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Richard Dean Dunkin

Richard Dean Dunkin, 61, West Plains, Missouri, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, after a long battle with health conditions.


Rick was born on February 20, 1960 at Howell Memorial Hospital. His parents were Vernon and Mary Dunkin. He attended West Plains Public Schools and was a dedicated employee at MFA/Joy Dog Food.   A lifelong resident of Howell County, Rick loved all things outdoor: hunting, fishing, camping, floating, and gardening. He enjoyed listening to music, playing his guitar, a good game of cards, and was a secret lover of pets.   Rick loved his kids and his grandkids. He worked hard, played hard, supported their activities and took pride in their important moments. He also had the best “papa dance” ever.  Rick will be missed by many.


He is preceded in death by his grandparents, father Vernon Dunkin and stepfather Nolan Johnson.


He is survived by his mother, Mary Dunkin Johnson; three children, Michael Dunkin, Misty McCrackin and husband, James, and Dusty Simmons and husband, Jim; three grandchildren, Logan Simmons, Jacob and Megan McCrackin; two great- grandchildren; one brother, David Dunkin and wife, Becky; two nieces, Courtney Judd and husband, Brian and Lindsey Hughes and husband, Allan; and several great-nieces and great-nephew.  All of West Plains Missouri.


A private ceremony will be held according to his wishes. A celebration of life is being planned.


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