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John Carnes

John R. Carnes, 64, of Beaver Dam passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, March 2, 2018, at the UW Hospital in Madison.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home, N7199 N. Crystal Lake Road, Beaver Dam with Pastor Ryan Foldhazi officiating. A visitation will be held prior from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

John was born on May 20, 1953, the son of Uel Fray and Inez (Brooks) Carnes in Red Bay, Alabama. He was a proud 1971 graduate of Red Bay High School in Alabama. On Feb. 25, 1989, he was united in marriage to Jeneen Banker in Beaver Dam.

John was very kind, personable and enjoyed meeting and making friends wherever he went. He was passionate and very talented in his career in floral and interior design. While employed in the floral industry, John served as president of the Wisconsin TeleFlora Board. He was an active and faithful member of Focus Church in Sun Prairie. John was very blessed to have been able to go on the K-Love Cruise in January with his wife, Jeneen, to celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary. He also treasured his opportunity to meet, hold and love his newest granddaughter, Paislee, who was born Feb. 9. John, “Papa,” spent every moment he could with his little Jaycey, who was the light of his world and the reason he stayed strong for so long.

John will be deeply missed and is survived by his wife, Jeneen of Beaver Dam; his son, Jonathan Carnes (Amanda Clarke); his daughter, Bethany Carnes of Grafton; his grandchildren: Jaycey, Blake, Brooklyn, Jonathan, Makenzi, Trinity and Paislee; his six sisters: Elois Crowder of Alabama, Barbara McDowell of Mississippi, Carolyn Thorn of Alabama, Janie (Rick) Bjork of Alabama, Charolette (Oneal) Funderburk of Mississippi and Brenda Purser of Alabama; his father and mother-in-law, Carroll and Margaret Banker; brothers-in-law: Terry, Steve, Mark and Matthew Banker; sisters-in-law Dawn Welte (Paul Gray) and Linda (Jim) Muller. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Euel Carnes; brothers-in-law, Billy Ray McDowell and Ray Crowder; sister-in-law, Linda Pat Banker and niece Heather Porter.

The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at