Harry B. Dyche, former special assistant to the U.S. Attorney General and former mayor of Luray, Va., died Wednesday at the Newton D. Baker Veterans Hospital, in Martinsburg, Va., after a long illness. He was 85.

A federal employee for 38 years. Mr. Dyche served as senior attorney to the Comptroller General of the U.S. from 1923 to 1939, special assistant to the Attorney General from 1939 to 1941, and worked as a special assistant in the procurment division of the Treasury Department from 1941 to 1945.

Mr. Dyche was a native of Luray and served as the town's mayor from 1947 and 1961. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia and the George Washington University law school.

During the First World War Mr. Dyche served overseas with the 29th Division of the 116th Infantry, known as the Second Virginia Infantry.

In addition to his duties as Mayor he served as president of the Virginia Municipal League and was a member of the Virginia Educational Facilities Commission, both in 1957.

Announcing that he was not a candidate for re-election as Mayor in 1961. Mr Dyche was quoted as saying that he had no plans for the future, but was away behind in his fishing and had a new boat.

He was a member and past commander of Luray American Legion Post 22. He had also been active in the Luray Volunteer Fire Dept, since [WORD ILLEGIBLE] and was an honorary lifetime member.

He was the husband of the late Mary Louise Dyche. He is survived by a son, Harry B. Jr., Hampton, Va., and one grandchild.