John Harold Shore

17 November, 19407 April, 2021

John Harold Shore was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 17, 1940 to Waldo and Ebba Shore. John grew up in Kansas City where he was active in sports, particularly football, at Southwest High School. John attended Baker University, where he was co-captain of the football team, playing offense, defense and special teams. John received numerous athletic and academic awards while at Baker. It was at Baker that John met his lifelong sweetheart, Mary Lea Lichty. John and Mary Lea both graduated from Baker University in 1962. They married in June 1962 and spent their honeymoon in Niagara Falls on their way to New York City where John attended New York University School of Retailing on scholarship and graduated with honors. Upon graduation, John and Mary Lea moved to Overland Park, Kansas. John joined his father, Waldo, and brother, George, in the family tire business, Shore Tire Company where he served as Vice President until age 50. John was an extraordinary salesman, making everyone who walked in the door feel welcomed, cared for and given the best deal possible. John had a deep love for all people, never having met a stranger.

At age 50, John felt God leading him to RE-TIRE from the tire business and serve God in ministry full-time. For the next 20+ years, John served with Are You Committed - KC in partnership with Rosey Grier, helping transform lives and living conditions in the Kansas City Urban core while also serving as a Board Member for Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). John was subsequently hired to serve as FCA National Office Sr. Vice President, in charge of development for the multi-million dollar building expansion project. After completing this project, John served as Director of the Local Kansas City FCA office, from which he retired (again). Retirement didn't come easy for John so he took on a part-time job with Deeper Waters, helping with overseas mission projects and also providing HOPE to local communities.

John was a loving husband, devoted father, "Uncle John" and friend to many. John loved spending time with his family. While John worked 6 days a week at Shore Tire, he still made sure he took time to attend his children's' sports and performance events as well as take family vacations together. John and Mary Lea literally travelled the world with their kids and, in later years, to see their kids and grandkids. Their love, prayers and support were always felt. In addition, people all over the world have been touched by John's effervescent spirit, humor, laughter and solid commitment to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. John and Mary Lea opened their hearts and home to young people and adults for over 15 years, serving as Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle sponsors for Indian Creek Junior High and Shawnee Mission South High School. They led weekly Bible Studies and huddle times as well as taking groups to summer FCA camps all over the country. John's energy never waned, his laughter and love helping young people know they had a safe place to be and adults who cared for them, physically, mentally and spiritually.

As people remember John, it has been said "He's one of a kind." "He's a special man!" "God used him to change my life." "He was a dad to me." There really aren't enough words to state the impact John's life had in our world but what John wanted everyone to know was this: "I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life." -the words of Jesus in John 8:12. John's final words to all are "Make it a GREAT day! I LOVE YOU ALL. To God be the Glory!"

Those who know John agree that Jesus has already said to him, "Well done, My good and faithful servant."

John is survived by his wife, Mary Lea, of 58 years, his daughter Debbie (Rodney) of Lee's Summit, MO; his son Lance (Cindi) of Coon Rapids, MN; three grandchildren Logan (Katie), Daniel Luke and Riley (Nick). John was a dedicated uncle to three nephews and two nieces, and a friend to Metro Kansas City.

In lieu of flowers, John's family request donations be made to: Restoration House of Greater Kansas City, 25713 S State Route K, Harrisonville MO 64701;

There will be a Visitation from 9:30am to 11:00am on Saturday, April 17 at Christ Community Church, 14200 Kenneth Road, Leawood, Kansas. Funeral Service will follow at 11:00am. Due to Covid-19, attendance is limited. Registration is required to attend. To register, please go to:

If unable to attend, the service will be Livestreamed by the church. That link is:


  • Waldo G. Shore, Father (deceased)
  • Ebba A. (Peterson) Shore, Mother (deceased)
  • George William Shore, Brother (deceased)
  • Mary Lea (Lichty) Shore, Wife of 58 years
  • Debbie Hammer (Rodney), Daughter
  • Lance Shore (Cindi), Son
  • Logan (Katie), Grandson
  • Daniel Luke, Grandson
  • Riley (Nick), Granddaughter
  • Three (3), Nephews
  • Two (2), Nieces

  • Logan Shore, Pallbearer
  • Scott Shore, Pallbearer
  • Chris Shore, Pallbearer
  • Paul Coffman, Pallbearer
  • Pat Crosby, Pallbearer
  • Dan Gurley, Pallbearer
  • Rod Handley, Pallbearer
  • Bill Stutz, Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Saturday, 17 April , 2021

  • Funeral Service - Must Register to attend - see link above

    Saturday, 17 April , 2021


  • Committal Service

    Saturday, 17 April , 2021


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Dave Owen

29 April 2021

I am so sorry that I did not hear of John's passing. He was a dear friend that I worked with on the FCA Banquet and golf Tournament for many years. I will miss him!

Dale McGuinn

18 April 2021

So very sorry. I didn't know.
John and I were in bible studies together over the years and served together in ministry.
He was a great friend and wonderful servant of the Lord.

Curt and Peggy Creason

17 April 2021

So sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Uncle "J" Shore. He was one of a kind and was truly an uncle to me and so many. Introducing me to FCA at a young age and then young life @ Colonial, Kanakuk/k-life, and many more impacted me and now my family. The service today was a wonderful testament to Uncle John's life and legacy; and getting to see/hear Lance and Debbie share the fond memories was special, especially the fruits of the spirit teaching (I could only remember one gun love). So many Mr. Shore "isms" were remembered and "C me Ki Ki" was not mentioned but will live on for sure. May God bless the entire Shore family during this time of loss as we offer you our deepest sympathies. In Christ's Love Always!

Curt and Peggy Creason

Bill Heustis

16 April 2021

So very sorry for your loss. I worked for John for many years. He was a great boss and friend. He will be missed by many

Loretta Magerl

12 April 2021

I worked with John for many years. He was very kind and good to me the whole time I was with Shore Tire Co. He had a very big heart and always treated everyone with respect. I will always remember his kindness. My sincerest sympathies to Mary Lea and his children.
Loretta Magerl

Kevin Cacy

10 April 2021

Over 30 years ago I first sat down with John when he had started Are You Committed KC. He got me involved, always encouraged me, and stirred up my love for the youth of our city. It’s set me on a course that continues today! What a gift of encouragement John Shore had! You couldn’t help but feel significant and important after meeting with him. He was always faithful in friendships, and always believed the best about people. May the Lord reward him richly for his years of service to the king!

Nancy McDowell

9 April 2021

Mike and I were very richly blessed to have John and Mary Lea as our neighbors for twenty years. John’s steadfast love of the Lord helped bring us both back to Him. We are forever grateful for the good times we shared. As a Presbyterian minister friend once said at a young man’s funeral: “God must be very sure of His victory here on Earth to remove from His line of battle such a strong warrior for Christ.” John was no longer young, except he was young at heart. Requiem aeternam, John.

Donna and Raymond Enyeart

9 April 2021

I have such special memories of John and our time of working together at FCA. Such a caring heart that loved the Lord. The morning devotionals he wrote were inspirational and while looking through the ones I have saved also found this note:

“ Only one life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”

“The greatest gift that one can give - is one that will outlast him or her.”

What a legacy John leaves. We will never forget the special times we shared and the impact he made on our lives. Our sincere sympathy to Mary Lea and their family. Raymond and Donna Enyeart


9 April 2021

John has been a great influence on many lives over the years. There should be MORE John Shore's to make this a better world. Blessing to ALL your family. "The just shall live by faith" John lived out HIS faith in JESUS well.

Raymond Lee

8 April 2021

John and I went back many of years, I have a lot of memories of the Shore family and I am very sorry for there loss, he will be missed ...
God please welcome John to Heaven and may he Rest In Peace

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