Rick McDowell sent word about the passing of Paul Dyer and noted that
he built two 165 style band organs, made facades and had a very nice
collection in Fortville. The obituary published by the funeral home
is below (condensed).
Robbie Rhodes, MMDigest
Paul E. Dyer, 79, of Fortville, Indiana, born July 12, 1935,
passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Harbour Manor & Lodge
in Noblesville, Indiana. He is survived by his wife, Patty (Smith)
Dyer, whom he married Dec. 31, 1966, six adult children and many
grandchildren. He operated Wagon Wheel Liquor Store in Fortville
for 27 years.
He was one of only two builders of calliopes and band organs in the
United States and also maintained the carousel at the Indianapolis
Children's Museum for a time. Paul also enjoyed wintering on Pine
Island in Florida.
More information at