John R. Watkins, 67, died at 1 a.m. on April 26, at his home in Monroe City. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.
John was born December 9, 1953 in Hannibal to Woodrow D. and Marilyn R. Watkins.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time of service, Friday, April 30 at Garner Funeral Home. Officiate is Rev. Steve Barker.
John worked as a tool and die maker for over 40 years. He retired from Spartan Light Metal Products in Hannibal.
John was an avid hunter and fisherman with a love for the outdoors and wildlife. He enjoyed fishing on the Mississippi River and Mark Twain Lake. More than anything, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and family.
The deceased is survived by daughter LeAnn Vance (Jordan Shuck) and stepson Jerry Vance; Grandchildren: Emmy Griesbaum, Trinity Griesbaum, Sylee Vance and Bentley Shuck.
Siblings: Don (Candy) Watkins of Omaha, NE; Connie (Bill) Deering of Quincy, IL; Woodrow D. (Terry) Watkins, Jr. of Hannibal; Richard (Lisa) Watkins of Council Bluffs, IA; Karen Rawert of Lee’s Summit; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends including Sandy Decker.
Preceding in death are his parents, Dawn Vance, Candy Vance and Brother-in-law Mark H. Rawert, Sr.
Memorials have been suggested to donor’s choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garner Funeral and Chapel, Monroe City. Online condolences can be made to garnerfuneralchapel.com.