Mr. John Brent Hillyard's obituary , Passed away on March 10, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri

Mr. John Brent Hillyard

July 18, 1947 - March 10, 2022 (74 years old)

Kansas City, Missouri

Mr. John Brent Hillyard's obituary , Passed away on March 10, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri

John Brent Hillyard Obituary

John Brent Hillyard of Dallas, TX. died peacefully with his daughter Sybil beside him March 10, 2022, in Kansas City, MO. at St. Luke’s Hospice House, after a short illness and chronic medical conditions.
Brent was born on July 18, 1947, in Hartford, Connecticut and graduated from Saint Joseph Central High School. He completed two bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Business Management from Missouri Western State University. He served in the national guard during the 1970’s. He was a member of the Episcopalian church and relied strongly on his faith throughout his life.
Brent married Catherine Cobb of St. Joseph in 1972 and their daughter, Sybil Hillyard was born in 1974.
Brent had several careers, but his passion was the restaurant industry where in the late 1980’s he partnered with his good friend Ken Shearin, in Bistro Blues Restaurant in St. Joseph, MO. Many years of fun, laughter and kitchen confrontations entertained the staff family. In 1992 he moved to Dallas, TX. and began a successful 25-year career as co-owner of several Sonic restaurant locations in Texas and California.
Brent’s friends will remember him as a good ole’ boy, an outdoor enthusiast who loved hunting, fishing, shooting, and camping with his daughter. Golfing was one of his biggest passions later in life. But mostly he will be remembered for his colorful nature and kind heart.
Brent was preceded in death by his mother Virginia Zweers Hillyard, father Walter Scott Hillyard, his birth father Richard Bandfield, and dear friend Kenneth Wayne Shearin.
Surviving is daughter Sybil Hillyard of Gower, MO., Grandson’s Alex, Colin, and Jack Archdekin. He will also be remembered by his dear friends in Dallas, Stacy Parrott, Lee Larson, Pete Clark, and lifelong St. Joseph Friends, Roy Humphreys, Mark Wissehr, Mike Papanek, and Denny Foutch; all of whom were a great support to him throughout his life.
Brent’s pride and joy was his daughter Sybil, from whom he received his greatest happiness, along with the dogs he owned and adored throughout his life.
Brent requested no funeral or memorial services and even though he was a proud 37-year recovering alcoholic, he would most certainly appreciate a glass raised in honor of the times you shared with him, whether they may be happy, sad, frustrating or *#*#!
Donations in his name may be directed to:
Friends of the Animal Shelter of St. Joseph and St. Joseph Animal Shelter
701 Lower Lake Rd.
Saint Joseph, MO. 64504

Created by : Sybil Hillyard


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April 17, 2022

William Dutton lit a candle

“Last Saturday night, 50 years since I had last seen Brent, I decided to put some logs in my little chimenea to enjoy a fire in Oxford, England. As I stared into the fire, I was taken back to camping with Brent and sitting around a big log fire after each night’s fish dinner. It was as if it was yesterday. The next day, I got an email from Brent’s daughter, telling me of his death. In the spirit of Gibran, the depth of your grief is a measure of your love.”


March 13, 2022

Pete Clark lit a candle

“In loving memory of John Brent Hillyard, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Brent was a growling and gruff teddy bear. He had a kind and gentle heat that always gave a helping hand. I’m glad to have known him and proud to call him my friend. He will be missed. Goodbye my friend, until we meet again. Save me a spot. I know you’re in heaven so let me know if I need to wear shorts where I’m going. Love and miss you !”

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May 10, 2022

James Emmons wrote a sympathy message

“Please accept my condolences for your loss! We worked together many, many years ago and I have nothing but fond memories of John. He had a great attitude and smile. It sounds like John went on to do well in life. Hopefully, God will care for him now.”



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