Jesse “John” Nunez

Jesse John Nunez, 75, passed away on December 14, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born March 27, 1945 to Pablo and Mary (Garcia) Nunez. The oldest of six children, John attended Lawrence schools and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1963.

He started his career at Albertson’s Dairy and then later worked for Hallmark Cards as a Large Press Operator, retiring from there in 1999 after 32 years of service. He then went to work for Tom and LuAnn Wilcox at Round Corner Drug where he was treated like family. This was truly his favorite place to work.

John was an avid blues lover and enjoyed listening to live music. The next time you listen to Joe Bonamassa, please remember John. He loved collecting die cast cars, unique knives, and eating any kind of chocolate. But his true love was spending time with his grandchildren and traveling. He was able to enjoy trips to Colorado, northern Arkansas, and the beautiful island of Anna Maria in Florida. John and Melinda renewed their 30th wedding vows on Anna Maria Island in 2012. John was always friendly, helpful, and genuine. He never spoke ill about anyone. John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004 and NEVER complained or gave up.

John married Rosalee Hernandez on August 29, 1964 and later divorced. He then married Melinda Dianne Reeves on July 31, 1982.

He is survived by his wife, Melinda of 38 years; his 5 children Richard Nunez, Dionne (Stephen) Chavez, Christopher Nunez, Yvette (John) Herrera, and Adrianne (Jaron Ruckman) Nunez; his 10 grandchildren, Nina, Alexandria, Matthew, Sarah, Andrew, Luke, Simone, Isabella, Sophia, and Juniper; two brothers Nicholas (Edda), and Pablo Jr.; two sisters Maxine Nunez and Jean Walters; Brother-in-law Rick (Marsha) Reeves and Sister-in-law Judy Samuels. John is also survived by a large, loving family of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Michael, in-laws John and Yoland Reeves, sister in-laws Phyllis Clary and Janice Reeves, and brother in-law Dan Samuels.

The family would like to thank Humberto and Pam Pineda, for sharing their beautiful Florida home during John & Melinda’s travels; Mark Barnes, for always being a true friend and being by his side; Dave Drewry, for his kind words during John’s Celebration of Life and all of their wonderful, kind neighbors who proclaimed John the “King of Chalk Hill Court.”

The family appreciates the loving care and support given by the three angels from Elara Caring Hospice.

“Per John’s wishes we will have a big party to celebrate his life at a later date.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Elara Caring Hospice, Willow Domestic Violence Center, and Lawrence Parkinson’s Support Group, sent in care of the funeral home.

Messages & Condolences

From Pam & Humberto Pineda...

Our dear friend John we will miss you everyday. You have been a treasured friend for years and you have put up with me through thick and thin. Every time I hear that great music you love I will think about you. Dear John we love you. Rest in Pease and I pray we will see you in the next life.

From Nancy & Jay Higbie...

Melinda & family
So sorry for the loss of John he was one of kind! He made you always feel welcome going to miss him! Hugs ♥️♥️♥️♥️

From Becky Shockley...

Melinda I am so very sorry I just heard this news today. Please know I love you and I am keeping you in my prayers!

From Linda Abel...

Melinda,

Deepest sympathy to you and your family.

From Michele Simpson...

I have been thinking about you all during this difficult time. It goes without saying how much I love John’s family. I will always remember the good times shared in the past. I find comfort knowing John is at peace.
Michele

From Gloria L Ramirez...

Yvette & Dianne, I am sorry for your loss. I know how close you were w/your father. I remember years ago when we all got together to see Carlos Santana perform at Sandstone. Boy was it hot out there but it was fun! Your father will always be w/you all because his spirit lives in you. May our loving Lord comfort you all, Melinda, children & grandchildren with His love & strength.

From Susan and John Williams...

Being neighbors just doesn’t describe our friendship. We have had so many wonderful times together and we have enjoyed each and every memory we’ve shared with you and John. Like the driveway parties, our vacation to St Louis, our cruise to the Caribbean, our evenings out for dinner, sharing a pizza together just to visit, sharing weddings of our children together, hovering in your basement during tornado warnings, borrowing tools and lending a helping hand whenever asked. We will miss John’s laughter and his always welcoming smile. Rest In Peace, John and suffer no more.

From LuAnn Wilcox...

Melinda, Adrianne and family,

I am so very very sorry about John’s passing. He was very dear to me, Tom and the Wilcox family. When John was working at Round Corner he so often would come into the pharmacy when it was busy and everyone was stressed and with a couple of sentences would lighten everyones mood and have us all chuckling at something he said or did. He made so many days better with just his presence and lightheartedness. He was great with customers. We would often hear how he had been kind and went the extra mile to deliver medications to the homes of our customers.

One time John loaned Tom a Santana DVD and I bet he and I watched that 50 times. We had to buy our own copy! Many times when someone would come to the house Tom would disappear and come back with the Santana DVD and start playing it for them. He wouldn’t ask them if they wanted to watch it……they were GOING to watch it. Haha!

John was famous for his driveway parties! He loved to get everyone dancing complete with a live band, food, drink and loads of fun. I want to remember him trying to hustle everyone onto the driveway dance floor!

Tom and John both battled Parkinson’s. Their friendship started while working together at Round Corner Drug Store and it continued as they would share their Parkinson’s journey with each other. They were both extremely valiant with their health battles. Neither one of them allowed it to rob them of their fun or good humor. I admired, loved and respected them both greatly for how they lived so bravely with such challenges.

Dance like crazy in heaven John and Tom! You have earned it!

You have been loved deeply and will never be forgotten.

LuAnn

From Eldon and Betty Roecker...

Melinda and family. We want to send our condolences to you and your family. So sorry for your loss. . Eldon and John worked together in large die cut.

From Cindy Spreer...

Melinda and family I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He left you memories to treasure forever. Hugs Cindy

From Pam Carter...

Melinda, been thinking of you so often. You have so much stress in the last month. Please take care of yourself. Your health and spirit is important. I will visit you later on. Love Pam

From Bobbie & Jolene Brown...

So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Prayers for his family. I’m so sorry Dionne about your dad. He was a great man.

From Serena Anderson...

Melinda my thoughts and prayers to you and all family, I always enjoyed seeing John at family occasions – peace be with all of you

From Roxanne Van Meter...

From Roxanne Van Meter, to Melinda, so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

From Lydia...

Melinda, Rick, Dionne., Chris, Yvette and Adrianne-Your California family sends love and prayers for your healing. John was always kind and loving toward us all-He will be missed. We will treasure the memories of our visits in California and Kansas. Much love to you all❤️ Lydia, Nina, Alex, Matt and Evan

From Debbie & David Evans...

Melinda and family…Our thoughts and prayers are with you. John was one of the first people I worked with at Hallmark.

From Jim Garcia and Family...

Melinda and family. We are sorry to hear of your loss, John was a great guy and will be missed. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and the family

From Orville and Mary Jane Church...

Melinda, we are so sorry to hear about John. He was a great guy. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

From Ryan Morrissey...

Melinda-
Im so sorry for your loss. John was such a wonderful man. He was always so kind and helpful to me when I moved into the neighborhood. John and I shared a laugh and smiles in every setting. He was truly a good soul. Having lost my father last year to the same awful disease, I understand too well all the different feelings you must have right now. Please contact me, for anything, in the future. Take solace in the love of your family and friends and take the time you need for yourself. God bless you and Adrianne during these difficult days.

From Madge Blackburn...

Melinda
So sorry to read this about John.
I always enjoyed working with him
at Hallmark.

From John Rodecap...

My heart breaks. I truly loved that man. I miss so much the times we shared, our “group trips” to KC, eating at Manny’s, the little get togethers at the house, the big parties. My prayers to you Melinda and family, we all lost a helluva guy.

From Delores Elm...

Saddened to hear of Johns passing. I am so sorry Melinda and family for your loss. Always enjoyed working with John.

From Tracy Dethloff...

Sorry for your loss Melinda. John was a great guy.

From Traci Fullerton (Barnard)...

To all of John’s family, we are devastated by this news. Sending thoughts of love, strength and the gift of joys in the shared memories you have together. As a kid I always felt like I was part of the family when we were kids

From Frank Molby...

Melinda and family.
I am so sorry to hear about John. It truly saddens me to hear of his passing. We were the best of friends back in our younger years. We shared a lot of experiences back then. John will be sadly missed and long remembered for the great guy that he was. Prayers and condolences to you and your family.
Frank and Sharon

From Lynn Metzger...

Susan and I very sorry to hear about John. Always a gentleman and easy to get along with at Hallmark. I knew John way back when we were both East Lawrence kids on bicycles. Hate to lose old friends. Condolences to Melinda and family.

From Kathe Benschoter Clark...

Melinda, Adrianne and family so sorry to hear this. Fond memories of John at Hallmark… always had a smile or a story. Thoughts and prayers to all.

From Mary Higgins...

Melinda and family. I am so sorry for the loss of John. He was a great guy and I enjoyed being his friend. RIP John…

Please Share Your Message & Condolences

*All fields are required. Your email address will not be published.