John Dustin Cruz

John Dustin Cruz, 35, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019 in Kansas City.

Rosary: 6:00 p.m. , Monday, February 11, at St. Luke Catholic Church in Temple

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, at St. Luke Catholic Church in Temple.  Burial will follow at Central Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery in Killeen.

John was born July 31, 1983 in Muleshoe to Javier and Eva Cruz.  He loved to go fishing and play poker.  He was an avid shooter and a history and movie buff.  John loved football, especially the University of Texas Longhorns.

John was preceded in death by his grandparents, Teodoro and Clementina Gonzalez Cruz and Joe T. Gonzales.

John is survived by his parents, Javier Cruz of Luling and Eva and William Hamby of Temple; daughter, Amelia Cruz of Wamego, KS; sisters, Lisa Cruz Hidrogo and husband, Rodney of Kyle, Monica Cruz of Kyle and Samantha Cruz of New Braunfels; grandmother, Alice Rodriguez of Pflugerville;  nieces, Claudia Cruz, Madelyn Cruz and Leah Quinones; nephews, Javier Cruz, Noah Quinones and Mason Tobias; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one of the following organizations:
Wolf Conservation Center



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Condolence Messages

  1. Sassan and Katereh Mahobian

    Our sincerest condolences go out to John’s family and friends. John worked for us for a short time before he passed. He was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed. He was a hard working, smart, courteous and kind person, and above all he always seemed happy and got along with everyone. We will miss his big personality and smile.

    May his soul rest in peace. Our thoughts an prayers go out to his family and friends.

  2. We miss you John. You were a great uncle, you brought so much joy to our family. Though you weren’t my uncle for long, i love you and miss you. Amelia Cruz talks about you constantly, she LOVES you SOOOO much and so does Elyse.
    May you rest in peace. Fligh high angel.
    God gained another amazing angel 2/2/19

  3. Eva my deepest condolences to you and your family. We will never forget your beautiful smile and laughter. May John RIP and may Perpetual light shine upon him.
    From your friends from Portland Texas
    Gracie , Victor and Krystal Flores

  4. Bobby and Lynnie,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing to this world!!!! Gwen

  5. Monica, my deepest condolences to you and your family. John was part of something greater than himself. His dedication was always displayed through his willingness to help others. He is and will always be remembered for the courageous acts of valantry he displayed throughout his military career. He always did his best to embody the natural aspect of leading others down the correct path. John is a friend whom I shall never forget, his memory lives beyond our minds, as it dwells in our hearts so it shall linger in our souls as we remember his gifts. Memories are precious moments that provide the opportunity to dwell in a happy place. Even if you dwell, for a moment, that moment harnessed with the love created seems to last a lifetime. John has definitely helped me realize what is good shall benefit everyone and John was definitely a good person, friend, Brother in Arms, Father and most importantly a Good Man!! Monica, I would like to take this time to tell you, please know you are not alone. You have the support of your Army Family 110%, if ever you need us please know we will always be there, “ Never Broken by Hardship or Battle” Sending my Love and prayers Monica

    Marc Cruz

  6. Lisa, Rodney, and Family,
    I’m so very sorry about the loss of your brother. I know you are a very strong and close family, and I know you will be there to help lift each other up. I hope his memories will bring you comfort. I’m thinking of you all.
    Sending much love,

  7. Dena Stoner and Jessie Aric

    Dear Lisa: We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  8. Lisa – My heartfelt condolences for you and your family. Sending prayers and good vibes your way. Your work family is here to support in any way we can.

  9. My deepest condolences to you Eva and your family. Will keep you and your family in prayer and keep the faith. May God bless you 🙏

  10. Eva my deepest condolences to you and your family. You and your family are in my prayers.
    May God bless you all

  11. I am deeply saddened by the news of the loss of your son. I offer my deepest condolences to the whole family and I pray to the LORD to give you strength to cope with the loss and be able to pass through this difficult time.

    May GOD bless you.

    Jackie Bernal

  12. I am deeply sadden by the news of the loss of you son. I offer my deepest condolences to the whole family and I pray to the LORD to give you strength to cope and be able to pass through this difficult time.

    May GOD bless you.


  13. Toni Sinker-Strang

    I was on the interview board when John was still in Texas and applied for a job with the City of Lenexa by a long distance phone call. He gave very good answers and was willing to make what had to be a scary move to come work in the Kansas City area after moving from Texas. His whole focus was to be near his daughter. He loved her so much and wanted to do what he could to be near her. I hope she always remembers how much he loved her and that she was his driving force for what he wanted to accomplish. He was a good man. May God bless you all and be with you through this very tough time.


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