UNIVERSITY PARK — Donald Dye, 89, of University Park, was surrounded by his family when he went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 8, 2014, while being cared for at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa.
He was born May 20, 1925, in Oskaloosa, the son of Clyde and Nellie Johns Dye. He graduated from Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1943. He was drafted into the U.S. Army infantry in October of 1943. Don was in the Battle of the Bulge and received significant injuries while overseas. He was rescued from the battlefield as a John Doe because his identification was lost. Due to this fact, Don was not decorated for his effort until later in life. His awards include, Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Bronze Star and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honored to be able to be a part of an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in 2009. On Aug. 3, 1945, he married the love of his life Lottie E. Hartman in Oskaloosa. Don and Lottie were blessed with four children, Julie, Don, Jr., Lynne, and Kristen. Don worked as a tool and die maker and precision machinist retiring from G&L Industries in 1990. Don committed himself to Christ at an early age, he actively served as a lay minister for over 30 years, first at Lower Grove and later at Lancaster Christian Church. He was always happy to share the good news of Jesus. His greatest loves were his Lord and family. He will be remembered for his huge heart and sense of humor. Don was an avid ham radio operator and enjoyed the ham radio club. He also loved the outdoors, fishing and camping. He was also a very talented handyman.
His family includes his wife of nearly 69 years, Lottie “Dolly” Dye, of University Park; four children, Julie Montgomery, of Ce-dar, Don Dye Jr., of Bel-mond, Lynne (Le) Rog-ers, of Oskaloosa, and Kristen (Curt) Sarver, of Oskaloosa; five grandchildren, Julie (Jim) Miller, Cory (Dayna) Sarver, Grant (Jennifer) Rogers, Courtney (Brian) DeRonde, and Ryan (Jossy) Rogers; 11 great-grandchildren, Riley, Brooklyn, and Gabi Miller, Bennett and Ainsley Rogers, M’Lynn and Brady DeRonde, and Audra, Ethan, Brennan and Quinn Sarver. He was also waiting with great anticipation for another great-grandson to be born in July. Additionally he is survived by two sisters-in-law, Fairy Hartman and Betty Smith.