Winford "Toot" W. Dyer

Born: Sat., Aug. 21, 1937
Died: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Dec. 23, 2018
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Sugar Grove

Funeral Service

4:00 PM Sun., Dec. 23, 2018
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Sugar Grove

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Winford W. Dyer, known to friends as “Toot”, 81, of Youngsville, PA, passed away Friday, December 21, 2018 at the Rouse Nursing Home in Youngsville, PA.  His passing came after a long-fought, courageous battle against Parkinson’s Disease.  

He was born August 21, 1937 on Indian Camp Run Road, Youngsville, PA. He was a son to the late William H. and Delila E. Dyer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two older brothers, George Ralph Dyer and Donald Howard Dyer, and step-mother Laura Dyer.

Toot was a proud alumnus of Youngsville High School and was a part of the 1955 graduating class. He was a member of the YHS football team. Toot served as the “Voice of the Eagles” for his alma mater, announcing football games for 45 seasons.

After graduation, he enlisted in the US Air force. He graduated from basic training at Sampson Air Force Base in Geneva, New York and was then stationed at Pepperell Air Force Base in St. John’s, Newfoundland for duty as a personnel specialist. Following that, Toot was assigned to duty at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C. until he was honorably discharged in August, 1959.
Upon returning home, he worked 42 years until his retirement as Traffic Manager at the National Forge in Irvine, PA. In addition to announcing Youngsville football games, Toot was actively involved in his community in a multitude of ways. He was a member of the Sugar Grove First Presbyterian Church, the Youngsville Sports Boosters, Rec. Commission, Lions Club, and a lifetime member of the Bull Runs Sportsman’s Club. He played in the Over 30 Softball League, participated in a bowling league, co-founded (along with Dennis Engstrom) the Men’s Over 50 golf League at Maplehurst, and coached the talented, award-winning Dan’s Team of the Valley Girls’ Softball League. He was an avid fan of Pittsburgh sports, slinky toys, running, and shoveling snow for the entire town. Toot also transported numerous groups of children to and from school during his years as a school van driver.

Toot is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Louise Capron Dyer (who he proposed to on their first date); they celebrated their anniversary on December 16. He is also survived by his daughters Lynn (John) Martin and Kelly (Brian) Olsen, grandchildren, Reyd (Phil DeFabio) Martin, Hunter Martin, Piper Olsen, Zane Olsen, and great-grandson , Jude DeFabio. He will also be remembered by his two step-sisters, Mary Follett and Joan Moore, extended family, and dear friends. Toot opened the door of his home to all, and will be missed by many.

Friends will be received on Sunday, December 23, 2018 from 2-4pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 202 Main Street, Sugar Grove, PA. The visitation will be followed by a funeral service there at 4pm officiated by Pastor Patti Kuna.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Youngsville American Legion Post 658, where he was a member for many years, on Saturday, December 29, from 4-6:00 pm.
Family would like to thank the caring staff at the Rouse for their love, compassion, and care. Memorials can be made to the Sugar Grove First Presbyterian Church, the Youngsville Scholarship Fund, or the Rouse Resident Activity Fund.

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Jayne Blake
   Posted Fri December 21, 2018
Oh so many wonderful memories of Toot! He was the kindest man and always tolerated the crew of kids at his house. God bless the family as they move forward with out Toot. Love to all.

Ken and Linda Chambers
   Posted Fri December 21, 2018
Prayers for you in this transition. Our memories of living next to Dyers include times our children were in and out of the house with Reyd and Hunter. Toot and Louise were so gracious with the kids.

Alan & Patty McCullough
   Posted Fri December 21, 2018
Lynn & Kelly & Family: Our condolences on your loss. I remember listening at the football games to his voice! He will be always be the Voice of the Eagles!

Randy & Peg Viola
   Posted Fri December 21, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. We would see him every time we visited our father Frank. May all your memories carry you through this difficult time.

DeeDee Sherry
   Posted Fri December 21, 2018
It has been such a pleasure getting to know Toot while attending Sunday School and church. He was such a witty man and I always enjoyed our chats. He will be dearly missed.

Linda and Gabby
   Posted Fri December 21, 2018
So sorry to learn of the loss of your father Kelly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Cork & Lynn Jordan
   Posted Fri December 21, 2018
Dear Louise,
Can’t tell you how very sorry we are. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Always enjoyed visits with Toot at church, and it’s for certain that he is in no pain in heaven.
Blessings, Cork and Lynn

Keeley Kibbey Kuzminski
   Posted Sat December 22, 2018
sending sincere sympathies and prayers to the entire family to it was a great guy remember as a teenager hanging out at their house and he was always welcoming and kind to us all. Such a great generous man he will definitely be missed God bless all!

LaTroy Navaroli
   Posted Sat December 22, 2018

TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by Mary Follett, LaTroy and Don Navaroli and family, and Bethany Follett.

Chris young
   Posted Sat December 22, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss it was great to have him in my life he will be missed by all

Shawn Craig
   Posted Sat December 22, 2018
Condolences to the whole Dyer family. Toot cared about the community and the people in it. He will truly be missed.

David Jackson
   Posted Sat December 22, 2018
Sorry for your loss

John Rafalski and David Molko
   Posted Sun December 23, 2018
Words are never adequate but please know that there are many fond memories of Toot. We send sincere condolences and the hope that time and the memories will bring comfort.

Linda Alspaugh
   Posted Wed December 26, 2018
Lynn and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I did not know your father well; but, working at YHS, I look at the plaque acknowledging his years as “the voice of the Eagles” in the office every day and think of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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