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John Lawrence “Larry” Dyer


It is a with a broken heart that we announce that Dr. John Lawrence (Larry) Dyer, LCSW, ACSW, MA died unexpectedly of cardiac issues, March 31, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO.  He was surrounded at his bedside by his family and friends.

Dr. Dyer was an advocate for his students and social justice. He taught his students at UMKC, in social work classes, to “treat their clients with loving kindness”. He followed those teachings in his own counseling practice. Larry was a devoted father and grandfather. He was also a valued friend and pet owner. He was a “foster father” for Jax, a dog belonging to a deployed service member as well as a proud father to Jerry his 13 year old lab. Larry had a “green thumb” and nurtured a beautiful garden of vegetables and fruit trees. He loved to browse antique shops with his son, John, and he was a supporter of local artists and art.

Larry was born in St. Louis, September 2, 1950 to Helmuth and Sue Ann Dyer, who preceded him. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas and moved later to the Kansas City area where he met his partner of 30 years, Rick Henricks, who preceded him. He is survived by their adult son, John Dyer, his daughter Demi Allison Dyer, and her three children, his brother, Charles Dyer and his wife, Bert Monroe, and their daughter and grandchildren of Washington State, his sister, Alice Strein, and her husband, Jerry, and their three children and grandchildren of Long Island as well as many dear and true friends.

A celebration of Larry’s life, with reception following, will be held at the UMKC Student Union #302 on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 2:00 till 4:00 pm.


  1. Michelle Shipp on April 10, 2019 at 10:51 am

    I was one of the very lucky people to have had Larry as a 1-1 DBT therapist. I only knew Larry for a brief moment in our lives, but he started me on a path to self-acceptance, sharing my strengths and had just begun to help me “create a life worth living.” I am so grateful to have had even a short time with him as a therapist. He has made a difference in me, and I know in those of us who have experienced his strong, truthful and motivating way with his clients.

    To those friends and family that have known him so much longer – I send loving kindness into your hearts. Larry taught me that.

    I look forward to seeing you all on the 13th.

  2. Roberta Monroe on April 6, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    The Celebration of Larry’s life will be at the UMKC Student Union, #302, Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 2:00 till 4:00 pm. There will be memories and songs shared, followed by refreshments and mingling.

  3. John Aleman on April 5, 2019 at 8:06 am

    John Lawrence, (J.L.), was an amazing man who was giving to his Children, Students, and Clients. We met and instantly fell for each other, as he was one of a kind, in so many ways including his quick wit, his humor, his ‘Cat Joke’; stories of his good friends, whom he Loved; and in teaching me so much. An avid gardener, we planned to ‘win the lottery’ and build a conservatory on his side yard, as he wanted some big tree that only such a structure could hold. John Lawrence would recount stories of Rick, and missed him so very much, loved to tell the story about them standing on a ‘Tarmac’, at the airport while volunteering for a Presidential campaign. J.L. asked, ‘What is a Tarmac?’ and Rick said, ‘I think they went extinct in the second Ice Age’. That was J.L.’s gentle, caring, and Loving manner. And I will always Love him. J.L. was so modest and yet so accomplished. Took the hard road, accomplished so much in his life, and gave so much back. He was a ‘Cowboy’ in a past life and told farm stories. He taught me about ‘Cow Candy’. A few weeks back he told me, “He was really happy” and this is what he deserved, and so much more.

  4. Bert Monroe on April 2, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Larry was my brother-in-law and I loved him dearly. He was a brilliant and loving man. He was surrounded by family and friends at his bedside when he passed at St. Joseph’s in Kansas City. His brother, Charley Dyer have many wonderful memories of visits to the farm with our grandkids and Larry’s and Jonathon’s visits with us. We will miss him terribly. Bert Monroe

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