John Phillip Bunn Sr., 78, of New London, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at his home.

John Phillip Bunn Sr., 78, of New London, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at his home.

Funeral services with full military rites by Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post No. 55 will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Rev. Tim Goodman will officiate. 

Friends and family are invited to John’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

John was born Dec. 10, 1939, in Hannibal to Willie Myrle Secrist Stafford.

He was married to Helen Whitaker on Nov. 23, 1962, at the Oakwood Methodist Church in Hannibal. She survives.

Other survivors include ywo children, John Phillip Bunn Jr. (Shauna) and Hope Ann  Gibbons (Cliff); one brother, Bernie Bunn (Ila); and two sisters, Patricia Schreck and Donna Jean Higgins. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Joshua Bunn, Konnar Bunn, Regan Ewert, Cliff Gibbons Jr., Hunter Gibbons and Callen Gibbons; and four great-grandchildren, Adisyn Baker, Ainslee Baker, Harper Gibbons and Aspyn Gibbons. Also surviving are several special family members that are half- brothers and half-sisters of John’s.

He was preceded in death by his mother, stepfather, Alden Ethelbert Stafford; one daughter, Deborah Ann Bunn; one sister, Lucille Dorsey; one niece, Judy Walotka; two nephews, Martin Bunn and Roy McDonald III; mother-in-law, Helen Whitaker; father-in-law, Warren Whitaker; and one brother-in-law, Bruce Lee Whitaker.

John was a graduate of Monroe City High School Class of 1957. John served his country proudly in the Missouri Army National Guard.

Professionally John worked as a heavy equipment operator for Local Union 513. John was also the owner and operator of several local businesses including, Bunn Construction, B&W Asphalt, Bunn Trucking, Bunn's Used Cars, Bunn's Sawmill and Bunn Enterprises. 

John loved his work with heavy equipment and as far as he was concerned there was nothing better that Caterpillar machinery. Working in his shop or operating the bulldozer were times always enjoyed by John. Many good times were shared with John and his family and friends on the Mississippi River. John loved to spend time and entertain friends at his river camp. John hosted many fishing adventures and fish fries on the river at his camp. John also took pleasure in quail and rabbit hunting over the years. A great story teller and lover of old time country music, John was known to enjoy dancing with his wife, Helen, over the years. Above all, John cherished the time he shared with his family and friends and most importantly his beloved companion, “Midnight,” his pet dog.

John was baptized at Solid Rock Baptist Church in Rensselaer and later attended the First Christian Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northeast Missouri Humane Society, Shiloh Christian Children's Ranch or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Honorary pallbearers will be Alvin Thompson, Marvin Reagan, Brian Berghager, Harold Caldwell, George Lee Sr. and Larry Faulkner and his nieces and nephews he loved dearly.

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