Anna Dyer Obituary (2022) – Van Wert, OH

HARROD — Anna Marie Dyer, 70, of Harrod, passed away at unexpectedly on February 18, 2022, at her residence. She was born on July 14, 1951, in Ottoville, the daughter of the late Christian Beryl Ashbaugh and Loretta Melveen (Urton Paige) Ashbaugh.

Her father was a hard-working farmer and factory worker. He passed away November 7, 1964. Her mother was a stay-at-home Mom who raised 7 children. She passed away March 10, 1998. They moved to Grover Hill, Ohio when Anna was a year old.

Anna attended Grover Hill Local Schools for 12 years and went on to Electronic Computer Programming Institute in Fort Wayne. After graduation in May 1969. she received a diploma for Computer Programming but was trained in computer operation and key punch. Being a female and the time period, the training did not lead anywhere, so she worked as a key punch.

She later attended Lutheran College of Health Professions where she graduated as a Registered Nurse with Diploma training in May 1990, the same as her oldest son (Bill) graduated High School.

In June 1971, Anna married William John Collins from Camden, New Jersey. He passed away from Cancer on March 26, 2010. During this time, they had 4 children.

Anna also lived in New Haven, Indiana where she met and lived with her very Special Friend, Richard Hall Johnson. She then moved to Valrico Florida in August 2000 and worked in her dream job of being a clinical manager of a diagnostic unit. After her best friend Richard Johnson passed in December 2003, she and her daughter and grandson moved back to Ohio where she met David B. Dyer. The two were married on June 11, 2005.

Anna continued working as an RN until July 13, 2013, when she retired on disability due to RA. She remained active in Church as treasurer/secretary until July 2016, at which time she retired after 10 years.

She stayed active in motorcycle riding, off-roading, mudding and camping, roller and ice skating, reading, sewing and multiple other things, of which she enjoyed her four children the most.

She will be remembered by her children and family as a loving and caring person. She has many, many friends and loves them all. but mostly she loves her God. She considered herself a princess because God her Father is King.

Anna is also survived by her husband, David Dyer of Harrod; children: William “Bill” John Christian (Lori) Collins, Delta Dawn (Richard) Clark, Charley Daniel Collins and Amanda Stacie (Dustin) Hasch; five siblings; 16 grandchildren & 7 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, 2 older brothers Robert and Francis, her first husband John Collins, and her special friend Richard Johnson

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM, on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home 722 S. Washington St. Van Wert, OH 45891 with Pastor Darcy DeLeon, officiating. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert, OH.

Family and friends will be received from 2 to 5 PM on Sunday, March 06, 2022, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Anna`s memory may be sent to the Arthritis Foundation, www.arthritis.org/

To share in Anna’s online memorial, please visit www.alspachgearhart.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.

Published by The Lima News from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5, 2022.

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