John Keysar Winn

June 18, 1945October 3, 2020
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John Keysar Winn, 75, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2020. John was born in Windsor, Vermont on June 18, 1945 to Edward (Ed) and Janice (Necie) Winn. He was raised in Vermont until 1957 when the family decided to move West to Phoenix, Arizona. John attended Mountain View Elementary and then Maryland Elementary School. He attended Washington High School and graduated in 1963. He broke his leg playing football freshman year and then he became interested in the sport of wrestling. He wrestled all 4 years of high school and was a great asset to the team. John went to Phoenix College on a wrestling scholarship. After 1 year of college, he decided that college was not for him and he began working in a foundry. In January 1967, he was drafted and went into the Army. He served in the Vietnam War as a paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He was "Honorably" discharged in December 1968. He returned to Phoenix and began building pole buildings. Soon after, he began working for his father-in-law at R.E. "Danny" Daniels Contracting Company as a heavy equipment operator. In 1980, at 35 years old, he began his career as a FireFighter with the City of Phoenix. He was older than many of his fellow firefighters and they nicknamed him, "The Old Man". He retired in June 2004 after 24 years of service. John loved the great state of Arizona and all it had to offer. He knew so much about Arizona and would share with anyone who was interested. He loved to explore, backpack, hike, rock-climb, repel and go four-wheeling. In his younger years, he loved to hang-glide and parachute. He also had a passion for crossword puzzles, trivia, and playing cribbage. John was a great friend to many and he will be missed by all of those who had the pleasure of knowing him. John is survived by his children, Scott Fincanon, Aimee Veros and Travis Winn (Lisa Hirsch). His grandchildren, Derick Fluellen (Ashley), Lacey, Joshua and Emily Veros. His sister, Jenny Taylor (Mark), as well as many loved family members and friends. Visitation 6:00-8:00 pm, Friday, October 23, 2020 and Service 10:00 am, Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Shadow Mountain Mortuary. 2350 E. Greenway Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85022 Procession to graveside service immediately following at Holy Cross Cemetery. 99th Avenue and Thomas Road. Arrangements entrusted to Shadow Mountain Mortuary.


  • Joshua Veros, Pallbearer
  • Derick Fluellen, Pallbearer
  • Travis Winn, Pallbearer
  • Scott Fincanon, Pallbearer
  • Ed Campbell, Pallbearer
  • Terry Winn, Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Friday, October 23, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 24, 2020


John Keysar Winn

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kay Daniesl stout

October 23, 2020

Many years together and many years apart, but you will always remain in my heart. We shared our most treasured possessions and because of that you always remained in my life. I know that you are with our Beloved Blue now and I am sure he welcomed you with open arms and his beautiful smile. Rest in Peace, without any ills or pain and no worries.

Marie Beamer

October 16, 2020

I adored my Uncle John. He was not only my uncle but one of my best friends. I loved hiking with him and talking to him. I especially loved his giggle. I'll never forget an evening I went down to Phoenix and he had made dinner for me and had the table all set up with lights in the backyard. It made me feel so loved. I am so grateful to have had him for an uncle. Bless you Winn family. I love you all.

Erin Hounsell Chubb

October 15, 2020

John was a true gem. His kindness and sense of humor will be missed. Hugs to all who loved him.

Paul & Aletha Harrington

October 15, 2020

We will miss John's knowledge, humor, laughter, kindness, and awesome chili! He showed us the highlights of Arizona and found the perfect resting place for my Aunt. He made a big mark in this world and will be greatly missed. Sending big hugs to all family and friends.

Christy BeamerSmith

October 15, 2020

I have many great memories of Uncle John, but playing cribbage is my favorite. When I was younger, my mom and I would stay at his house on weekends when we traveled to Phoenix. He taught me how to play cribbage and we’d sit at his kitchen table for hours playing game after game. I liked playing because I always won, but now looking back, I think he let me win. I love you so much, Uncle John, you are already greatly missed.

Jeff Peabody

October 11, 2020

I have great memories with John, I will never forget your laugh and especially your humor. The night you came to the station, on your day off and in disguised for a blood pressure. Lou and I had no idea it was you and then you wanted to wrestle Lou and grab him. Catching us both by surprise and not knowing it was you until the wig came off. Good one John!! You got us good. Have a great time, you deserved it.

Terry Winn

October 10, 2020

One of my all time favorite people that I have ever know. Kind, great humor, always helpful, giving, sincere, trustworthy, generous, thoughtful, generous and just a great man. I will miss him dearly. Scott, Amy and Travis; I am so saddened for your lose. I have never know anyone that ever had a cross word to say about him. God bless you all.

Barbara Williams Winn

October 10, 2020

I was shocked and so sad to learn about John. I knew him for almost 25 years. He was a kind man, and told very interesting stories. I will miss him. My condolences to the family. RIP dear friend. ❤

Dwayne and Cozetta Ketchens

October 8, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to the Winn family, John will be missed. Rest in Peace John. Attached is a picture of me and you John! Fun times. Cozetta

Judy Stolldorf (Milliken)

October 7, 2020

Rest in peace John. You will be greatly missed.


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