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John James Gunn, Jr, 69

John James Gunn, Jr. passed away May 18, 2018 unexpectedly at his home in Jacksonville, AR.  He was 69 years old at the time of his death.  He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 14, 1949.  Private graveside services will be held at a later date at Campbell Cemetery in Iowa. 

 John suffered from MS which he lived with for over 40 years.  He was an active AA member for almost  25 years.   John graduated from Mt. Vernon High School (Mt. Vernon, Iowa) in 1967.  He attended ISU,  Coe College and enlisted in the AIr Force.  After serving his country for one year, he  finished his degree at Park University.  John became a CPA working for many different companies across the country.  He was employed in Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Vermont, Texas and finally Arkansas before retiring.  He was an avid Cyclone, Hawkeye, Razorback,  and Chiefs fan.  At family gatherings, John won his fair share of pinnocle and cribbage games.  He was a very independent person and we admired him for this quality.

The bi-weekly phone calls will be missed by his father.  They always talked weather, sports, and farming but never politics!  It was a way to stay connected with each other.  Sunday phone visits with his sister kept him up to date with nephews and nieces along with his grands also.  He loved sharing his grandchildren’s accomplishments.

He will be missed by his son Jared; his father Jim Gunn; his sister, Julie Thomas; and his brother, Jay Gunn.  He is preceded in death by his loving mother, Mary Beth Gunn.

A special thanks to his neighbors, Tiah and Ken, for all the help with meals, lawn mowing, grocery shopping and transporting him to doctor appointments.  A special thanks go out to the Jacksonville firemen who were frequent visitors to his home. Your generosity did not go unnoticed. 

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076.  501-982-3400. 


  • ken sullivan Posted May 22, 2018 9:17 AM

    He was a good friend and a good neighbor, football season found us in heated discussions about who is a better team me an Alabama fan and him Arkansas. I will miss him being next door

  • cliff hutchins Posted May 24, 2018 10:19 AM

    John was a friend and good neighbor. I enjoyed my visits with him. I admired him for not giving up and for his mobility in his motorized wheel chair as he would come down the street to visit neighbors, and making trips to fishnet, stores, etc. I never heard him complain about his situation in life. He made the best of his situation, and he assured me that he knew the Lord as his Savior.

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