Local World War II veteran celebrates 95th birthday with parade

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A local veteran celebrated an important milestone this week.

Terre Haute native Ray Dyer turned 95 on Thursday. He served as a Marine during World War II and is also a former church pastor.

Since the start of the pandemic, Dyer said, he has stayed home for safety reasons. So, to celebrate his big day, his church family drove by his home with signs and dropped off gifts.

Those who organized the birthday surprise said Dyer has played a big role in their lives.

“He baptized all three of our daughters, married two of the daughters and performed the funeral for the third,” Karen Scott said.

“I just want to thank Karen and all the rest of them that put this thing together, and bringing a few people around I haven’t seen for a few years. It’s a pleasure to see them and talk with them,” Dyer said.

Dyer said he retired from First Prairie Creek Baptist Church at the age of 80.

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