John R. Carnes

  • Born: May 24, 1953
  • Died: March 2, 2018
  • Location: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Koepsell-Murray Funeral & Cremation Services, Beaver Dam

N7199 N. Crystal Lake Road
Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Tel. (920) 885-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Dad and Papa

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 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 8th 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 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

John was born on May 24, 1953, the son of Uel Fray and Inez (Brooks) Carnes in Red Bay, AL. He was a proud 1971 graduate of Red Bay High School in Alabama. On February 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 February 9th. 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, Brooklynn, Jonathan, Makenzi, Trinity and Paislee; his six sisters: Elois Crowder, AL, Barbara McDowell, MS, Carolyn Thorn, AL, Janie (Rick) Bjork, AL, Charolette (Oneal) Funderburk, MS and Brenda Purser, AL; 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), Linda (Jim) Muller, and special family friend; Johnson Hoang. 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


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jeneen, I was so sorry to read of your darling John's passing. I can still see his smile and hear his laugh. He was such a gentle man and I am sure he will be missed by so many. My condolences to you and your family.

Posted by Tina Swain - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   March 13, 2018

We wish to extend our condolences and let you know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. I have vivid memories, like it happened yesterday, of John - specifically your wedding, bringing your new babes to Lincoln, and John bringing your salads to PV during music class. May God give all of you peace and comfort.

Posted by Ken and Ann Lischka - Lowell, WI - Coworker   March 09, 2018

So very sorry to hear of John's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jeneen. John was always such a Joy to talk to, I will Miss him.

Posted by Breezy Smith - Madison, WI   March 08, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers go out to John's family. During the time that I taught his children at Jefferson School I found him to be a wonderful and concerned father; and I'm sure he was that way with his grandchildren, as well. While I know he'll be sorely missed by his wife and family, they can find solace in the fact that he's with his Savior in Heaven.

Posted by Phil Buteyn - Madison, WI - Family Friend   March 08, 2018

I am so sad for you, the family. to hear of Johnny's passing. Rejoicing for him because he has now moved to that forever home where his body in free from pain. You are in our prayers.

Posted by Paulette Humphres - Vina, AL - Family Friend   March 07, 2018

So glad we six friends spent such a lovely day together in June! Love you, Jeneen <3>

Posted by Julie Stickel - Bullhead City, AZ - Friend   March 06, 2018

I really enjoyed talking to him, as he took his granddaughter to 4k, and the excitement over the upcoming twins, then again seeing him at rechecks food pride, he was such a friendly man, he will be missed. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Shelley Braun - BEAVER DAM, WI - Friend   March 06, 2018

So sorry to hear of your loss.
You were all part of John's heart. And was so proud of all of you. Whenever he spoke of his family his eyes sparkled.
Praying for you as you walk through this hard time of grief.
May you feel the love of family and friends and know the warmth of being held in the arms of God.

Posted by Bev Smith - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   March 05, 2018

My prayers & condolences for the family!!!!

Posted by Dora Newell - Red Bay, AL - Family Friend   March 05, 2018

Grieving with the family, but rejoicing with John. Praying for all of you.

Posted by Debbie Pharr - Belmont, MS - Friend   March 05, 2018

So very sorry for your loss Jeanne & family. Thinking & praying for you all

Posted by Heather Chavez-Schepp    March 04, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Keeping you, Janeen and your family in my prayers.

Posted by Renee Popova - Tucson, AZ - Family   March 03, 2018

So sorry to hear of Johnny's death. Have many funny, happy memories of Johnny at Red Bay Elementary School in AL.

Posted by Cathy Williams Lindsey - Red Bay, AL - Friend   March 03, 2018

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So glad we six friends spent such a lovely day together in June! Love you, Jeneen <3