John Wyatt McGilton, 57, of Missouri City, Missouri, formerly of Peculiar, Missouri, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2023, with his children & family by his side. John was born on August 1st, 1965, in Kansas City, MO, to Joanne (Wehrenberg) and John Leo McGilton, Jr.
He grew up in in Kansas City, MO and graduated from Winnetonka High School. He attended trade school where he received his HVAC certificate. His first job following school was with AB May. John started several of his own businesses for which he was passionate about. Including, Heartland Building Services, Heartland Comfort Systems, Affordable Air Repair and Dad & Sons Dirt Work. John had three loving children- Tanner, Nikalea & Mason. He went on to join the 798 union and did pipeline work in several different states once he was an empty nester. He came home from the road to join operator’s union 101.
John spent his entire life working hard and loving people the best way he knew how. He was goofy and ornery while doing it! He enjoyed hunting, riding his Harley, cooking, camping and fixing pretty well everything and anything. His love language was cooking for others, and he always made enough to feed an army. He enjoyed teaching his skills to others. John was a loving father who cared deeply about the success of his children. He lost the love of his life, Nicole Wyman in 2009.
John always found a way to make sure everyone had what they needed and if felt like they didn’t, he would make sure to find a way to fulfill their needs. He often times offered complete strangers a helping hand which did not always work out in his favor. Nonetheless, he never gave up on trying to help others no matter the end result.
In 2016, John was diagnosed with colon cancer. At that time, he underwent surgery and went into remission. In July of 2021 he received the news that his cancer relapsed and was now a stage 4 metastatic colon cancer spread to multiple organs. John made the decision to fight, and that he did. He underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy along with one round of radiation. During this time, he demanded to continue working as an operator and frequently went to work with chemotherapy infusing. In October of 2022 he was given a short prognosis and the doctors had nothing further to offer him. He began hospice care with Novus LifeCare, who made it their mission to assure he was as comfortable as possible in his final days.
His three children: Tanner Chase McGilton of Peculiar, Missouri; Nikalea Danae Ward and husband Tyler of Topeka Kansas; Mason Cole McGilton of Peculiar, Missouri, survive him in death. Also surviving John are his mother: Joanne Kasburg (Wehrenberg) and her husband Jerry; his surviving brothers include Curtis McGilton and his significant other, Jennifer Becchina; Mike McGilton and Scott McGilton. John’s sister; Kimberly Cross. He leaves behind two grandchildren- Emersyn & Wrenna Ward and a third one on the way, that has an expected due date of his birthday! John is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews. He is proceeded in death by his father John McGilton and significant other Nicole C. Wyman.
As per John’s final wishes, he has been cremated. A celebration of John’s life will be held at 12:00 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2023 at the VFW Post 5606, 5406 NE Oak Ridge Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119. Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. Memories of John and words of comfort for his family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.