Allen Dryer

Allen Dryer

Allen A. “Bugsy” Dryer, 76, of Otter Creek, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, July 22, 2020, at his home.

A celebration of his life was held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation was held prior to the service from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the St. Lawrence Cemetery, Otter Creek, Iowa.

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Allen Alvin Dryer was born on Sept. 8, 1943, in Otter Creek, Iowa, to Alvin G. and Florence E. (Lippstock) Dryer. He grew up in Dubuque. He married Donna Mae Blosch at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque, Iowa, on April 24, 1965. To this union three children were born, Ronald, Terry and Kevin.

“Bugsy” as he was affectionally known farmed and had worked as a construction laborer for many years for Laborers’ Union Local 659 in Dubuque. He retired on Feb. 1, 2000. While semi-retired and until present he worked for Gansen Excavating.

“Bugsy” was passionate about truck and tractor pulling and had built three trucks for pulling with his son Kevin. They enjoyed entering contests and would travel to area tractor and truck pulls together.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Donna Dryer of Otter Creek, IA; children, Ronald (Krisceda) Dryer of Kewanee, IL, and Terry (Stephanie) Dryer of Kearney, MO; 10 grandchildren; a sister, Helen Roth of Dubuque, IA; a brother, Robert Dryer of Hopeville, IA; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Joanne and Bill Blum of Dubuque, IA, Marilyn and Ronnie Pierce of Potosi, WI, and Don Daehler of Dubuque, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Kevin on March 5, 2012, and sisters Betty Shellhause, Janice Daehler and Judy Dryer.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Allen A. “Bugsy” Dryer memorial fund has been established.

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