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William (Bill) H. Dyke, 83, of Warren, died Sunday morning, Oct. 30, 2011 at his residence.
He was born in Warren on March 18, 1928, to the late George H. and Mary Lee E. Seekings Dyke.
On Oct. 4, 1947 near Plumer, Pa., he married Eleanor "Ellie" Mabon Dyke, who survives.
He grew up in North Warren and in his high school sophomore year started working at the former Harvey and Carey Drug Store where he became an apprentice pharmacist. He attended the University of Buffalo with original intentions of becoming a pharmacist, but abandoned that for a career in business and marketing. He joined Household Finance Corporation in Erie and later served as manager of the Meadville and New Castle offices, doubling the size and volume of both offices under his leadership. In 1956, he organized and founded Try-M Finance in Warren. In 1962, he and four others acquired Hillcrest Development Corporation, a 300-acre plot in North Warren. He served as the corporation's business manager and secretary-treasurer. He served as president of the BBDD Oil Company and with others, built the first Ponderosa steakhouse in Meadville and the first Burger King in Warren. In 1976, he helped organize and charter the original Cargo Auto Parts Co. in a building he owned in North Warren. He also pursued a dream to become an instructor/trainer of Dale Carnegie Courses, which he did for 32 years. In 1981 he was honored by being chosen Instructor of the Year. In 2007, he was inducted into a group known as "Elite Seven" instructors and in 2008 was inducted into the Carnegie Instructor Hall of Fame.
During his career, he served as an officer and director of the Jaycees and Kiwanis clubs in Meadville, New Castle and Warren. In 2006-2007, he was named Kiwanian of the Year. In Warren he served on several community groups, including United Way and the YMCA and North Warren Volunteer Fire Dept.'s building funds. In 1958, he and others organized and chartered the Warren Aviation Club at the old Warren Airport. He was active in his church, First Presbyterian of Warren, for 55 years, where he served as a deacon and elder. He was a past president of the Presbyterian Men's Association and a superintendent of junior high Sunday school, where he taught ninth grade Communicants classes and served as a leader in various projects and committees. More recently, he was chairman of the Farmer's Market project for 10 years. He was a member of the Congregational Life Committee of the Lake Erie Presbytery for six years and an active member of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life First Presbyterian Church team.
In addition to his wife of 64 years, he is survived by five children, Sharon Marchioli and her husband Tony of The Colony, Texas, Laurence E. Dyke and his wife Gale of Whitehall, Mich., Thomas L. Dyke and his wife Kathy of Waterford, the Rev. John W. Dyke and his wife Martha of Erie, and Ronald E. Dyke and wife Judi of Pensacola, Fla.; a sister, Jean Krieg of Warren; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard J. Dyke, and a great-grandson, Chase William Anderson. A funeral service for William (Bill) H. Dyke will be conducted on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 Market St., Warren, with the Rev. Ellie Johns, pastor, officiating.
Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East St., Warren, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA 16365; the First Presbyterian Church, 300 Market St., Warren, PA 16365; or the Warren Unit of the American Cancer Society, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA 16365.
Those wishing to submit e-mail condolences may do so by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com.