John W. Dehner, 76, Brookville


John W. Dehner, age 76, of Brookville, Indiana died Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at his residence, surrounded by his family.

Born October 27, 1943, in Metamora, Indiana he was one of three children born to the late John George & Emma Elizabeth “Betty” (VanMeter) Dehner.   On August 19, 1967 he was united in marriage to the former Laura E. Grimes, and she survives.  He lived his entire life around the Metamora and Brookville area.

John was retired from the former Wayne Works in Richmond, Indiana where he worked for 26 years, he then worked for Paul Bartel where he helped restore log homes and barns.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, where he was a radio operator.

Besides Laura, his wife of nearly 53 years, survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, John M. (Tracy Ann) Dehner of Metamora, Indiana, a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa (Bob) Ries of Bright, Indiana; a sister & brother-in-law, Mary & Charles Nolty of Metamora, Indiana; 8 Grandchildren, Kylie, Emalee, Hannah, Jaylin, Tyler, Maddison, Robb & Hunter; one great-granddaughter, Meredith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Shoemaker.

Services will be private and burial with full military honors by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion will take place in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Margaret Mary. The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Dehner family, everyone is encouraged to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences to the family via .