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J. David Dyer
  • In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the the following organizations, which, in David's opinion, need all the help they can get right now.
  • Democratic National Committee

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“May the wind be always at your backAnd the sun shine warm upon your faceMay the rains fall soft upon your fieldUntil the day we meet againAnd the...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Drew Dyer - West Lafayette, OH

“Drew I am sorry to hear of David'said passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Darlene Gress - Columbus, OH

“Rest in Peace David. I'm thinking of so many stories from the past but most of all, thank you for what doing everything that you did for my family. ...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Bill Kitt - Florence, SC - Family

“RIP David. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Connie Arnold - Coshocton, OH

“Dave was my resident counselor at Johnson Hall at Kent State in the fall of 1969. He was a mentor and an example of integrity and intelligence. When...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: joseph lewis - Friend

“My sympathy and prayers to the Dyer family. He was a wonderful father to his girls. ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Pam Mackintosh

“Rest in peace Dave. I remember you there with us at the peace vigils in Kent. Fondly, Amy ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: Amy Hanmer - Friend

“My friendship and memory of Dave (JD) will always be cherished and held close to my heart. His inspiration undeniable. His straight forward honesty...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Philip Parks - Hutto, TX - Friend

“An interview that I conducted with Dave Dyer on November 18, 1999. - Tom Grace (some edit by Dennis Dyer to fit space here)Dave Dyer never spoke at...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Tom Grace - Buffalo, NY - Friend

“I remember Dave when I worked at KSU. Although we were almost always on opposite sides of everything, when a student needed a lawyer and had no money...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: R Flynn - Palmer, AK - Friend

“Tom Grace conducted an interview with Dave Dyer on November 18, 1999 at his law office in Kent, Ohio. Dave Dyer never spoke at a campus rally, nor...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Tom Grace - Buffalo, NY - Friend

“Dennis,David was the most social person that I knew in downtown Kent. After talking to David, it always made smarter. I meet David through brother...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Gary & Barb Phillips - Fort Myers, FL

“Dave was a wonderful friend and a caring person, traits that made him an ideal counselor in student housing. As an upperclassman and later as a...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Thomas Grace - Amherst, NY

“So very sorry to hear this. I was fortunate to meet Dave a few times and have heard many great stories from my husband (Phil Parks) about "the Dyers"...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Ann Gustafson - Hutto, TX

“My favorite memory of Dave and Dennis is when we wereboys in their town of Bakersville Ohio, and we had an endurance run where no one wanted to be...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Richard Hutchinson - SC - Family

“Dave was best friend's with my brother Philip Parks. I met Dave when he and my brother set off to go hitch-hiking across country. Always smiling and...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Simone Parks - Dallas, TX

“Offering our deepest sympathies during this time. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: The Staff of Bissler & Sons Funeral Home - OH

“Sending love and condolences to the entire Dyer family, and especially to Katy. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Jane Pucher

J. David Dyer, 70, of Kent, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

Born on February 2, 1946 in Zanesville, Ohio to James Clarence and Virginia Maxine Dyer. David grew up in rural Coshocton County. His family eventually settled in the village of Bakersville, Ohio. He graduated from West Lafayette High School in 1964, and was then the first of his family to attend college, at Kent State University. A self-made man, he worked his way through college by alternating his coursework with time off to work on the railroads. It was that journey, along with his family's union organizing roots, that led him to become an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War, and a lifelong activist, participant, and follower of Democratic politics.

After graduating from Kent State with a degree in political science, David went on to get his master's degree in public administration while also pursuing his law degree at the University of Akron. David's true passion was seeking to help others navigate the legal system, and, if he were to describe himself in one word, it would undoubtedly be "lawyer." He successfully ran his own law firm and was well known around town for being someone to call in a pinch; the door to his office was always open. David was a fixture in downtown Kent, both in his North Water Street law office and his social life.

David was incredibly generous and compassionate. He was committed and loyal to his family, friends, and community. He always sought to do what was right, which is why he so deeply valued equality and social justice. He was fiercely liberal, and walked his talk – getting involved with politics and generously donating money to the causes in which he believed. He loved live music, classic rock, hitchhiking across America, spicy food (and subsequent Tums), and long hair (which he donned at many points of his life). He loved nothing more than enjoying his passions with the people around him.

He is survived by his daughters, Kathryn and Ashley; his grandson, Blayke; his siblings Donna, Dennis, Diana, and Drew; six nieces and one nephew; and his ex-wife, Susan. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Maxine.

Never wanting to be in the spotlight, but always the life of the party, David will be remembered at a memorial service gathering at Bissler Funeral home on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 04:00 PM, and celebrated thereafter at Ray's Place at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Democratic National Committee ( or the American Civil Liberties Union (, which, in David's opinion, need all the help they can get right now.