Dane Greyson Hill

Dane Greyson Hill transitioned into his eternal life unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Dane was born on Saturday, October 1, 1988 at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka, KS. Dane was the seventh born child to Dr. John H. Hill II and Debra “Lee” Wastell Hill.

Dane attended Lawrence public schools. He completed a General Studies Associate’s degree from Johnson County Community College in May 2014. Dane’s talents were in the arts. He was an actor, artist and writer. He began his acting career by starring in a documentary movie shown at the Sundance Film Festival. Dane was finishing his autobiography that was planned for publishing. Dane’s creative interests also included jewelry making. He shared a passion for the outdoors with his dad which included “catch and release” fishing and upland bird hunting. Dane was competitive enough to often say he caught the most fish and believed he seldom missed a bird. He had a unique and special gift for humor in which he could have pursued as a “one-man stand-up comedy” show but not enough time to do it all!

Dane Greyson had such a big heart with intense love for his family. He was a devoted son, sibling, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. Dane was especially dedicated to his three nieces and eleven nephews. They gave him profound joy in every moment he shared with them.

Survivors include his parents Dr. and Mrs. John H. Hill II of Lawrence, his five siblings: sister Angel (Paul) Nuzum, children Avery, Camden, Emersyn of Lawrence; brother John H. Hill III (Lindsay); children John H. Hill IV, Hudson of Fort Scott; sister Alyssa (Scott) Cleland, children Caden, Flynn, Bennett of Lenexa; sister Micaela (Chris) McKenna, children Bryer, Easton of Lenexa; sister Jillian (Robert) Geiger, children Charlotte, Robert Jr., Graham, Gavin of Denton, TX.

Maternal grandfather Dr. Lee A. Wastell (Carolyn) of Las Vegas, NV. Maternal Aunts are Jeannie (Doug) Maryott & family of Wichita, Diantha (Don) Voge of Custer, SD, Lori (Eric) Stevenson & family of Topeka, KS. Paternal Uncle Mike (Marion) Hill and family of Lutz, FL; Aunt Cindy (Bruce) Walquist and family of Cleburne, TX.

Dane’s large family circle included several generations of cousins and great aunts and uncles. Dane was preceded in death by his brother Brandon James Hill, maternal grandparents Fran and Louis Guth and paternal Grandparents Faye and Dr. John H. Hill Sr.

A private service is planned, and arrangements are with Warrenmcelwain.com.

14 Condolences

  1. Penny Hotchkiss on March 27, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Dear Hill family

    I am not sure if you remember me but Dane was at Hillcrest with my son Zach. They were good friends during that time before we moved to Houston. We were just sharing memories of him a few weeks ago and wondered how he was. It is not surprising he became a performer – he was always the most creative child – full of joy and life. Please accept our deepest condolences. The earth will be a little less sparkly but the stars are shining extra bright. Peace be with you all.

    Penny Hotchkiss, and Zach Boehm

  2. The Tallmans on March 27, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to the family… many great memories as the kids grew up.

  3. Rich Bailey on March 27, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    John, Lee, and family,
    I am so sorry to learn of Dane’s passing. Thinking of your whole family in this sorrowful time. Please know that you are in our prayers. Please take care.
    Rich and Anne Bailey

  4. Beth Huff on March 28, 2021 at 8:24 am

    Doctor Hill and family,
    I am so sad to hear of the passing of Dane. I remember the stories Dr. Hill would of tell me of Dane. He was so proud of him and you could hear the joy in his voice. Please know how sorry I am for your family’s loss, you are all in my prayers and thoughts.
    Beth Huff

  5. Mary and Gary Bennett on March 28, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Dear Lee, John, and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your beloved son Dane’ s passing. He sounds like a wonderful young man. We pray your memories of his life sustain and support you all in your sorrow.
    Love, Mary and Gary Bennett

  6. Mandy coot on March 28, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Dear John and lee,
    I’m so very sorry to here about Dane, I didn’t actually get to meet him.
    I can’t imagine the sorrow and sadness you are all going through ,my heart and thoughts are with you all from across the water here in England.
    Biggest hugs Mandy Xxxxxx

  7. Coyla Lockhart on March 28, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Dear Lee and John and family,

    My heart is so sad for all of you at this time. I know your hurt and sorrow is unimaginable at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. Blessings to you that you will always remember Dane’s goodness and uniqueness and his love for all of you.


  8. Megan Wiles on March 29, 2021 at 8:10 am

    I’m so very sorry for your loss! I will be thinking about you all and hope that you are able to find some sort of peace and comfort during this terrible time. Lots of love & big hugs!!!

    Megan (Cooper) Wiles

  9. Eugenia Leasure Bryan on March 29, 2021 at 8:46 am

    To lose a child is unimaginable. To the Hill family, the loss of such a bright life leaves a huge hole. We send our deepest sympathies to each one of you as you grieve for Dane. There is no replacement but memory keeps him close always. May peace passing all understanding be yours in those memories.

    Eugenia Bryan and Leo Shaw

  10. Becky Mondi on March 29, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Lee, John, “John-John”, Angel (my birthday mate and junk lover)..and to All of your big and beautiful bunch! My eyes are watering my table as I’ve spent time recollecting the Hill’s and watching your tribute video a few times now! What memories of your angelic looking kiddos with that glistening blond hair! My heart aches for your loss..I didn’t get the privilege of knowing Dane and your younger kids, but do know your pride in them! Words are somehow cheap in the darkness of loss. I wish you comfort and solace and the biggest of God’s hugs around you all throughout the difficult days forward. You’re a special family. Godspeed.

  11. Charles Cornwell on March 30, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Dear John, Lee and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss of your beloved son. Please know that you are in our prayers.
    Take care,
    Charles and Mary Cornwell

  12. Linda & Eric Hyler on April 1, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Lee, John, and Family,

    We were so sad to learn of Dane’s death. Losing a child is not the normal order of things we expect in life thus making the loss even harder. We can only wish you solace at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Linda & Eric

  13. Diane K Ash on April 1, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    John, Lee, John-John and the entire Hill family:
    Oh, how Dane was loved…and from what you have written, it is clear that he gave so much love back to each of you. That is the gift you can open each day forward–the knowledge that loving him and his love for you changed everyone for the better in an unforgettable way. Our whole family sends condolences to each of you and may God give each of you the strength you need.
    Diane and Ron Ash and family

  14. Melanie Bostwick on April 8, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    John, Lee and Family,

    Our hearts break for the loss of you son. May Gods comfort you family as you grieve this loss.

    Roger and Melanie Bostwick

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