John F. Dunn
Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home
59 Spruce St.
Westerly, RI
Captain John F. Dunn, USMC (retired), 83, of Shore Road, Westerly, Rhode Island, died at home on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

John retired from the Marine Corps, then served as the State of Rhode Island's Director, U.S. Department of Labor for Veteran's Employment and Training. During his multiple tours of combat duty in Vietnam he earned the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars with Combat V, and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry, and the Purple Heart.

He leaves three children, Dr. Dorothy J. Dunn of Flagstaff, AZ, Timothy P. Dunn of East Providence, R.I., Amy J. Silvia of Acton, CA, he was predeceased by his son, Kevin M. Dunn of FL. John is also survived by two siblings, Margaret. M. Chapman of Bristol, R.I. and Michael Dunn of Lincoln, R.I.; four grandchildren, one great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by seven siblings.

Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. Burial with Full Military Honors will be conducted at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. Donations in John's memory can be sent to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Wakefield, 143 Main St., Wakefield, R.I. 02879.

Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Published by The Westerly Sun from Sep. 11 to Sep. 12, 2018.
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I am so sorry for your loss - I'll always remember the Dunn's Raiders reunions, Mr. Dunn and my Dad, Ray Taylor - what a crazy, wonderful bunch!

All the best to you and yours at this sad time,

Jen (Taylor) Wyatt
Jennifer Wyatt
November 13, 2018
Dear Dottie
I am truly lost for words (as your father laughs in heaven over that statement) and can't begin to express my condolences to you for your loss! You were the light of his life..He was so tremendously proud of you and your accomplishments. I am smiling now thinking of when he knew he was having a heart attack and flew to Florida to be with you. That was a combination of his wisdom and determination. And he made it.
Your Dad was not just a American Military Hero,he was my Hero. He was an Officer and a Gentleman. He instilled in me the lessons of life that I will take to my final Sunset! He was the epitome of Love thy Neighbor. I will cherish the memories of residing next to him for nine years at The Lion Gate. The nine most wonderful years of my life! Which of course, I thank the Lord for allowing me to have been honored to be the "Girl Next Door" to John F Dunn.
God Bless him and you my dear friend. Semper Fi
October 16, 2018
Our condolences to the state trooper family who lost a great one. He was very close to my Aunt Agnes Entwistle and family. I had the privilege of talking to John at one of our family functions. God bless
Joe Harris
October 10, 2018
I am sorry to read of the passing of your father. Please accept my condolences. May the passage at James 1:13 bring you peace, and may your memories bring you comfort.
September 14, 2018
I'll always remember all the many memories we created over the years. We did laugh and love.
Sandra Roy
September 14, 2018
Greg Conway
September 12, 2018
Thank you Captain Dunn for starting me down the right path. Rest in Peace, Semper Fi!
Bill Simons
September 12, 2018
September 12, 2018
Greg Conway
September 11, 2018
You were my recruiter, mentor, role model and the epitome of a United States Marine!I'll miss that dry, sharp sense of humor of yours, but most of all your friendship.Semper Fi Marine. Rest In've earned it!Miike Stergio
Mike Stergio
September 11, 2018
To the Dunn Family,
We are so sorry to read of your loss. We are John's neighbors and will miss seeing him with his beloved dog. He came to our rescue on more than one occasion with our own dogs. The ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors will be a lovely tribute for John. We will keep you in our prayers.
Dave, Elaine and Michael Rosenblum
Dave Rosenblum
September 11, 2018
I met John a few years ago at the garage where we all shared a love for cars. He was a real nice person who loved to laugh, funny thing was we never knew he was a war hero, something he never spoke of and the real ones never do. RIP

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