Alexius A. 'Lex' Dyer Jr., quarry owner

Alexius A. "Lex" Dyer Jr., former owner of a Baltimore County quarry, died Tuesday of dementia at the Mercy Ridge retirement community in Timonium. He was 95.

The son of Alexius A. Dyer Sr., a quarry owner, and Teresa M. Baker Dyer, a homemaker, Alexius Aloysius Dyer Jr. was born at home in Glyndon, where he was also raised.

He was a 1940 graduate of Loyola High School and because of World War II and accelerated college classes, he graduated from what is now Loyola University Maryland in 1943.

Mr. Dyer received naval training at the University of Notre Dame and served as a lieutenant junior-grade in the Pacific during World War II.

He was the owner of the A.A. Dyer Co., a stone quarry in Delight, Baltimore County, which had been established by his father about 1910, family members said. He sold the business to the Arundel Corp. in 1966.

The former longtime resident of Goodale Road in Homeland was a devout Roman Catholic, and walked daily from his home to the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen to attend daily Mass.

He was also a communicant of St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church in Hampden.

For many years, Mr. Dyer served as a Eucharistic minister at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He also was a longtime volunteer at the Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Dyer enjoyed spending winters in Florida and summers at his second home in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

An avid tennis player, he was known as a fierce competitor and for his ambidextrous swing.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas, 1008 W. 37th St.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, the former Jean Schlosser; a son, Alexius A. Dyer III of Ponte Vedra beach, Fla.; four daughters, Mary Ellen Dyer of Baltimore, Anne Dyer Fontaine of Bethesda, F. Kelan Dyer of Washington and Jean Dyer Jones of Locust Valley, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Another son, John Charles Dyer, died in 1972.

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