John Jerry Dyas, age 78, of Brookfield, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at his home.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Rose Hill Cemetery, Brookfield. Memorials have been suggested to The Animal Shelter of Linn County. On-line registry at

Jerry, son of John Donald Dyas and Frances Ruth (Rhoades) Dyas, was born on May 30, 1940 in the Cass County, Missouri area, at home.  He married Norma Kincaid and to this union three children were born.  He later married Doris (McMahan) Smith and became a dad to two more children.  She preceded him in death on January 29, 2011.

He is survived by his children, Mary Helen Bohonsky (Robi), Chillicothe; Polly Rose Midura (Dan), Arkansas; Kay Cunningham, Brookfield; JD Smith (Kathy), Wisconsin; and John Robert Dyas (Natalie), Marceline; two sisters, Mary Louise Young, Braymer; and Norma Jean McKinney, Eugene; sixteen grandchildren, Robert, Kelli, Holly, Heather, Carla, Anna, Tabitha, Dustin, Jeremiah, Joshua, Skylar, Deana, Mason, Gerren, Geanya, Christian; and by forty-two great-grandchildren and two on the way; and one great-great-grandchild.

Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Rose; his parents; one brother, Donald Dyas; two sons in law, Rod Billingsley, Chris Cunningham; and three brothers in law, Lewis  Young, Bill McKinney, and “Buster” Noel.