John Thomas Dunn IV

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April 9, 1976 ~ January 16, 2024

Born in: Owensboro, Kentucky
Resided in: Owensboro, Kentucky

We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend John Thomas Dunn IV, 47, who was welcomed home by his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

John was born on April 9, 1976, in Owensboro, KY. He graduated from Daviess County High School in 1994 where he excelled in sports – most notably soccer and baseball. He went on to Western Kentucky University where he made many new friends and earned B.S. degrees in both Computer Information Systems and Marketing. John went on to create a successful small business as a home improvement and landscape contractor in the Owensboro area where he served his many customers with meticulous love and pride with his dear buddy Jonah. To him, these weren’t simply his customers, they were an extension of his network of family and friends. John honed his trade skills through working alongside his dad over many years which will remain loved and cherished forever.

When we think of John and his life, we simply see the heart of a servant. He literally lived this out day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute. The examples of his service and compassion are far too numerous to list here, but John spent his time on this Earth serving others. He had a compassionate heart for the elderly and lonely; spending time daily ensuring they were cared for and loved. He had a penchant for our youth and committed his life to giving them hope and refuge through many acts of kindness, giving, acceptance, and love. John had a deep love for the outdoors and enjoyed skiing, hiking, or climbing trails in Colorado; and, canoeing, boating, floating, or rafting on Rough River with family and friends.
John was preceded in death by his late grandparents Joseph “Nicky” Johnson, Betty Jean Johnson, John Thomas Dunn II, and Mary Adams Meyers.

John is survived by his parents, mom, Carol Ann Johnson, dad, John “Tom” Dunn III (Tammy), stepfather, Phil Roberts (Beverly), and stepmother Yavonda Dunn, all of Owensboro. Additionally, John is survived by his grandmother, Joy Dunn; siblings, Dave Roberts (Rachael) of Owensboro, Haley Cadima (Keith) of Louisville; and, stepsiblings Theda Brumfield (Tommy), Lindsay Rone, Rachel Brown, and Jeff Goodwin. He also leaves behind a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews, whom he cherished.

We will hold a private funeral service to honor and celebrate John’s enduring impact on each of our lives. As a reminder and lasting memorial to John’s passion for service, please reach out and do something kind for someone in need in honor of John’s life of love.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Matthew 25:35-36

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of John Thomas Dunn IV. Leave your messages of condolence for the family of Mr. Dunn and sign his virtual guestbook at

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  1. Tom and Tammy, our hearts break with you. We witnessed John’s love for helping others on a mission trip helping families in Eastern, KY. He always had a bright friendly smile every time we saw him. You all are in our prayers. We love you guys so much.

  2. To John’s family,

    We are heartbroken over the loss of John. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Steve and Diane Hoffman.

  3. Tom & Tammy, I enjoyed getting to know him over the years through remodel projects we did, and anytime I’d see him out and about he would say HI and check in. Lifting you both, and the family, up in much love and prayers!!

  4. I am heartbroken about this. John, you will be missed my brother! I always enjoyed the opportunities I’ve had to talk and visit with you. Your kind heart and loving soul was always present with you. You always made me feel important and I always loved how calming your spirit has been for me. You have always been a special cousin, and I was fortunate that over the years we had become friends. This world will miss you very much!

  5. John was a good person he mentor both of my sons Isaiah Whitehouse and Matthew Whitehouse they looked up to him. They’re both hurt by this. We stop by to see him week ago he said he was doing good working on his house when it warms up get outside do some work. We’re really going to miss you John RIP FLY HIGH. We give the family are condolences.

  6. John you was a really good person with the biggest heart ik I’ll miss you forever in my heart and you loved the way ppl recognize your work and made you proud. I’m so lucky to have had you as a boss and more proud to have been your best friend. I miss you already and don’t understand but I love and miss you John

  7. Deepest condolences for your loss. We were blessed to get to know John on a mission trip to eastern Kentucky and were so impressed by his ability and heart to help others. So sorry for the pain you are all experiencing.

  8. Carol, Mike and I are so sorry to hear this and our prayers are with you. I knew Tommy years ago too and both of you are in our prayers.

    • Aw Kam!! This made me smile. I remember when John brought you over to our Grandmother & Granddaddy’s house before a dance (prom?) and how I thought that was so cool being his little sister and seeing you all dressed up for a dance. He adored you!! Thank you for sharing. Our family appreciates everyone and all the love and support so very much.

  9. John Thomas, I want you to know how much I treasure our conversations this past Thanksgiving. You are so special to and your Uncle Joe loved you very much. Love you sweetie!

    Aunt Crickett

  10. Bill and I are saddened to learn of John’s passing. John has been our yard man and friend for several years. He always took time to sit and visit with us before going on to his next job. We are going to miss him greatly. Our hearts go out to his family.

  11. Tom and Tammy, so sorry about the loss of your son, prayers for you all and the whole family.
    Anthony and Marsha Holland

  12. Rachel and girls,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your brother/uncle. I know your heart is breaking, just know I am here for you. Love and hugs ❤️

  13. To and Tammy our hearts are broken for you. We pray that our Lord will give you peace, mercy and grace during this time of unimaginable pain and loss. We love you and we are thinking about you daily.

  14. Tom and Tammy our hearts are broken for you. We pray that our Lord will give you peace, mercy and grace during this time of unimaginable pain and loss. We love you and we are thinking about you daily.

  15. I’m sorry for John’s family I’ll be praying for you all. John was an amazing guy with the biggest heart ever. I’ve never met anyone so kind and giving. I was honored to be able to call John a friend. I’ll miss seeing my friend and getting text messages. Love you John

  16. John was committed to selfless service to a profound degree. In this way, he was an exceptional follower of Christ. Having known him was one of the greatest blessings of my life.
    He will be missed by all of us who knew and loved him. But we are comforted by the knowledge that he is presently reunited with the greater community of saints in heaven with Jesus Christ.
    Love always,
    Uncle Bill Johnson

  17. I am shocked and saddened by Johns passing. We go way back to middle school and I saw him for the first time in many years at ROMP last summer. He seemed healthy and happy, living his best life. That’s how I want to remember him. He was a good good person. I will cherish the memories of riding bikes in our childhood neighborhood. Prayers for his family.

  18. On behalf of myself & Valor Christian Academy. The staff & students want to express how sorry we are for your loss and praying for your entire family.

  19. Dave and Rachael, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers during this difficult time.

  20. Tom, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult loss. God Bless you and your family.

  21. John, was such a fine young man. He was so good to me and helped me for many years with lawn work and other household chores. He was so good with Jonah and so kind to everyone he met.

  22. Blessed to have a son who was caring, loving and showed kindness. John will be sadly missed by all of us. Appreciated all he did for my daugher and me.

  23. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends. John was funny, caring, and kind. The world needs more like him. John, you will be dearly missed. I hope that you have found peace in the light of God’s love. Again, my condolences. ❤️

  24. Tom and Families,
    We still remember what a wonderful job you and John did at our home. Our prayers and God’s Love and Peace be with you as you grive his loss.

  25. I went to high school with John. I just remember him always smiling and positive. Sorry for your loss.

  26. My heart breaks for you as you endure this unimaginable sorrow; I do not have the words or expression that can ease your pain. John Thomas’s legacy of love and kindness that he shared with so many will always be remembered.

  27. Jimmy Gaw
    I’m so sorry for your loss and the heartbreak that you must feel. Tommy and Carol and Phil God Bless Y’all

  28. I’m so sorry to hear about John Thomas’s passing. He was such a sweet and kind young man. My prayers go out to all the family during this sad time.

  29. John was a super nice guy who always made me smile every time I saw him . I know he was blessing to everyone he met . Praying for all of you during this difficult time .
    Kristy Clark James

  30. John was such a selfless person that always put others first. He was always so good to my kids and my husband loved doing work with him. I couldn’t have asked for a better cousin. I loved him so much! He will be missed by so many. I know grandmother and granddaddy Johnson welcomed him with open arms in heaven.

  31. We were saddened to hear of John’s passing. He was always so kind and helpful. He was a good friend and just an all around great person. We will miss his smiling face. Our thoughts and prayers to his family.

  32. I’m so sorry to hear about John’s passing. He was my neighbor and was so incredibly friendly. He will be missed.

  33. As a friend of John; I am So Sad to here of his passing. John took care of my yard for years. He was an Awesome person! John was always friendly, caring, and wanted to do OVER AND ABOVE EVERYTHING!!!!! His Smile and Kindness would Brighten up any depressing dungeons of Life! May God Bless him! May God Bless the family and give them strength for the loss of such a WONDERFUL, CARING, AWESOME person that John was! God be with you all to give you strength and healing! JOHN WILL BE SOOOO MISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. So very sorry for your loss Carol Ann, my heart breaks for you. Prayers for peace and comfort for you and your family.

  35. To All of John’s Loved Ones left to carry his light,
    May Our Good Lord Bless you with His Mighty Strength during this difficult time. We did not know John personally, but we know of the Love he came from. It sounds like John was a very loving and kind hearted man. May he Rest in Peace.
    Joe and Vicki Mills

  36. I remember John from being in High School with my son Everett. They played soccer and graduated together. He was always such a polite and very caring young man. My heart breaks for his family. So very sorry to hear of his passing. Love and Prayers for you all. May God give you comfort. 💔😢🙏🙏

  37. He was my neighbor, my friend. So very sad to hear the news, Fly high John. He helped anyone in need if he could. He will be missed.

  38. I became a friend of John’s by first becoming a customer of his outstanding lawn service. I always loved his visits as we enjoyed some personal time together just laughing and talking and/or sharing lunch together. I am going to terribly miss his friendship on Earth but I know I will see him in Heaven as he was a Child of God.

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