Dan Edwin Dye, 74, of Central City, died peacefully on Aug. 9, 2017, at Village Ridge in Marion. Dan had been dealing with Alzheimer's disease for the past 10 years and was diagnosed with CML (leukemia) on Aug. 4.
Dan was born Nov. 28,
1942, in Cedar Rapids to Lyle and Melba (Hathaway) Dye. He grew up in Marion and graduated from Marion High School in 1961. In 1962, Dan married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Bann. They divorced in 1971, but remained friends.
On June 20, 1981, he married the love of his life, Diana. Together they raised their four children. Dan was a social and active man who was always tinkering in the garage or on his 80-acre farm. He worked as a machinist at Goss Graphics until its closing in 2001.
He enjoyed dancing, playing cards, wandering, and most of all, spending time with his family.
Dan is survived by his wife of 36 years, Diana; his children, Scott Dye and Julie Dye of Pinckney, Mich., and Jessica Padgett and Brian (Mindi) Padgett of Central City; grandchildren, Amber (Travis), Zachary, Mykayla, Rachele, Hunter, Chantele, Leah and Tanner; great-grandchildren, Terrell, Ruby and Roxanne; his sisters, Lyla Bendsen of Oak Park, Ill., and Marlene (Donnie) Washburn of Marion; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Harlene Christensen, Marion (Robin) Smith, Roxanne Smith, RJ (Deb) Smith and Rusty (Christine) Smith. Also surviving are his first wife, Ginny Gagnon of Michigan; and Dan and Diana's "love child," Sasha Betzer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Harlan and Erdene Smith; and his sister, Lois Olson, who also suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, at United Church of Christ in Central City. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the church, followed by a Celebration of Life gathering at the Dye farm. All are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to 680 Fourth St. N, Central City, to be used to support Alzheimer's research and CC United Church of Christ.