John Herbert Van Dyne peacefully took his last breath on earth to live for eternity with his heavenly father on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, at Labette Health in Parsons. He was 91 years old.
John was born on Sept. 19, 1929, to Harry and Florence (Kennedy) Van Dyne in Independence, the eighth of 10 children. He was proud to be raised on the Van Dyne farm and graduated from Independence High School. His experience growing up on the farm became his lifelong career; John was a dairy farmer, raised chickens, harvested alfalfa hay, wheat, milo and soybeans.
John and Betty Lou Scrivner were united in marriage on Dec. 24, 1950, in Independence. God blessed them with seven children: Sara, Cary, Sidney, Rosa, Rita, Rodney and Philip. They raised their family on the dairy farm in Harmony Valley, east of Independence. Following the empty nest, John and Betty moved to town, managing Penn Terrace Apartments for five years.
John enjoyed singing in a quartet with his brothers on KIND Radio. His passion for planting walnut trees and spending time in the woods was legendary. He was always on the lookout for ways to serve those who crossed his path. His generous heart would often find those who visited the farmhouse leaving with a fig newton cookie, a block of cheese or a cedar walking stick. He loved creating cedar candleholders, ornaments and discs (“cookies”). He influenced many along his journey. When you left his presence, you felt unique and special with his one-on-one attention.
He was a longtime member of the Independence Church of the Nazarene and most recently a member of Parsons Church of the Nazarene. John never lacked enthusiasm for sharing the good news of salvation. He was involved in the community and served on various organizations: Big Brothers – Parsons Church of the Nazarene; Rural Water District No. 6 as manager; Joplin District Church of the Nazarene advisory board; Church of the Nazarene board in Independence; the Associated Milk Producers Inc. board; Federal Land Bank board; and as a volunteer when the Billy Graham Crusade came to Independence.
On Nov. 25, 2015, John and Alma Robison were united in marriage in Tulsa. Together they enjoyed traveling to various church and family events, taking in a gospel show in Branson, Missouri, as often as they could. Alma brought great joy to his life. He loved staying in the loop with his family and could recite all the names of his and Alma’s descendants, numbering nearly 100 people.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty, of 63 years; siblings Dorothy, Hester, Wayne, Don and Glen; and daughter-in-law Tawnya Van Dyne.
Survivors left to extend his memory are his loving wife of five years, Alma Van Dyne of the home; his children, Sara Lou (Bud) Cortner of Wichita, Cary Belinda (Doug) Tennis of College Station, Texas, Sidney Jay (Sheryl) Van Dyne of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Rosa Lee (David) Acheson of Olathe, Rita Fay (Steve) Laswell of Tulsa, Rodney Neil (Toni) Van Dyne of Ava, Missouri, and Philip Jon (Claudia) Van Dyne of Ozark, Missouri; four stepchildren, Merlyna and Matt Spencer, Gloria and Dave McKellips, Mark and Linda Robison and Robin Breedlove and their families; four sisters, Francis Whitehorn of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Thelma Canaday, Helen Norcross and June Brannum, all of Independence; and many nieces and nephews. John delighted in his 20 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and his first great-great-grandchild.
The celebration of John’s homecoming will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Church of the Nazarene in Independence. The Rev. Jake Blankenship will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Harmony Cemetery near the family farm in rural Independence. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons to view and sign the book. Friends in Independence may view and sign the book from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the church. The funeral service can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed, including the requirement of face masks.
Memorials are suggested to the John and Betty Lou Van Dyne Scholarship Fund at MidAmerica Nazarene University and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.