John Gunn, Des Moines Insurance Man, Is Dead
Funeral services for John A. Gunn, 80, prominent insurance executive who died Sunday after an illness of nearly a year, will be held here Tuesday.
Gunn was president of the Employers Mutual Casualty company, Des Moines, which he helped establish, and was a director of the Central National Bank and Trust company./p>
He also served as president of the Iowa Manufacturers association in 1911. Born in Canada, he came to Des Moines in 1895 after working as an insurance salesman at Council Bluffs.
His widow, two daughters, two sons, two sisters and a brother, Robert M. Gunn, Buckingham, Ia., survive.
Cedar Rapids Gazette, November 24, 1941.
John A. Gunn Passes
Away at Des Moines
John A. Gunn, 80 years of age, passed away at his home in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, November 22, following an illness of several months duration.
He was a native of Canada, migrating to Iowa when 8 years old.
Deceased was a pioneer resident of Lexington and will be remembered by all the old timers. He located here in 1884, entering the implement business on the site now occupied by the Egenberger produce station. He was very prominent in the business, political, and social activites of the city, being elected to the Mayorship in 1902. He also served as councilman for several terms.
After leaving here he located in Iowa, where he founded the Employers’ Mutual Casualty Insurance Co., of Des Moines, acting as president of the organization from its inception up until the time of his death. He was a director of the Central National Bank and had been a director of the Chamber of Commerce and the Iowa State Traveling Men’s association. He was a member of the Shriners, Scottish Rite Masons, and the Des Moines and Kiwanis Clubs.
Funeral services were held in Des Moines, on Tuesday, November 25th, and interment was made at that place. Marion Menke, of Lexington, a nephey of the deceased, attended the services.
His wife and four children survive.
The Lexington Clipper, 52(15) Thursday, November 27, 1941.
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