John Joseph Dwyer, Jr., Col, USAF (Ret)

John Joseph Dwyer, Jr., Col, USAF (Ret), passed away September 12, 2011. Funeral services are set for 1:00 PM, Thursday, September 15, in the chapel of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home, with Joe Williams of the Edgemere Church of Christ officiating. Burial will follow at Crestview Memorial Park, under the direction of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home.

    John was born September 5, 1923 to Joe and Bertha Dwyer in Archer County, TX, the Black Flat community.  He was known as Jodie to his friends and family until he joined the Army Air Corps in 1943.

    In WWII, John flew in China-Burma-India theater of operations, where he ferried fuel and supplies to China. Upon returning from one mission, flying over mountainous terrain, he and his crew had to bail out due to engine failure. One crew member was lost and John grieved for him the rest of his life.

    During the Berlin Airlift, John piloted C-54's ferrying food and supplies from Rhein Main AB, Germany to Berlin. John and Lera Stegall were married in January of 1945. The couple had four children. During John's Air Force career, which he cherished, he took his family to San Antonio, Grand Prairie, Travis AFB, Norton AFB, McGuire AFB, Keesler AFB, Rhein Main AB, and Lajes Field, Azores.  During his career, John was awarded the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal (3 OLC) Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Medal for Humane Action w/Berlin Device, and Air Force Commendation Medal.
   John liked to write.  He wrote about his early life, his brothers and sisters, his dreams and thoughts and self-published them to share with family and friends.  He wrote many letters to the editor and shared his valued opinions with legislators about the affairs of the day.

   John was preceded in death by his daughter, Laine, and son, Roger.  He is survived by Lera, his wife of 66 years, his children, Dennis and his wife Linda Dwyer, Niceville, Florida, their daughters Amanda, (husband Mike, grandsons Dylan and Chad), Jennifer, and Melissa; Robert and his wife Beth Dwyer of Dade City, Florida, their son, Rustin, and daughters Emily and Cara; Roger's daughters, Amber and Michelle, and Laine's four son's Simon, Raymond, Robin, and Jody. In all, there were twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

   The family will receive friends and visitors from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home, Wichita Falls, Texas.

   Memorials for Col. Dwyer may be sent to the Edgemere Church of Christ, or to a charity of your choice.

   Following the burial, the Dwyers will receive family and friends at John and Lera Dwyer’s home in Wichita Falls.

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