He was born in St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 5, 1946, to Harry and Louise (Hibbler) Dryer. He graduated from Cathedral High School, Indianapolis, with the class of 1965. After high school he worked for Modern Photo Offset Supply as a salesman. On May 11, 1968, he married Rosemarie Mader. He also worked for C.R.E. Newspaper, Clay City, for a short time before joining Curtis Industries as an automobile parts salesman. Later he began PDC Contracting and worked as a carpenter for a short time before working for Red Wing Shoes. Later he and Rosemarie opened the Boot Doc, Clay City, which specialized in shoe repair. Most recently, however, he was working as a carpenter and contractor, which was his life's passion. In his free time he enjoyed fishing, watching movies, tinkering in his shop and spending time with the family.
He was preceded in death by his father Harry Dryer, sisters Linda Soel and Lucy Leighton.
Survivors include his mother Louise Dryer, brother Michael Dryer and wife Kathleen, all of Indianapolis, wife Rosemarie, Clay City, children: Angie Freeman and husband Bob, Clay City, Jessica Gorby and husband Stephen, Jasonville, Mark Dryer and wife Cary, Clay City, Maggie Dryer, Clay City and Jennifer Dryer, Clay City, grandchildren Erin Freeman, Collin Dryer, Mackenzie Dryer, Chris Gorby and Trisha Gorby, great-grandchildren Grant Goldsberry, and Ethan Gorby as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Annunciation Catholic Church, Brazil, Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. Rosary will be held at the funeral home Wednesday, at 10 a.m. Visitation will be at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home Tuesday, from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of the Wabash Valley or an organization of your choice.
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