- May 11, 1956 - August 3, 2010
- Richardson, Texas
of John 's Passing
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“Renatta I had no idea Johnny had passed away! I saw him at Gary Grissim's memorial and I saw Gary just before Gary passed away. I met you through...Read More »
1 of 41 | Posted by: Sandy Megahan - Dallas, TX
“In memory of a cousin whom I will never have the honor of knowing except through the memories of others. God bless you and your family and friends.
2 of 41 | Posted by: David Bell - 3rd Cousin
“John was my next door neighbor in high school. The cool guy who taught me so much about life, fun, friendship and driving his stepmom Sheila's very...Read More »
3 of 41 | Posted by: Don Feiock Reddin - Mission viejo, CA
“I am so sorry to hear of this; I just learned last night. My heart breaks. John was a sweet spirit and he blessed my soul every time I saw him. I...Read More »
4 of 41 | Posted by: Steve Strong - Friend
“John came to the Reunion Planning Parties for the 2004 W. T. White High School reunion. We had so much fun recounting old memories. But, it was...Read More »
5 of 41 | Posted by: Vickie Hanson Baker - Keller, TX
“Dearest Renda, McClain, Jack, Joseph, Jesse and Joshua,
John was dearly loved by all who knew him, He never met a stranger and poured life into...Read More »
6 of 41 | Posted by: Liz Shaffner - Richardson, TX
“Diller and I met in Jr. High through mutual friend Bob Lindsay. He was always Diller to me as I was Lux because there were too many Johns in our...Read More »
7 of 41 | Posted by: John Lux
“The lives of our family was blessed by the Dillers when we were a part of Trinity Bible Church on Old Campbell Road in Richardson. John and Renada...Read More »
8 of 41 | Posted by: Jean Hasse - Sierra Vista, RI
“My heart is hurting as I search for meaning of the death of my friend John. I long for healing of his dear wife and 5 children. I pray for comfort...Read More »
9 of 41 | Posted by: Paul Dodson - Richardson, TX
“We knew John from Fellowship Bible Church Dallas. He was the head usher, and he convinced my husband and I that we needed to be on the usher team...Read More »
10 of 41 | Posted by: Susie Thennes - friend
“Renada: Today's service was an incredible testimony of your love and faith. You and John have raised your children well, and it is a joy to see...Read More »
11 of 41 | Posted by: Margaret Scholl
“I found these words and my hope is that they may give this family some peace.
Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I...Read More »
12 of 41 | Posted by: Michael Kogutt - An Old Friend
“-The Ragged Sea by Alexi Murdoch
"I see the lights of the city
I see them rising up
They're moving in the dark
A fire without a spark
And the...Read More »
13 of 41 | Posted by: Britt Smith - Austin, TX - Cousin
“Dearest Renada and Family,
I was so saddened to learn of Johnny's death. I remember first meeting both of you at FBCD when you were dating! I was...Read More »
14 of 41 | Posted by: Sheila Baxter
“John was a great friend - always full of joy and energy. I will miss him very much and thankful for the time we shared. I am reminded of the times...Read More »
15 of 41 | Posted by: Dave Mohn - Richardson, TX
“John was a classmate from Mission Viejo High School, class of 1974. A friend posted the link to his obituary on Facebook and I was shocked and...Read More »
16 of 41 | Posted by: Eric Brown - Mission Viejo, CA
“John was a great friend - always full of charisma and energy. I will miss him very much and am proud to have been able to share the times we had...Read More »
17 of 41 | Posted by: DJ Segler - Allen, TX - Friend
“I know John through his oldest daughter McClain at Fellowship Bible Church of Dallas in the nursery. We will all miss John. His was a wonderful...Read More »
18 of 41 | Posted by: Colette Womack - Friend
“Renada, I am so saddened for you and your kids. I remember the first time that I ever met John. I was dropping off my first born in the nursery at...Read More »
19 of 41 | Posted by: Suzy Eisenberg - friend
“Our deepest condolences.
We will always remember his friendly smile and sympathy.
Lots of love for his family.
God rest his soul.
20 of 41 | Posted by: IVAN, RAMON, MARIA JOSE & PURI SALGADO
“I met the Diller's many years ago while working at Fellowship Bible Church. I've never known a sweeter family, one that had such obvious love for...Read More »
21 of 41 | Posted by: Karla Jenkins - friend
“John had this ongoing enthusiasm and energy about him that carried over to those around him. And as everyone else has said, he had a constant smile...Read More »
22 of 41 | Posted by: Chris, Rollie, Stephen and Lauren Coats - TX
“Dear Renada and Children,It was quite a long time ago that I met all the Dillers! My daughters all babysat for the children at one time or another. ...Read More »
23 of 41 | Posted by: Kathy Voigtsberger
“The LORD'S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your...Read More »
24 of 41 | Posted by: Cathy McJunkin - Plano, TX 75075
“Throughout the years that I knew John, he alway strived to be the best at what he did. No matter what it was, John had a knack to make it work and he...Read More »
25 of 41 | Posted by: Tim Stephens - Richardson, TX
“'And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today...Read More »
26 of 41 | Posted by: Kathy Prather - Dallas, TX
“I worked with Johnny at Chamberlain's Steak & Chop House many years ago, and our kids went to the same elementary school. On many occassions I saw...Read More »
27 of 41 | Posted by: Sheryl Kirchner - Richardson, TX
“I had the great pleasure of working along side John at Trinity Bible church in "Zone56", a 5th and 6th grade youth discipleship group. As most...Read More »
28 of 41 | Posted by: Phil Hollen - friend
“I had the sheer pleasure of meeting John on his first day at Mission Viejo High School. Being a transplant from Texas as well, the year before, I was...Read More »
29 of 41 | Posted by: Sheree Bartlett- Moore - CA
“John came over to our house to pick up produce. We had recently finished remodeling our kitchen and John came in and oohhed and awed over the...Read More »
30 of 41 | Posted by: Jack and Cindy Pitney - TX
“The thing I remember most about John is his smile. It was ever present and it spoke so much about the man he was. I never recall seeing John when...Read More »
31 of 41 | Posted by: Jeff Sharrock - Richardson, TX
“Johnny has always been someone who lit up the room. A charismatic, fun, and undeniably loveable soul. I've always and will continue to take pride...Read More »
32 of 41 | Posted by: Chris F - Buda, TX - Cousin
“We are so deeply saddened to hear of John's passing. Although we
only met him a few times is was so very obvious how much he was loved by his family...Read More »
33 of 41 | Posted by: Jane and Bruce Bower - Hollis, NH
“I will look forward to being together again in Heaven.
35 of 41 | Posted by: fran riggs - Dallas, TX - friend
“Words cannot express my thoughts or feelings . I can only say that Father God sent an angel to us in our hours and days of need this last year .I wll...Read More »
36 of 41 | Posted by: Donna Swoverland - neighbor
“I was once a damsel in distress. I needed John to go up against Goliath on behalf of me and my then 2 year old daugther. While John was clearly and...Read More »
37 of 41 | Posted by: Fran Riggs - Dallas, TX - friend
“John was such a beautiful person...inside and out! Renada, I remember when you and John became engaged at FBCD in the children's classroom where you ...Read More »
38 of 41 | Posted by: Elizabeth Bolton - Dallas
I met your father at open house last year. When he entered the room, the whole room changed - in a very good way! (much the same when you...Read More »
39 of 41 | Posted by: Pauline Freeman - Plano, TX
“My favorite memory of John was him singing on stage at vacation bible school.."I'm going camping, now I'm on my way...I'm gonna climb up a mountain...Read More »
40 of 41 | Posted by: Christine-Slaver- Shulman - TX
“We are keeping you all in our hearts. Blaine new Mr. Diller better than Chris and I did. Blaine said he was a great person. He enjoyed the times he...Read More »
41 of 41 | Posted by: Sherry and Chris Petersen
John Diller entered this world May 11, 1956, born to parents John and Virginia Diller in Dallas, TX at St. Paul hospital. He attended W.T. White High School and graduated from Mission Viejo High School in 1974. John entered the United States Navy in 1975 where he rose to the rank of Brigade Commander and served on the Admiral’s Staff in Puerto Rico. He was honorably discharged in 1980. He was very proud of his military service.
John spent most of his professional career in management and operations of high-end restaurants. He viewed the restaurant floor as his personal stage, and he was a masterful performer.
John married the love of his life, Renada McCoy, on November 23, 1991. They met while serving in the youth ministry at Fellowship Bible Church Dallas. They have been blessed with five beautiful children. His love for his wife and children was unmatched, only eclipsed by his love for the Lord. John was very active in his church, Trinity Bible Church, and passionate about meeting any of the needs of his congregation. Many will remember John as head usher at Fellowship and the great pride he took in doing the job perfectly.
John had a way of lighting up a room with his presence. He was quick witted with a great smile and a wonderful sense of humor. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife Renada, his children, McClain, Jack, Joseph, Jesse, and Joshua; sisters, Linda Ingram, Beverly Bower, and Cindy Salgado; as well as father John Diller and his wife Sheila Diller, and mother Virginia Diller.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that, if desired, contributions be made to the John Diller Family Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo location or mailed c/o Michael and Fran Riggs, 3907 Cobblers Lane, Dallas, Texas 75287 by using the account number: 7218460983.