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John Lawrence Dill

November 16, 1959 — December 5, 2021

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John Lawrence Dill, 62, of Kansas City, Missouri, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on December 5th, a short few months after discovering a previously removed melanoma had metastasized to his brain.John was born in Sheridan, Wyoming on November 16th, 1959, to Stephen and Jean Dill. He was raised in Vermillion, South Dakota, where it was not unusual to see him caught by the ear and dragged home by his mother. Despite an inability to quell the curiosity that often got him into trouble, John's classmates selected him as one of the most polite students during the second semester of fifth grade.John's achievements continued through college, where he graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in English.In 1984, John married Cindy Garcia. They moved to Kansas City and started a family with the birth of their son Elliot and their daughter Leslie. John and Cindy divorced in the early '90s, but remarried this summer. They viewed the ceremony as more of a formality, having spent the prior three decades already committed to love, dedication, and growth. After his diagnosis, John continually emphasized to Cindy how thankful he was that she chose him, how grateful he was for the life they shared, and how proud he was of their two amazing children.In Kansas City, John was hired as a humor writer for Hallmark Cards. Over the years, his passion for language, emotions, and stories gave him the opportunity to mentor others, as well as contribute on a corporate level as a strategist. John felt Hallmark was in a unique position to create meaningful content for any and every occasion, a belief that never wavered during his 37-year career.John was a tireless cheerleader for those around him, always eager to use his expansive knowledge to find a creative solution for any problem, big or small. He worked alongside many prominent fixtures of the Kansas City community, happily offering his skills in exchange for a new perspective, anecdote, or friend.Although his own house was in a perpetual state of almost-finished, John never hesitated to volunteer himself for repairs needed elsewhere. Among his many artistic endeavors, John created lamps out of coffee pots and toasters that were good enough to be sold in local shopsbut were mostly gifted as tokens of appreciation. Many continue to provide a warm, comforting glow in homes across the country.John was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Dill. He is survived in Kansas City by his beloved wife, Cindy Dill, their children, Elliot and Leslie, and his sister-in-law, Susie Garcia, all of whom he loved completely and for whom he was a constant source of support and affection. He is also survived by his father, Stephen Dill, of Kansas City; brother, David Dill, of Redwood City, CA; sister, Cameo Flood, of Missoula, MT; brother, Stephen Dill, of Cupertino, CA; and the multitude of others grateful for John's impact on their lives, whether it was a decades-long friendship or a chance encounter.John firmly believed in the power of connection through conversation and small, quiet acts of generosity. In lieu of flowers, please pick up the check for a young family the next time you're out to eat or leave a bag of chocolate-covered almonds on the desk of a coworker. At the very least, wear sunscreen in honor of John's multiple daily reminders to his kids.In the interim, if you need to borrow a nice wood plane, oversized mittens, or one of many oil cans that a certain somebody purchased because they were cute, albeit not very useful, please contact Cindy, Elliot, or Leslie.
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Saturday, April 02, 2022

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