John Theodore Dye
1927 - 2018
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John Theodore Dye

Lancaster - On February 8, 2018, John Theodore Dye, after living an extremely full and meaningful 90 years, left us physically. But he stays with us in the stories he told, the experiences he created, the buildings he designed, and the impact he had on our hearts.

John was born on August 13, 1927 in Dayton, Ohio to Charles and Ruth Ferree Dye. On New Year's Eve 1958 he met Jayne Wunsch on a blind date, and two days later by their third date, they were in love. On July 4, 1960, they married. Everyone celebrated with fireworks! They raised five children, Charles, Gordon, Carole, Philip, and Catherine.

John received his architecture degree from the University of Michigan in 1960, and practiced for 49 years in Washington, DC, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Oscoda, MI, and Lancaster, OH. He also taught for 14 years at Fisher Catholic High School.

John's greatest joy was sharing his love for history and architecture with others, and he loved crafting things by hand. He combined these two passions and built beautiful displays of historical artifacts. He gave almost weekly historical talks to students and other groups on his favorite topics, the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and both World Wars. And he always brought many historical objects for people to touch. "To make history real," he said.

Having John with you when you went anywhere, was like having your own private tour guide. He could find a way to connect anything to a historical story he was anxious to share. You could be changing a flat tire, and John would tell you a story that related to it… from the Civil War. You could be standing behind him in line at Slater's Hardware, having never met him, and by the time you paid he'd taken you around the world.

Perhaps John's greatest legacy was his work with the Rotary International Youth Exchange program that helps bring the world closer together by exchanging students from over 100 countries. He was involved in the program as a leader for nearly 30 years.

Giving back to the community was very important to John and he did so through Rotary, coaching, scouting, community theater, museums, historical organizations, and serving his country in the United States Navy during World War II.

John was preceded in death by his son Gordon, his brother Fred, and his sister Dorothy Burns. He is survived by his wife Jayne, his four children and their spouses: Charles and Sisko, Carole and Hernán, Philip, Catherine and Kelly, and his grandchildren, Hernán, Stefanie, Kate, Christian, Cozette, Jayne, and John.

John truly touched countless lives around the planet. It's been said that he never met a stranger. We are all better for having known him. May we carry on his spirit of love, sharing, and service to others.

We're celebrating John's life in typical John Dye fashion... by throwing a big party! Join us Saturday, February 17 for an Open House from 1:30 to 4:30pm at The Lancaster Country Club, 3100 Country Club Rd SW, Lancaster, OH 43130. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Fairfield County Heritage Association, 105 E. Wheeling St., Lancaster, OH 43130.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on Feb. 12, 2018.
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June 23, 2018
John was a classmate of mine at the University of Michigan. I remember the many projects we worked on together and the architectural trips we took to see Frank Lloyd Wright houses. Many great memories with John in A2.
Bob self
May 1, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to the Dye families. Jon and I so enjoyed John when we happened to run into him in the hardware store. I think he was really another member of our family! We all feel blessed to have known him. He will be missed by the whole community.
Jon and Carol Slater, Molokai, Hi. (and Lancaster)
February 18, 2018
May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this challenging time. (Isaiah 61:1,2) With heartfelt sympathy.
February 17, 2018
Dear Dr. Dye and Family, I was so saddened to read of your loss in the Oscoda Press today. I only met John once but his personality was such that I always remembered him. Your time in Oscoda was a blessing to our community by John and also by you dear Dr Dye. My prayers are with you and your family. Love, Rose Blackmore Shoemaker
Rose Shoemaker
February 16, 2018
The Guiding Light of history has gone out. Thank you for an extraordinary life of sharing so much with us all!
Karen Lennox
February 16, 2018
I was fortunate to have worked in the Dye offices for fifteen years. It was like going to work in a museum/medical office. Mr Dye was so kind, smart, generous, and funny. I have never met a finer person. The world could use some more Mr Dyes. He will be missed.
Claudia Reid
February 16, 2018
John will be greatly missed but his warmth, kindness, and gentle spirit will be remembered forever. our deepest sympathy.
Bob and Chris Sulick
February 14, 2018
The loss of a loved one is a very difficult time.
May the wonderful memories of your loved one comfort you until God's promises are fulfilled.
(Matthew 5:5:)
February 13, 2018
Our sincere condolences to the Dye family in the loss of your dear love one. Our prayers are as yours, that God provide his care and comfort you each day. - Ps 145:18,19
February 13, 2018
John was a one of a kind full of knowledge, kindness and ENERGY! He was a very giving man. It was our blessing to have known and loved John....
Melody & Jim Perrault
February 13, 2018
We are very sorry to hear of your loss. but may family and friends give you comfort with fond memories and may Jesus give you peace in your heart.
Olivedale Senior Center
February 13, 2018
I was very fortunate to have the Dye family choose me as their student, during my Fulbright Orientation programme in Athens, OH. They gifted me the most memorable weekend visiting Fallingwater! I am very sad to hear about Mr Dye's passing away. My heartfelt condolences to Mrs Dye. While I lost contact with them, I have thought very often of Mr and Mrs Dye. with love, Ioana Campean, Cambridge, UK
Ioana Campean
February 13, 2018
John sounds like someone we all wish we were or at least could call friend. Sending hugs.
Susan Foley
February 13, 2018
Sorry for your loss may his memories keep you strong and your faith in our Loving Creator who promise to bring an end to all pain and suffering Reverlation 21:3&4

February 12, 2018
John and I worked together on Rotary International. He exuded enthusiasm for working with young people, embracing other cultures, and attacked all projects with passion and meticulous detail. He was a pleasure to work with! I valued his friendship. He touched many lives, including mine.
Maria Wilkes
February 12, 2018
John was a one of a kind, true gentleman. A born educator with a zest for life seldom seen. I count myself blessed to have know him in my formative years. My thoughts and prayers are with the Dye family.
Joel Floyd
February 12, 2018
I'll always be thankful for Mr. Dye for sharing his passion for the Rotary Youth Exchange program with me. I traveled to Florida, Mexico and Canada with him and other local exchange students and soon-to-be exchange students the year before I embarked on my year abroad. His passion for history and generosity were second to none.

-Sandy Wilson
February 12, 2018
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February 12, 2018
I worked with John at Fisher Catholic for all fourteen years. He will be missed. Our deepest condolences. Margo and Marty Crow
February 12, 2018
What a great man! We knew John through Frontier Players. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Kevin and Bonny Calderwood
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