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Dixon Dyer

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Dixon Lee Dyer Jr., 74, of Sand Springs, passed away on Feb. 16, 2013, in Tulsa. A beloved husband and father, Dixon was born in Pawnee to Dixon Lee Dyer and Levisa Morris Dyer on June 15, 1938. He and his wife Peggy were due to celebrate their 27th anniversary in March. They met through Dixon’s sister, Eloise Wibben, married after years of courtship and became the proud parents of two daughters, one of whom was recently wed. Dixon learned to appreciate the opportunities afforded through education and mentoring after attending and living in the Goodland Presbyterian Children’s Home in Hugo and later at Chilocco Indian School located near Ponca City from the age of five through high school. He took part in and enjoyed many sports including football, baseball and track, appreciating the personal attention and guidance provided by coaches as well as his teachers. He also participated in the National Guard 45th Infantry Division Charlie Company and assisted his family by working summers at a local flourmill and sending money home. Dixon’s thirst for education took him to the Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kan., with athletic scholarships supporting his education and remaining at Chilocco for his room and board. In track, Dixon set a record the two-mile run that stands to this day. His education at Cowley and later at Northeastern State University where he completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice led him to entrance into the Tulsa Police Academy and a 20-year career in law enforcement. Dixon’s commitment to lifelong learning resulted in his pursuit of advancement opportunities and training after moving to American Airlines through a Tulsa Technology Center certification in Aircraft Maintenance. Later he developed a reputation for his excellence as a “cooler mechanic” and finished a career in aviation maintenance with American after 24 years. He was active in the Fraternal Order of Police including holding leadership positions, was a 32nd Degree Mason, as well as an Akdar Shriner. He also was active in the Alumni Associations for Chilocco both locally and nationally. A hands-on father who was devoted to his two daughters, Dixon managed his own career while being supportive of Peggy and his daughters in their pursuits. Though ill and hospitalized, Dixon participated in Rachel’s wedding through Skype technology.

He was preceded in death by grandson Lloyd Dixon, his parents, and brothers Herman Dyer, Morris Dyer, David Dyer, Dallas Gilstrap, Jack Gilstrap, Kenneth (Bud) Gilstrap, and Robert Gilstrap. Dixon is survived by wife Peggy; daughters, Millie Dyer, of Oklahoma City, and Rachel Dyer Hilligoss with husband Austin of Sand Springs; siblings, Stella Long of Oklahoma City, Eloise Wibben with husband Charlie of Hugo, Fleeta Nelson with husband Coleman of Muskogee, and John Gilstrap with wife Carla of Stigler; nephews, Timothy Long with Chris Herbert of New York City, Charlie Bob Wibben, Johnny Roy Gilstrap, Gregory Gilstrap, Rob Gilstrap, Cale Gilstrap and David Gilstrap. Nieces are Lisa Long with husband Nick Koumoutseas of Derwood, Md., and Dedra Gallegos with husband Mike of Hugo; mother-in-law Mildred Dumas; sister-in-law Lucile Dyer; and brother-in-law Don Dumas with wife Paulette of Stigler.