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John Christopher Dunker

John Christopher Dunker, 50, of Easton, passed away in Crane Creek Township at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017. He was born July 10, 1967, in Springfield, IL, to John and Bonnie (Brooks) Dunker. He married Laura Dosher on October 27, 1990 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Havana. Mr. Dunker is survived by his wife, Laura, of Easton; parents, John and Bonnie Dunker of Mason City; daughter, Samantha (Ryan) Burks, of Delavan; son, Jeff Dunker of Easton; sister, Millie (Chris) Rose of St. Joseph, IL; brother, Steve Dunker of Springfield, as well as six nieces and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Mr. Dunker was a member of Greenview Lodge #653. He had served as a volunteer firefighter for Easton Fire Department for several years. He loved to hunt, fish and spend time outdoors. He received a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and later a Master’s Degree from Western Illinois University. He was a teacher in the Havana School District for the last twenty-seven years. Most recently, he had served as Principal at New Central School, beginning in 2008. A service will be held at Havana High School on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Visitation will follow the service from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to New Central PTO or a college education fund to assist his son, Jeff. Online memorial messages may be left for the family at Hurley Funeral Home in Havana is in charge of arrangements.


  1. Jonathan Riley on November 22, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I Started My Havana School Education When I Was In The Sixth Grade When I First Came To The City Of Havana,Illinois. I’m Sure Glad I Was Given A Teacher Like Mr. Dunker, I Was Also Special Educated, & Had My Regular Division Classes With Him. It Seemed Like Once Or Twice A Week, If All Of Student’s Had All Of Our Work Up To Date, & We Had A Free Day, The Next Day So That Everyone Knew Ahead Of Time, We’d Have A Class Party / Social Together, & Watch Movies Together, & Sometimes Mike Schroeder’s Class Would Join Us. I Remember Once All of Us In His Class Made A Pinata Together, & Once We All Got Done, It Looked Like One Big Hershey Kiss. My Original Name Is Jonathan David, & He Gave Me The Nickname “JED”, Then From Then Until High School Graduation Everyone Called Me “JED”, You Couldn’t Ask For A Better Teacher. This Will Bring Back A Lot Of Memories, & More To Come.

  2. Jonathan Riley on November 22, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    I Know Mr. Dunker Will Be Well Remembered Throughout Havana Community Unit School District 126, & Throughout The Great Town Of Havana, I Sure After 14 Years After High School Graduation Like To See What The Great Town Of Has To Offer Us, After Being Gone For So Many Years.

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