Ray Dunn

  • Born: August 19, 1938
  • Died: April 16, 2019
  • Location: Murray, Kentucky

J. H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S. 3rd Street
Murray, KY 42071

Tel. (270) 753-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ray L. Dunn, age 80 of Murray, Kentucky, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Mr. Dunn was born to the late Rudy Lilton Dunn and Louise Ray Dunn Grogan on August 19, 1938. He spent many years as an educator serving as a teacher and principal in the Lyon County School System and as the principal at Southwest Elementary school from 1979-1990. He also spent time working at Murray State University as Director of Regional Services and was the director of the Area Health Education Centers in Paducah, Kentucky for 10 years. He served on the board of the Purchase Area Development District and was an elder at the Glendale Road Church of Christ. He loved to work in his garden and for several years he spent his summers in a 3 acre "truck patch" growing corn and purple hull peas. He was genuinely interested in others and loved to hear about them. His primary love was his wife, kids and grandkids. In addition to his parents, Mr. Dunn was preceded in death by a sister, Martha McDonald Feltman, known as Kiki to her family, her husband, Harry Lang McDonald and his mother-in-law, Myra Moore Crabtree.
He is survived by his loving wife, Judith Gail Dunn, to whom he was married for 58 years. Also surviving are two daughters, Amanda Childress (Ron) of Fayetteville, Georgia, Emily VanCuren of Logansport, Indiana, and his son, Ray L. Dunn, Jr., also known as Raybo, (Maria) of Jackson, Tennessee. Surviving grandchildren are Ashley Childress and William Childress of Atlanta, Georgia, Caitlin Yates and her husband Philip of San Francisco, California, Andrea VanCuren and Halle VanCuren of Logansport, Indiana, Libby Nelson and husband Chandler of Cabot, Arkansas, Rachel VanCuren of Memphis, Tennessee, and Cooper and Olivia Dunn of Jackson, Tennessee.
His visitation will be held at JH Churchill Funeral Home on Saturday, April 20, 2019, from 11 am to 3:30 pm. The funeral service will be at the Glendale Road Church of Christ at 4pm. John Dale and Garry Evans will officiate. He will be laid to rest in the Green Plains Cemetery, close to his home on Tobacco Road.
Expressions of sympathy can take the form of a donation to the Green Plains Cemetery Fund at, 3911 Murray Paris Road, Hazel, Kentucky, 42049.
Online condolences can be left at, www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com
The J.H. Churchill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My condolences to Raybo and his family in the passing of their father. He was a very kindhearted man.

Posted by JoyceLyn Hardin - Hazel, KY - Friend   April 23, 2019

My condolences to Raybo and the family in the passing of their daddy.
Ray was a very fine and good man that I had the privilege of serving with on mission trips to Guyana and PADD
Raybo gave a wonderful tribute to his daddy yesterday at the memorial service
I loved Ray and will miss him

Posted by Kevin Mack - Benton, KY - Brother   April 21, 2019

We were sorry to hear of Ray's passing. We remember attending church with you at Eddyville Church of Christ. Ray was our children's principle at Lyon Co. We thought a lot of both of you. He was such a good man. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Bobby and Lanene Burchett - Eddyville, KY - Friend   April 20, 2019

I knew Ray Dunn during the 10 years he was the Director of the Purchase AHEC. I will always remember his stories and his smile. I learned early on no matter where the meeting was held, Ray would be early. He would be reading the newspaper. So I usually arrived a little early and we had many interesting conversations. They were always the best part of every meeting. I am very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Lucy Juett - Smiths Grove, KY - Coworker   April 20, 2019

Gail, I was so very sorry when I received the obituary at the paper. I loved working for him many years ago. He was a great boss. He came by the newspaper not long ago and I happened to see him again after so many years. I know he will be missed by all of you. I can't be there Saturday but wanted you to know how much I respected him and enjoyed working for him. Prayers for all the family.

Posted by Martha Andrus - Almo, KY - Friend   April 19, 2019

Dearest Gail, Raybo, Emily and Amanda:
We are so saddened to hear of Ray's passing. He was a delightful person that brought joy to so many lives. It was my deep pleasure to have a brief ten years to know you and share many lovely times. It is my and Randal's prayer that you will know peace and the undergirding support of the Holy Spirit during these days. Much love to you all.

Posted by Janet & Randal Pollock - Bardstown, KY - Friend   April 19, 2019


Our thoughts and prayers are with Ray's family and friends. His presence will be missed greatly by all who knew him. He was someone who truly cared about others and always showed that concern.
From his friends at Heartland Rehabilitation Services.

Posted by Heartland Rehabilitation Services - Murray, KY - Friend   April 19, 2019

Our hearts are heavy for the loss of a beloved husband, dad and grandad. I am sure you are missing Mr. Dunn so very much. I remember Mr. Dunn to have a loving and attentive presence each time I talked with him. That is how I imagine Jesus talking with us. We pray you the Spirit will give you a peace that transcends all understanding. May you call to mind God's great love and not feel consumed by grief. His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness. We love your precious family and send you all a hug and our prayers.

Posted by Aimee Touchstone - Nolensville, TN - Friend   April 18, 2019


Posted by Enoch - Friend   April 18, 2019

I am a childhood friend. He was and still is an Angel. I will be traveling on Saturday. He knows who I am.

Sandra Parks, Midway

Posted by Sandra Parks - Murray, KY - Friend   April 18, 2019

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