Merrill Dean Dunn, born October 10, 1938, in Jackson, Ohio to the late Melvin Foster Dunn and Thelma Violet (Scott) Dunn, left this world into the arms of his heavenly father, to whom he turned over his life in 1986. He passed away quietly at home on August 3, 2022, at the age of 83 surrounded by his loving family, including the love of his life, Janet Denney Dunn (still surviving), to whom he was married for 65 years.

Together, they raised their five children (all surviving): Michael Dunn (Deanna) of Washington Courthouse, Ohio, Madenia (Mark) Stafford of South Bloomfield, Ohio, Rhonda (Larry) Gabriel of Athens, Ohio, Deanna (Ken) Remines of Jackson Ohio, and Kimberly Hatten, of Jackson, Ohio. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his brothers: Ray “Sonny Dun,” William “Bill” Dunn, and Renaldo “Ronnie” Dunn; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-three great- grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by one grandchild, Jeri Nicole Manering; and two great-grandchildren: Javian Reece Manering and Brady James Stafford.

He was a man of humble beginnings who worked hard for everything he had, and he taught his children to do the same. He was also a jack-of-all-trades who was always quick to lend a helping hand to those needing assistance, whether family, neighbor or friend. What he lacked in education, he made up for in intelligence, hard work and dedication. He was a self-taught musician, playing guitar and singing most of his life, and studied on his own to earn his stationary engineer license which led to his life-long career. At times he worked two jobs to make ends meet in raising five children. He asked for little out of life, other than to provide for his family and live a good, honest life. He succeeded at both. By his example, he leaves a wife and children who dearly loved him and continue to love and support each other. Families cannot ask for more than this—to continue that legacy of life-long love and support. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. Only to God could we bear to let him go.

Graveside services and interment will be held on Monday, August 8, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Pattonsville Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to