STERLING – John M. Dunaway, 83, of Sterling, died Saturday, May 12, 2018, at his home.
John was born Feb. 19, 1935, in Decatur, the son of Noah and Marguerite (York) Dunaway. He served in the Air Force, and later graduated from the draftsman trade school at Oklahoma State University. John married Carolyn Turner on Nov. 23, 1957, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Lancaster, Ohio. He was employed as an industrial engineer for 35 years at Penberthy in Prophetstown. He enjoyed traveling, reading, making musical instruments, bowling, square dancing, camping, and enjoyed going on rendezvous with his buddies from the old Northwest Company. John was a Cub Scout leader, Little League baseball coach, and he also organized and coached girls youth softball in Sterling. He could make or fix anything. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn of Sterling; three sons, David (Doughton Lawrence) Dunaway of Chicago, Richard (Debra) Dunaway of Morrison, and William (Dana) Dunaway of Parkville, Missouri; two daughters, Cathy Dunaway of Madison, Wisconsin, and Diana (Robert) Hanson of
Oregon; one sister, Mary Ann Dunaway of Decatur; one brother, Fred Dunaway of Decatur; seven grandchildren, Zachary Dunaway, Nicholas and Adam Gallardo, and Grant, Kyle, Natalie, and Mallory Dunaway; two stepgranddaughters, Ally Milnes and Katie (Sean) Hassett; two stepgrandsons, Tom (Sandy) Hanson and Mike Hanson; and one great-granddaughter, Jaycee Dunaway.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Marguerite Dunaway; three brothers, David, Walter, and Gerry Dunaway; and one granddaughter, Madeline Dunaway.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at McDonald Funeral Home, 505 First Ave., Sterling. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling, with the Rev. Bruce Ludeke officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the American Diabetes Association.
Visit mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
Special thanks to Dr. Kuhns, the staff at Morningside, and Rock River Hospice.