John Tyler Dossett

BETHALTO - John Tyler Dossett, 45, artist, philanthropist, and superhero, ended his crime-fighting career and flew to heaven on Oct. 29, 2019 surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3 at Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 4 at the church with Rev. Kale Hanson officiating. Burial will be at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto. A Celebration of Life service will be held in Mendota at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota with visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m. Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River is in charge of arrangements.

John was born July 14, 1974 in Alton to Terry and Martha (Muffy Looman) Dossett.

Survivors include his devoted parents of Bethalto; his loving sister, Aimee Holland of Mendota and her husband, John’s “bro” Judge Troy Holland; his sweet niece, Sophie and his caring nephew, Quin; aunts, uncles, and cousins; his personal aide, Dawn Hood; and his special girlfriend, Jennifer Walter.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and several aunts and uncles, who are waiting for him in heaven.

John was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition called Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome when he was 18 months old. In his youth, he attended William M. BeDell Achievement and Resource Center and Bethalto schools. He graduated from Civic Memorial High School in 1995. He attended Lewis & Clark Community College’s College for Life program for the past 20 years. While attending LCCC, John discovered his love of painting during an art class. He began painting acrylic abstract images and was prolific in the 15 years during which he painted, having created approximately 700 works of art. He offered his paintings for charity events and held many successful public and private art show and gallery events. Despite all of the obstacles he faced in life, he felt his purpose was helping others through his art. In true superhero fashion, he gave the profits from the sale of his art to worthy causes including Relay for Life and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The impact from his life’s work will be felt for generations.

John was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto, where he loved to sing along to his favorite hymns. He had a penchant for inserting his own humor and classic movie quotes into conversations to great comedic effect. He had an advanced sense of humor and an elephantine memory. He was a frequent traveler to Walt Disney World and the Superman Festival in Metropolis, Ill., where he was named an official Superman of Metropolis. He was an aficionado of superheroes (especially his beloved Superman), classical music, John Williams soundtracks, Mel Brooks films, and loved flirting with the ladies. If John knew you, he loved you and he loved helping others. He was loved by many including several great teachers and aides who helped him over the years.

Memorials may be directed to the family to help continue John’s purpose with a scholarship in his name.

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