OBITUARY

John Dansdill

May 20, 1931October 27, 2020

Houston resident John Edward Dansdill passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 1:09 a.m. at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Born May 20, 1931, in Thornburg, Iowa, he was the son of Mae (Triplett) and Cecil Dansdill, both of whom preceded him in death.

John received a Bachelors degree in Education from Iowa State Teachers College (UNI) and later earned a Masters degree in School Administration from Truman State University. He served as a school administrator in Iowa, Arizona, Peru and Honduras. He made Houston his retirement home.

He is preceded in death by his wife Rita, and sons Philip and Patrick. He is survived by his sister Lois Dansdill of Houston, son Christopher Dansdill (Carlene), daughter-in-law Shirley Dansdill (Patrick) of Tucson, AZ and two daughters Stacey Dansdill of Tucson, AZ and Amy Youngbear of Lead, S. Dakota. Surviving grandchildren are Jay, Amber, Jordan and Shane Dansdill.

John was a lover of softball. He played on senior softball leagues in Houston for over 20 years, winning local, national and world senior softball championships during that time. He was inducted into the Texas Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 2019. John collected arrowheads and old pendulum clocks. An avid tennis player before retirement, he remained active into his late 80’s and rode his bicycle daily to stay fit. He was a good father, friend and neighbor to all. He never met a stranger that he could not make into a friend.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialoaksfunerals.com for the Dansdill family.

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Tim and Debbie Rawley

November 22, 2020

We met Ed in February 1988, at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) during their educator’s recruiting fair. A year later, Ed hired us to join the staff of the Toquepala American Staff School located in Toquepala, Peru. Being hired by Ed literally changed our lives, and the lives of our two daughters. Ed was outstanding as a supervisor, mentor, and friend. As international educators we served seven years in Peru, followed by three years in China, before ending our careers in Colorado. Working and living in foreign countries for ten years was educationally and culturally enriching. Thank you Ed!
We always stayed in touch with Ed. We saw him play senior softball in Aurora, CO, we attended an Astros/Athletics game in Houston, met him in Lima to return to Tacna, Toquepala, and Ilo, to visit with friends and hunt for arrowheads. When passing through Houston on flights, we would call Ed to touch base.
We will miss Ed here on Earth, but we will celebrate his life, knowing he is with Rita in a better place.
Tim and Debbie Rawley
Colorado Springs, CO

Oswaldo Vildoso Vargas

November 22, 2020

Conocimos a Ed en Junio de 1979 en Ilo, Moquegua.
Había empezado a trabajar en Southern Perú y me asignaron familiarmente una vivienda que se ubicaba a poca distancia de las canchas de tenis. Como este deporte lo había querido practicar toda mi vida, el primer fin de semana disponible me apersoné conjuntamente con mi esposa Soledad a las canchas con el fin de observar. Ahí estaba Ed Dansdill.

Con una canasta llena de pelotas de tenis y una raqueta de madera practicaba incansablemente su servicio. Nosotros sentados en las graderías observábamos entusiasmados todos sus movimientos. Nunca me imaginé que por azar del destino iba a encontrar en esa persona a uno de los mejores amigos de mi vida. No tengo palabras lo suficientemente exactas para describir la belleza de la amistad que brotó desde ese entonces.

Recordamos su noviazgo con Rita, excelente amiga quien posteriormente se convertiría en su esposa y de quien me comentó que lo mejor que le había sucedido en su vida fue conocerla y su mejor decisión casarse con ella. La celebración de su boda en el hotel de turistas, el cruce de raquetas y las tertulias en nuestras horas libres son momentos imborrables que permanecen en la memoria de todos sus amigos peruanos.

Acostumbraba visitarlo en el colegio americano donde el laboraba y era notorio que existía siempre un latente ambiente amical con sus profesores y alumnos, aroma familiar.

Nunca olvidaré su fraternal trato y su actitud paternal con mis hijos, las estadías joviales en su casa de Houston y Tacna e igualmente sus visitas en Lima e Ilo, hermosos momentos que están presentes en nuestros corazones.

Ed hoy te imagino por los cielos, montado en tu bicicleta, buscando cabezas de flecha y jugando tenis con tu amada Rita, espéranos en la eternidad pronto podremos compartir unos partidos de dobles.

Oswaldo Vildoso Vargas

November 22, 2020

Oswaldo Vildoso Vargas

November 22, 2020

We met Ed in June 1979 in Ilo, Moquegua.
I had started working in Southern Peru and was assigned a family home that was located a short distance from the tennis courts. As I had wanted to practice this sport all my life, the first available weekend I appeared with my wife Soledad on the courts in order to observe.

There was Ed Dansdill.
With a basket full of tennis balls and a wooden racket, he tirelessly practiced his serve. We sat in the stands and watched his moves with enthusiasm. I never imagined that by chance of fate I was going to find one of the best friends of my life in that person. Words cannot be exact enough to describe the beauty of the friendship that has sprung up since then.

We remember his courtship with Rita, an excellent friend who would later become his wife and about whom he told me that the best thing that had happened to him in his life was meeting her and his best decision to marry her. The celebration of their wedding in the tourist hotel, the racket crossing and the gatherings in our free hours are indelible moments that remain in the memory of all their Peruvian friends.

I used to visit him in the American school where he worked and it was well known that there was always a latent friendly atmosphere with his teachers and students, a familiar aroma.

I will never forget his brotherly treatment and his fatherly attitude with my children, the jovial stays at his home in Houston and Tacna and also his visits in Lima and Ilo, beautiful moments that are present in our hearts.

Ed today I imagine you in the skies, riding your bike, looking for arrow heads and playing tennis with your beloved Rita, wait for us in eternity soon we will be able to share some doubles matches.

Mariela Espinoza

November 16, 2020

Dear uncle..
I can´t handle by now that you are not among us. Thing of gods are sometimes this way. I would like to tell you you were the uncle that gave emotion and stamina to a young girl.

Keep in my mind all adventures in boogie verde, that emotion of assembling kites and get them flight on the beach.

Those rides plenty of adventures searching for arrowheads in Las Lomas de Ilo. Although we don´t speak same language , we always were able to understand each other.

Your kind words as recognition of my work as school teacher, your visits on bycicle, your apple pie; pizza and pie and ice cream evenings playing many different table games but about all your desire to be in family and enjoy laughts and good momments.

Thanks for leaving me such beautiful recalls.
Have a nice trip, uncle Ed.

thomas "Hank" sousa

November 15, 2020

I had my first real job interview with Ed when he was principal of the Indian Oasis School in Sells, Arizona (on the Papago, now Tohono Oodham reservation). I had graduated from the U. of Arizona several days before ( Dec. 1973). He offered me the job and a few days later called me to say there were others interested so I should make up my mind. He was a wonderful boss and allowed us teachers a good amount of freedom to improvise and make do with what we could come up with on the res to do our jobs. I made life long friends there and think of those days fondly. Thanks, Ed, for helping me jump right into an interesting life experience.

Brunny Alzamora

November 14, 2020


He is my uncle Ed, husband of my Aunt Rita, a spectacular couple, always thinking about the next trip, about new adventures, every time they arrived in Peru, it was a party! Beach days, card games for long days and of course the search for spearheads in the deserts of Tacna, unforgettable moments with both of them, now they will continue the party together up there, I love them very much and I will always carry them in my heart.
Have a nice trip dear uncle ED

Jimmy Quimby

November 14, 2020

Next to my father, John was the man that I respected the most. Mr. D, was my friend. I always enjoyed my conversations with him. sitting in his garage for our visits was always the best part of my day. My grandson, Theodore, always wanted to go see Mr. D because he always had a treat for him. I always enjoyed walking through his house, looking at his clocks and listening to the stories behind them. He loved my children as if they were his own and for that, I will always be grateful, even as they grew into adulthood, he would always ask about them. Rest In Peace Mr. D, you will be missed.

Jan Demro

November 13, 2020

Ed was a friend who was always sincerely interested in what people thought and how they were feeling. He cared deeply about his friends and was generous with his time and hospitality. I was blessed to work with him in Peru for many years and then to be able to visit him and Rita often on my summer trips through Houston. I have many fond memories of those times together. He will be remembered and missed.

Merva Hansen

November 13, 2020

ED was a true friend, long after he hired me to work in Peru. We shared many good conversations in recent years when he came back to visit, adding an silver angel bell to my collection a few years ago. That is a precious reminder of him as it sits on my dining table.

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