Dyke, Clarence Gilbert

Name: Dyke, Clarence Gilbert
Burial Date: 1996, 07/03
Age at Death: 80
Plot Location: 734 G
Notes: husband of Helen Louise(Herndon)

Staff Sgt.,Army Air Corps

War: WW2

Clarence G. Dyke

Salina – Clarence G. Dyke, 80, died July 1, 1996, at his son’s home in Salina.

He was born Oct. 19, 1915, at Clearfield, Iowa, the son of Charles O and Ruth Overhizer Dyke. In the 1940s he owned and operated a gas station in Sterling. He then moved to Anthony and worked for Roach Chevrolet. He then worked at Boeing and later returned to work for Roach Chevrolet. He was later employed by Harper County Maintenance Department as a mechanic until he retired. He has been a Salina resident for a year.

He was a member of Grace Baptist Temple, Salina. He served in the U.S. Army Air force during WW II.

On Nov. 20, 1941, he married Helen Herndon at Hutchinson.  She survives of the home.

Other survivors include: two sons, David E., Salina, and Thomas, Wichita; a daughter Laura R. Biliouris, Virginia Beach, VA; two brothers, Leland, Indianapolis, IN and John Howard, Newton; three sisters, Mabel Oden, Sterling, Alice Rifenburg, Marshfield, MO, and Elsie Cantwell, Wichita; five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Baptist Temple, Salina, with David M. Dyke and the Rev. Charles Hill presiding. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Ryan Mortuary, Salina, and prior to the service. Wednesday at the church. The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary. Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Sterling Community Cemetery, Sterling.

Memorials may be sent to the church in care of the mortuary.

 

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T/Sgt. Dyke Receives 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster

Mediterranean Theater of Operations- From Twelfth Air Force Headquarters, today came the announcement that he played in the invasion of Southern France.

Sgt. Dyke is a Crew Chief aboard a C-27 transport plane of a Troop Carrier Group commanded by Colonel John Cerny, of Harrison, Ida.

On D-Day August 15, he flew over the anti-aircraft defended the coast of Southern France in an aircraft that is devoid of protective armor and defensive weapons of any kind, towing a glider ladened with troops and equipment to a landing zone behind enemy coastal defenses on the French Riviera. The mission was carried out in broad daylight at an altitude under 1000 feet and where hostile fire was encountered. Sgt. Dyke’s meritorious achievement called for a high degree of skill and courage and reflects great credit upon the Military service of the United States.

He is the husband of Helen Dyke who resides in Sterling.

The airman has been overseas for more than 26 months. In addition to being awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal, he is the wearer of The Before Pearl Harbor Ribbon, The Distinguished Flying Cross, The North African Theater Ribbon with four stars, The Asiatic Theater Ribbon with one star, the Good Conduct Ribbon.

He was employed by Rollin Mead, previous to his joining the Army Air Forces.

From the Sterling Kansas Bulletin, November 16, 1944

Freedom is not free. Thank you for your WWII service Staff Sgt, Army Air Corps.

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Birth: Oct. 19, 1915
Death: Jul. 1, 1996

Family links:
Parents:
Charles Otto Dyke (1894 – 1943)
Ruthetta Elizabeth Overholser Dyke (1897 – 1972)

Spouse:
Helen L. Herndon Dyke (1922 – 1996)

Siblings:
Clarence G. Dyke (1915 – 1996)
Harry J. Dyke (1925 – 1994)*
Margaret Ruth Dyke (1936 – 1976)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial:
Sterling Cemetery
Sterling
Rice County
Kansas, USA
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