He was honorably discharged in March, 1946.
In 1951, Bob married the love of his life and they settled in Westwood, Kansas. Bob worked in the sheet metal trade and eventually was elected Business Agent, and then Business Manager for the Union. He was responsible for many safety initiatives and worked on the creation of the union pension fund.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lorraine M. (Courdin) Dye; his brother, Roy E. Dye of Canton, Ohio; son, Robert Lloyd (Susan) Dye; daughter Beverly Jean (Clifford) Hill; and grandchildren Katherine Lorraine (Andrew) Hellige; Jared Robert Dye, all of Overland Park, Kan.; Devin Michael Mills of New York City; great-granddaughter Tova Lorraine Hellige of Overland Park, Kan.; a sister-in-law, Jesselyn Rowena Terry of Springfield, Mo., and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Dye was known for his sense of humor and gregarious personality. He served as President and active member of numerous organizations encompassing his faith, love of beekeeping and gardening, and support for the Sheet Metal Union. For many years he exercised with his dear friends at the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at St. Luke’s Hospital and the group’s Friday morning breakfasts at Chubby’s were the highlight of his week. His family at Freedom Pointe in Overland Park made him an Ambassador to welcome new residents.
Dad, Uncle Bob, Gramps – those were titles he claimed most proudly. Family gatherings were always best when he was there. We will always cherish his sweet devotion to Lorraine as Alzheimer’s takes its toll, and it is for this reason that the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
His visitation will be 6-8pm, Tuesday, November 18 at Overland Park Chapel. His funeral service will be 10am, Wednesday, November 19 at Overland Park Chapel. The graveside service will be 2pm, Thursday, November 20 at Waldensian Cemetery in Monett, Missouri. Please offer condolences at www.overlandparkchapel.com