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3/29/1925 - 5/13/2016
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PRINCETON - James D. “Jay” Dunn, 91, of Princeton, formerly of Ohio and Tonica, died Friday, May 13, 2016, at Liberty Village in Princeton. Born March 29, 1925, in Sublette, he was a son of James J. and Genevieve (Fitzpatrick) Dunn. He was united in marriage to JoAnn Tucker on July 29, 1950, in Ohio, Ill. She preceded him in death on July 13, 1968. He then married Betty Rooney Fundell in 1973. She preceded him in death in 1978. He then married Mildred Grubb McCloud in 1980. She preceded him in death in 2013. In 1930 while attending a family reunion at Lowell Park in Dixon, he fell off of a dock into the Rock River and was saved by Ronald Reagan, who was the life guard on duty at the time. He attended the Daven School in East Grove Township, Lee County, and graduated from Amboy High School in 1942. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from the University of Illinois in 1950. He owned and operated the Ohio Grain Company from 1954 until about 1970. An early adopter of no-till farming, he was once named Lee County Conservation Farmer of the Year. He was an antique car enthusiast and an amateur radio operator. Jay was among those who successfully advocated for the straightening of the dangerous S curve on Route 26 south of Ohio more than 40 years ago. Jay worked as an industrial electrician at Donaldson Company from 1974-1976 and at Air Products and Chemicals from 1976 until his retirement in 1990. He enjoyed singing and was a longtime member of the Bureau County Barber Shop Chorus. He was a catechism teacher at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Leonore. He was a former member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio. He resided in Ohio from 1958-1985 when he and Millie moved to Tonica. His family will most remember his kind and gentle nature as well as his dry sense of humor. Those left to honor his memory include his daughters, Shauna M. Dunn (Paul Gyorok) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Carole E. (Mike) Vaughn of Princeton; a son, James H. “Jim” (Jamie) Dunn of Ohio; 8 grandchildren, Rebecca Dunn (Matt Quigley) of Petersburg, Joseph (Angel) Dunn of Princeton, Michael (Elizabeth) Dunn of Boynton Beach, Fla., Jeffrey Dunn of Dongguan City, China, Angela (Nathan) Baldwin of Ballwin, Mo., Missy Dunn of Ohio, Lindsay Vaughn (James Van Fleet) of Princeton and Devin Vaughn (Dr. Christie Hancock) of Chicago; 3 great grandchildren, Ethan, Aubrey and Owen Dunn; 2 brothers, Gerald (Anita) Dunn of Walnut and Robert Dunn of San Francisco, Calif.; several nieces, a nephew, great nieces and nephews; three step granddaughters, Amy (Kirk) Stevens, Sheila McMann (Steve Wall) and Gennene (Christopher) Ching; and six step great grandchildren, Ty, Madlyn, Ryan, Devon, Delaney, and Josey. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Sister Elizabeth, OSB, and several step children. Private services have been held. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. www.garlandfuneralhome.com

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