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John Walter Yurkunas, 51

John Walter Yurkunas, age 51, passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, August 3rd, 2018. He was the husband of Teresa Yurkunas. They shared 16 wonderful years of marriage together.

He was born January 1st, 1967 in Champaign, IL. He was the son of Bonita and Valentine Yurkunas, and had a sister, Valentina. 

John served in the United States Army. He was a dedicated employee for 16 years of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. 

John enjoyed spending time outdoors, and playing with his four dogs. John enjoyed playing pool with his son Matthew and darts with his son Aleczander. He loved having talks on the porch with his daughter Candace. He would play basketball with his grandsons Dylan and Dennis, and have playful jokes with his granddaughter Summer. He loved rock music, and enjoyed going to concerts with his wife. On a nice day, he would be found outriding his motorcycle. John loved sports, and watching the Razorbacks football with Daphnie. John also loved to go on cruises with his family with a most recent Alaskan cruise being his favorite. He and his wife loved each other unconditionally and will forever be intertwined together by a tattoo on each other’s heart. 

John was preceded in death by his mother Bonita. He is survived by his loving wife, Teresa Yurkunas, his father Valentine Yurkunas, his mother in law Virginia Davis, his three sons, John Michael Romesburg, Matthew Carl Lewis (Amber Lewis), and Aleczander Blakely Yurkunas, his daughter Candace Easter (Joshua Easter), his eleven grandchildren, Dennis, Dylan, Abigail, Daphnie, Summer, Kaydience, Gavin, Aleczander Jr., Michael, Tessa, and Garrett John Carl. He also leaves behind his four wonderful fur-babies, Sandy, Lakita, Buddy, and Little Bit. 

Visitation is Thursday, August 9th from 6-8 pm at A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, in Jacksonville. Funeral services will be Friday, August 10th at 11 a.m. at Bethel Assembly of God in Jacksonville.

His online guestbook is available at He will be loved and missed by many but never forgotten. 


  • Pamela Duran Posted August 8, 2018 9:43 AM

    John we will miss you here at work! It was a joy working with you! Prayers for peace and comfort as your family goes through this time of sadness!

  • Mary Sullivan Posted August 8, 2018 2:10 PM

    Teresa, my heart goes out to your and your family. Now, John has his wings.

  • Connie West Posted August 9, 2018 10:00 AM

    Deepest sympathy. Prayers go out to the family.

  • Mandy Posted August 11, 2018 8:55 PM

    Wish I would have got to meet you but know you were a wonderful man by the son you raised and the love that your wife has for you

  • Jennifer Posted August 15, 2018 1:02 PM

    Please accept my condolences. I worked with John some years back and he was always a sweet kind and helpful person to everyone at work. Many prayers to your family right now as you grieve.

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