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John is survived by his wife Pat (Helton), sons, Austin and Jansen and grandson Jaiden, daughter Brittany Neff and husband Brad of Kirksville, MO and son Jonathan Dovin of St. Louis, MO, grandchildren, Body Neff and Bristol Neff, his mother Bea Dovin of Rolla, MO; sisters Vicki Kijewski and Lynda Green of Iowa City, IA, Bea (Damian) Schulte of Greentop, MO, Ruth (Paul) Lunsford of Des Moines, IA and Lara (Mark) Wood of Des Moines, IA; brothers Damian (Karina) Dovin of Ostego, MI, Dimitri (Bobbi) Dovin of Vichy, MO, David (Tina) Dovin of Shelbina, MO and Daniel (Jody) Dovin of Shelbina, MO, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, John J. Dovin; brother, Julio Dovin, sisters, Irma and Nel Nicole Dovin, niece Holly Lucas and great-nephew, Damian Michael Schulte.
John was born on March 15, 1962 in Shelton, Washington. He graduated from Knox County High School in Edina, Missouri, with the Class of 1980. John pursued a career as a mechanic and graduated from Phoenix Institute of Technology in 1984. Early in his career John worked for Thomas Motors of Moberly, MO and for the past 21 years he had worked for Wal-Mart in Kirksville, Missouri. John could always be found in a shop under, in, or around a motor as he never lost his love of mechanics.
John loved life and people. His love of family was only surpassed by his love of God. John was a member of Kirksville First Baptist church where he felt comforted and supported in his dreams. On a typical day John’s lunch time was blessed with the kids and Pat’s day care which he loved dearly. On a typical evening, John could be heard and seen cheering on his family’s sports teams.
A funeral service was held in Rochester, MN on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the St. Mary’s Hospital Campus Chapel with Pastor Charles Hunsaker officiating.
A visitation was held at Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville, MO, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 with interment following at Park View Memorial Gardens in Kirksville.
In lieu of flowers, due to John’s son Jansen Dovin’s medical condition restrictions, memorials are preferred to be made to the Dovin Family or to the First Baptist Church of Kirksville.
Macken Funeral Home of Rochester, MN and Travis-Noe Funeral Home of Kirksville, MO are assisting the family with arrangements and online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com or to www.travis-noefuneralhome.com.