OBITUARY: Richard F. ‘Rick’ Dyer Jr.


Richard F. “Rick” Dyer, Jr., age 75, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2024, in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Rick was born on November 23, 1948, in Honolulu, Hawaii to Richard Frederick Dyer Sr., and Margaret (Fetherston) Dyer.

Rick served in the U. S. Army in Vietnam. After leaving the Army, Rick began his career in law enforcement as a State Trooper in Virginia. As a state trooper, he met the love of his life Kitty, also a state trooper. They were married for almost 38 years and affectionately nicknamed each other Boos I and Boos II.

Rick loved the outdoors – fishing, hunting, playing golf, and his animals. He also enjoyed history, building model airplanes and focusing on historically accurate painting detail on them and period soldiers.

Rick was a member of Air Combat Group (ACG), Fighter Squadron 111, a group flying World War II aircraft on his computer. Rick flew multiple aircraft in his 262 Campaign Missions, serving both as lead and wingman. In doing so, he met and befriended ACG members from around the world. He was known by his callsign “Katt.” Memories and condolences from some members of ACG are shown at

Rick is preceded in death by his parents Richard and Margaret, his state police K-9 partners Ajax and Major, his West Highland Terrier Booser, cats Taz, Missy, and Tabitha.

He is survived by his loving wife Louise “Kitty” Dyer; sister Ann (Michael A.) Pearson; nephews Michael A. (Maren) Pearson Jr. and Jeremy (Laura) Pearson; great nephews Bobby and Danny Pearson; great nieces Taya and Lucy Pearson; sister and brother-in-law Ruth (Rickey) Bramblett; and his cat Ellie Boo Boo.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at 10 am in the Mausoleum at Hendersonville Memory Gardens.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Rick’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


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