Shane Barry Dye


Shane Barry Dye, age 54, passed away on Thursday, May 20, 2021.  He was born April 29th, 1967 in Frostburg, Maryland.  He attended Lawrence High School.  Shane was a Navy Veteran and served his country in Desert Storm on the USS Simpson.  As a child, Shane loved to take apart lawnmowers, bicycles, and typewriters and put them back together.  This trait served him well as a gas turbine specialist in the Navy and as an automotive mechanic.    He later worked for more than 28 years as a water treatment operator for Lawrence and Emporia. 

Shane had a good heart and loved his family; he made many happy memories at family holidays and Sunday dinners.  He relished time spent canoeing with family and friends as well as some family beach trips.  Shane appreciated old western movies and was a diehard Chiefs fan.  He also loved watching boxing & UFC fights with his friends and family.  Shane had strong political views and thoroughly enjoyed debating these views. 

He loved being outside and would aid hurt or stray animals at any opportunity.  Shane taught his children to do so as well.  He enjoyed listening and dancing to classic and alternative rock as loud as the stereo allowed.  He loved being a father and his most favorite title was being a grandpa, or “Fun-pa”, to Ayden, Aspen, Hank, and Otto.

Shane would give the shirt off his back, figuratively and literally, and his last dollar to anyone in need without a second thought.  He never hesitated to help a friend or a stranger and he made everyone around him laugh without even trying.

Shane was preceded in death by his father Larry Dean Harrell and brother Kenneth Allen Dye.  He married Joanna Trammel Dye; they later divorced.  He married Jadene Berg Dye; they later divorced.  Shane is survived by two sons, Boston Dye of Lawrence, KS and Carter Dye of Lawrence, KS; daughter, Evan Dye of Lawrence, KS; four grandchildren Ayden, Aspen, Hank, and Otto of Lawrence, KS; his mother Darlene Yates of Lawrence, KS; two sisters, Yvette Bowlin-Prager of Lawrence, KS and Kelly Dye of Alexandria, Virginia; two brothers, Gordon Dye, Lawrence, KS and Robert Harrell, San Antonio, TX; many nieces and nephews and his good friends Karla Peck and Dawn Hammerschmidt Hill.


A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 26th, 7 pm at the Eagles Club, 530 Wisconsin, Lawrence, KS.  




  1. George "Goofy" Goof on May 29, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    I shall always miss you, Donald Duck.

  2. Sue VonBargen on May 28, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    So sorry for your loss Darlene. May God ease your sorrow and give you comfort.

  3. Rick Aldrich on May 27, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    I met Shane back in the late 80’s when I was working at Tony’s Nissan dealer in Lawrence next to Midas where he worked. We’d all take turns throwing rubber grommets at one another. A friendship began at that point. Shane was an honest genuine true hearted person and I’m sure 99.9% of the people he came in contact with will agree. Rest In Peace my friend. You’ll always be in out thoughts, hearts and memories.

  4. Dawn Hill on May 27, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    This is a beautiful tribute to my wonderful friend! I will miss Shane everyday until we meet again. Lifting the entire Dye family and friends up in prayer.

  5. Mary Ann Burris on May 27, 2021 at 9:59 am

    What a wonderful tribute! May each of you celebrate your love for Shane and live out his legacy in the way you live and love others!”

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