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December 08, 1926 June 23, 2023
December 08, 1926 -- June 23, 2023

John Elias Dunlavy, Age:96

John Elias Dunlavy, a longtime resident of Richardson, passed away at the age of 97 on Friday, June 23, 2023. He spent his last few months as a resident of Grace Town Residential Care Home in Allen, where he received good care. John, whose parents were Glee Anna (Romig) and William Henry Dunlavy, was born in Perryton, Texas on December 8, 1926.

Upon graduating from Perryton High School in 1944, John joined the Army and spent two and one-half years in the Philippines, which made him a veteran of WWII. After his military discharge, John attended Oklahoma University and then transferred to the University of Arkansas, where he graduated in 1950. He initially worked several years for Moore DeGrazier Company before joining Texas Instruments. His position with Texas Instruments led to interesting marketing and economic projects until his retirement after thirty-three years of service.


John married Virginia Warhol in Galveston, Texas on June 23, 1953. John was preceded in death by his wife by thirty days. The two had been married for seventy years. John was also preceded in death by his daughter Genna Glee "Gigi" Dunlavy McFarlane,

his sister Ava Dorothy Dunlavy Terhune, and his brothers Owen Lester Dunlavy, William Henry Dunlavy Jr. and James Alexander Dunlavy.

In John's leisure time, he enjoyed the lapidary crafts, which led him to become a gemologist (GIA, 1972). He enjoyed reading, gardening and visiting with friends and family. Dallas sports teams were followed with great interest.

John is survived by his sisters Carolyn Dunlavy Cummings of Richardson , Sue Dunlavy McIlveen of Houston, and a brother Bob Dunlavy of Pittsburgh, PA. He is also survived by his son-in-law Mike McFarlane of Chapala, Mexico, a granddaughter, Jennifer Tacca and a great-great granddaughter, Emmalene, both of Wylie. John also had many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews, who loved him dearly. He was an uncle and a great uncle, who supported his nieces and nephews throughout the years.


In lieu of flowers, please donate to Holy Savior Hospice, 1600 Airport Fwy Ste 503, Bedford, Texas 76022 in John's name