John grew up in Sturgis, Kentucky. He was drafted into the Army in 1946. He later moved to Farmersville, California, where he met Butch Cochran. John and Butch were married on November 26, 1947, and together they had three daughters, Judy, Anita, and Karen.
John served in the Army and Air Force where he worked as a transporter, fireman, military policeman, cook, and deckhand with the Federal Barge Line. Before his honorable discharge from the service in 1949, he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal.
In the 1950s, John and Butch moved to Vallejo, California, where he was an active member of the Teamsters. He then worked as a truck driver for Delta and Dupont. He also worked as a cement mixer for many years.
In May 1990, John and Butch moved to Mountain Grove, where they lived happily surrounded by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren until their passing.
John will always stay with his loved ones through the lessons he taught them: about a strong work ethic, to always try, love and laughter, family strength, generosity, trust, and honesty. But the saying that was most important to him was, “The one thing a person can’t take away from you is your word.”
John was preceded in death by his mother, Mabel Dupree; one brother, Harry Dupree; and his wife, Butch
He is survived by his daughters, Judy Dodson and husband Don of Crown Point, Indiana, Anita Waara and
fiancé Mike Warner of Mountain Grove, and Karen Kayser and husband Dave of Fordland, Missouri; his grandchildren, Shannon and Joe Russo of Springfield, Missouri, Tracy and James Dodd of Cabool, Missouri, Jennifer Dailey of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Jessica and Aaron Fry of Mountain Grove, and Haylee Waara of Mountain Grove; his great-grandchildren, PV2 Brett Tomboc of Fort Lewis, Washington,
Kristen Tomboc and Scott Dangler, of Mountain Grove, Emily and Samuel Dodd of Cabool, and James, Christopher, Hunter, and Zachary Fry of Mountain Grove; his great-great-grandchildren, Orin Dangler of Mountain Grove and Elijah Stepp of Springfield; his sisters, Elsie Dailey of Visalia, California, and Anna Smith of Utah; his brothers, Ellis Dupree of Kansas, Bill Dupree of Texas, and Ron Dupree of Oregon; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. in Hillcrest Cemetery with Jeff Warra officiating. Recorded song selections were “Near You,” “Amazing Grace,” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Pallbearers were James Dodd, Aaron Fry, Scott Dangler, Dave Kayser, Mike Warner, Jeff Warra, Willie Williams and PV2 Brett Tomboc. Full military honors were given at the cemetery by American Legion Post 30, Lima Burial Detail Team with Jared Moore serving as bugler. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.