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“GOD broke my heart to prove to me he only takes the best...”

Shared by Wendi Gapp on March 23, 2022
I just wanted to share with you some memories/stories about John. For me it took untill now to write on this page … I didn’t know what to say or how to say it…
John  had been my client for three years I saw him on a regular basis twice a week. 
John always made my day,  always had a smile - twinkle in his eye , and a bad joke to share . Being John’s caregiver you never know how you’re going to react to what he might say next. Always entertaining! I don’t think there ever was a “bad day”  He was so positive and so much fun!
He always loved it when Sharel had an errand to run ! He’d say “go make yourself a coffee” and “grab a few snickerdoodles on your way back in” he’d say “come watch the debate with me!” I would tell him I have chores to get done, he’d say in very stern voice  “I’m the Boss…” then in a softer voice “at least until Sharel gets back” “So take a break, let’s watch some tv” and he’d laugh. I never was into politics but listening to John commentate always cracked me up! 
He would have me sneak him a candy bar now and again … this might have been his way of saying that I was a  bad cook … but he always ate the food I prepared with more bad jokes and laughter.
  John’s been a great friend to me an excellent client. The love I have in my heart for him and Sheryl,  is like family. I was not ready for his passing, 
I have stories to share that may not be appropriate but are definitely funny and humiliating at the same time . I could write pages but a couple of these memories stood out …
I would come in and help John after his shower -it was always 100° or more in the bathroom ( if you knew me, I was the one who just couldn’t hack the heat) I pick up towels and clean the chairs wipe down the floor etc… after replacing the bucket into his shower chair I turned around to finish drying the floor … when John says , (what I thought I heard ) “Wendi’s going to bolt”meaning it’s very hot in there and I said “yes I am” and he says no and repeats what I thought he said again … then the third time he says “no no Wendi, you’ve got my BALLS !”  That’s when I noticed that I had pinched him between his seat and the bucket… I was mortified he laughs and for the next several weeks I had to hear about “Balls”no matter what kind of balls they were it always ended with “do you remember”… I didn’t want to come back to work ever again! but I just couldn’t stay away! John’s sense of humor was contagious, even though the ordeal of that was traumatizing I continue to head back to the house twice a week. 
Sharel & John always made me feel welcome . another memory to share … but pictures might be better . I love looking at the deer that would come to John’s glass double doors watching John’s reaction- loved it when he told me to go grab Sharel‘s BB gun to whack them in the butt because no matter how many times Sharel would try the deer just kept coming back to feast on her trees and bushes and boy did they! (By the way Sharel’s Mother’s Day gift was this BB gun… ) Although I was still mortified and still listening to the bad jokes pertaining to “balls”John definitely had a heart of gold! The love he had for Sharel was inspiring ! He would have me sneak around ordering her presents and picking up cake and flowers for her on many occasions… these two where the perfect match! 
On one 4th of July John had given me a red white and blue cowboy hat that he bought at the game the weekend before -super giddy he was , I ware that hat proudly in Montana and here on regular basis! …. Every time I think of them a hummingbird stops to hover in front of me, 
Another favorite was getting to “test” John’s homemade ICECREAM, that was the best! That and the occasional piece of cake, pie or banana bread, always with fancy coffee to back it up! 
right about now I bet your wondering what this caregiver did for “work” to tell you the truth… naw,this was the most fun ever.  I looked forward to seeing John & Sharel always! The conversations were and still are some of my best memories I shared with you both!
I have been so blessed to have had the pleasure of taking care of you both! 
I love you❤️Wendi

My Memories of Uncle John

Shared by Scott Dyer on September 8, 2020
Uncle John was a big man in personality and stature. Instead of intimidating he was Love personified. Like a teddy bear one could rough house with he was also the person one felt happy to be near. His tone of voice, laugh and attention to living out what his Savior had given him was the best medicine for those who needed a lift… or just understand they were cared for. The source of his love of others was his understanding of Jesus' love for him and all mankind. There simply cannot be enough John Dyers.


I remember I once had a 1-2 hour long talk with Uncle John when I was home during a break from college in Iowa. I had become a Christian a year or two before and was mystified with John's passion to uncover the ashes of the red heifer. I learned that finding these ashes was one of many great steps that needed to be completed before Jesus comes again, not as a Lamb to slaughter but as a triumphant King. Uncle John loved the idea of directly participating in Christ's return.

I had led our supper prayer earlier that night saying - "God is great, God is good let us thank Him for our food, Amen". I was still learning about prayer. He coached me to pray using my own words and thoughts. He was a gracious teacher.

In 2006, my family of 6 (my wife, Teri, and I with our 4 kids - Ian, Abby, Patrick and Grace) took a 3 week vacation out West and spent a couple of days with Uncle John, Aunt Sharel, Julie and Bryan as well as John Jr. who had just started seeing Leigh, his wife to be. Everyone in my family can recall various aspects of that wonderful time together. We were not strangers but felt as if we had been there for years. How can this happen? Love. The love of the John Dyer family emanates from the Savior. While we did not meet any friends of theirs during that trip, I can only imagine that others would feel the same way. Uncle John's infectious love of others spread within his family and was poured out to those in the extended family.

I talked with Uncle John a few days before he passed away. Barely able to breathe he asked about Teri and each of my children. While the distance kept him from loving on them in person, he was more than curious - he cared for each of us. How can a person be so focused on others unless there is an ultimate Life-Giver? Until the very end he cared for people as if it were his calling from God. The world cannot have enough John Dyers.

Each of us has a choice in life for how we must live. Uncle John's choice was to follow and honor Jesus. As all believers, he was not perfect - yet it was through his humanity that made him accessible and attractive. I truly wish I had spent more time with my Uncle for I know that we both share a love of the same Savior. It is a mystery to many, but life-giving to those who have accepted Him into their lives. My prayer is that those that do not know Jesus would think again and look at a life of a man that lived through a nasty medical condition and understood what we have on Earth is temporary. Uncle John finished the race well and is with the Person he loved.

Jesus said "Come all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30). Uncle John understood this and lived it. We can do nothing less.

Thank You God for allowing me to know, a glimpse, of a man that loved You and is now with You forever. Thank You for his life well lived. We all miss him, yet have comfort knowing his place is with You. Amen.

Much love,

Scott Dyer

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Shared by Craig and Darla Brand on August 16, 2020
John and Sharel have been an important part of our life since they moved to Kirkland in 1978. John had an amazing love for the Lord and people and longed for every one he came in contact with to accept Jesus as their personal savior so they could share the peace and joy in the Lord that he experienced and one day join him in heaven.
John loved prophecy and went on several archaeological digs in Israel. He would light up whenever end times were talked about and often wept when sharing about one day worshiping God around the Throne of Glory.
John and Sharel were an important part of our Care Group Bible study for decades. We always appreciated John's insights and knowledge.
Craig and I looked forward to a show and dinner on Saturdays for years. As John became less mobile those Saturdays changed to cooking dinner together and watching movies at their home.
We feel very fortunate that we were able to travel to Italy with them in 2013 and see the great Utah parks on a road trip in 2015. Wonderful memories.
John loved his family and always put them first. He also always loved, accepted, and prayed for our family and referred to our girls as his daughters. They knew they were loved by John and Sharel.
John, we know you are in heaven now worshipping at the feet of Jesus. We know you have spoken to the Apostle Paul and held our baby girl Summer on your lap. We miss you John and thank you for all the wonderful memories. We look forward to seeing you again in heaven. We love you, Craig and Darla

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