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.