John Perry Estes

September 6, 1955September 7, 2019

On Saturday, September 7, 2019, John Perry Estes, loving father, grandfather, and husband, passed away at his home in Del City, Oklahoma at the age of 64 surrounded by family.

John entered this world on September 6, 1955, born at the U.S. Fairchild Air Force Base Hospital in Spokane, Washington. He was born to Mary Ellen and William “Bill” Ray Estes and was the youngest of 5 siblings. Shortly after John was born, the family moved to England where John grew up. The family moved back to Oklahoma in 1969 where John lived until his death.

John was married to Rebecca “Becky” Billings-Estes and they had one child, John Grayson Estes. John later married Patti Gunckel-Estes and received her daughter Summer Gunckel-Johnson into his family.

John worked at CompSource for 35 years before retiring in 2009 as an IT manager. John had the biggest heart for his family and all people, his dogs Hooch and Hannah, golf, sailing, music, and he was always the life of the party.

John was known by his family, friends, and doctors for his strength, resilience, positive attitude, and his kind and compassionate spirit. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the doctors and nurses of St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City and INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, and the nurses and personnel of Fresenius Kidney Care of Oklahoma City.

Additional family includes his sister Kris Johnston and husband Marc, brother Mickey Estes and wife Karen, brother Steve Estes, sister Julie Estes, his grandsons Payton and Braydon, and daughter-in-law Haylie Treas. John was preceded in death by his father, Bill Estes, grandparents Judge O.P. Estes and wife Francis, grandparents Webb L. Campbell and wife Vida, and life-long friends Jeff Childress and Mark Gunckel.

He is survived by his wife Patti, son Grayson, daughter Summer, mother Mary Ellen, brothers and sisters, aunts, nieces, nephews, life-long friend Steve Perkins and wife Laura, Steve Schardein, and numerous other family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019, at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City at 2:00 p.m., with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Oklahoma Blood Institute and LifeShare Oklahoma Foundation. For condolences, please visit


  • John Grayson Estes, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mickey Estes, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Steve Estes, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Payton Gunckel, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Braydon Johnson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jeff Johnston, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jereme Estes, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Steve Perkins, Honorary Pallbearer


20 September

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Saint Paul's Episcopal Cathedral

127 N.W. 7th St.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102


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Lisa Mackey

September 19, 2019

With my deepest condolences and much love to all of John's loved ones.

Kristine Johnston

September 19, 2019

Johnny, my baby brother (youngest of five), was the shinning star in our family. All the siblings would agree, without the slightest bit of jealousy, that he was the bestest! Whenever I came to OKC, I knew John's warmth and love and kind and happy spirit would be there to greet me. When we were together with the younger members of our family I liked to say "I used to change Johnnie's diapers"! On my last visit with John we took a little road trip to our cousin David's lake house. It was a wonderful day. My last conversation with him a week or so before his passing we talked almost an hour and he said he really wanted to come to Washington this fall to visit. John loved living and his life should inspire all of us to appreciate each day and always be kind and do our best.

Patricia Gann

September 11, 2019

There are no words to describe what Johnny meant to Steve and me. He was my forever son in law. He was a wonderful father to GRAYSON, his only son. He along with Becky raised their son to be the best. Johnny was into helping all those who were in need.
He went through such illness and pain in the last few years. He was definitely a warrior and fought to the very end.

We are so fortunate to have had him in our life but he is now pain free. He will be missed by so many.

Love you Johnny