LEWISTOWN - John W. Dill experienced his final mission trip when he went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 2, 2014.
John was born on June 29, 1948, to the late Samuel and Alleane (Baumgardner) Dill.
He is survived by his wife of more than 41 precious years, Carol (Yetter) Dill; his beloved daughter, Stephanie Moon and husband, Matthew, of Lewistown; his grandchildren, whom he absolutely adored, Abigail and Christopher Moon; a sister, Louise Gramley and husband, Jerry, of Reedsville; and a brother, Sam Dill, of Enola. He also has a daughter, Terri Rae Gustafson, and a granddaughter, Tisha Rae Neal, of Brockway.
Friends and family will miss him dearly, as a happier man in life never existed. His jokes, his stories and his love for others are irreplaceable.
John had so many interests in life, but his love of Harley Davidson Motorcycles and Corvettes was very evident. If he wasn't riding one, he could surely be found washing and waxing it in his driveway.
He was a 1966 graduate of the former Chief Logan High School. He graduated from Kentucky Farrier School and was a self-employed farrier for 16 years.
John was employed by Standard Steel for 44 years, retiring in 2011. After his retirement, he spent his last three years employed at Lerch RV doing his favorite pastime, washing and waxing vehicles.
He was a dedicated and involved member of Grace United Methodist Church, serving as a lay leader, a church conference delegate, Sunday school teacher, chairman of the evangelism committee, a member of the missions committee and was passionately involved in the Shoe Bank Ministry.
He was a devout and compassionate Christian who was constantly concerned about winning souls for Christ. He devoted his life to mission work, both locally and across the world. In addition to meeting and praying with those who are homebound or in the hospital, he has also gone on several mission trips, traveling to South Dakota; Tennessee; Kentucky; Joplin, Mo.; Iowa and Onondaga Reservation in New York.
He had an extreme passion and a special place in his heart for the people of Costa Rica. As a member of the Costa Rica Mission Team, he traveled there for nine consecutive years with his inspiration coming from his dear friend, 95-year-old head missionary, Marion Woods, of Costa Rica.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Grace United Methodist Church, 101 Logan St., Lewistown, with Pastor Rick Bender officiating. Graveside services will be held at Birch Hill Cemetery.
Family will receive friends from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at Heller Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown.
In lieu of flowers, all donations can be made to "Operation Dig a Well" which supports the people of Sierra Leone, Africa who do not have clean drinking water. His goal was to build as many wells as he could at $5,000 each. Each well will provide clean drinking water for over 2,000 people. Contributions can be made to Grace United Methodist Church at 101 Logan St., Lewistown, PA 17044, and must be designated for "Operation Dig a Well".
Online condolences can be offered to the family at www.hellerhoenstine funer