JAN KIRK AUTREY

May 28, 2024

JAN KIRK AUTREY

JAN KIRK AUTREY – of Stoneham, died peacefully, May 28th, with his family by his side at the age of sixty-five. Beloved husband of Karen M. (Dunn) Autrey. Loving father of Jennifer Carter, her husband Charles of Virginia and Jason Autrey, his wife Megan of New Hampshire. Adored grandfather of Charles III and Zion Carter and Ziggy Autrey. Dear brother of the late Diana Montgomery. Cherished son-in-law of John Dunn, his late wife Jeanne and brother-in-law of Steven Dunn, his wife Liz both of Maine. Jan is also survived by his dear friends Sylvia and Donny Bly of New Hampshire. Arrangements are private and are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801. Donations may be made in Jan’s memory to the: United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

JAN KIRK AUTREY – of Stoneham, died peacefully, May 28th, with his family by his side at the age of sixty-five. He was the beloved husband of Karen M. (Dunn) Autrey. 

Born on March 10, 1959 in Spruce Pine, NC, Jan was a son of the late Daniel Lee Autrey and Margaret Launa Autrey. He graduated from A.C. Reynolds High School in Ashville, NC in 1977. Jan attended Montreat College in Montreat, NC where he also taught sign language courses and participated in the arts. 

Jan was a giant of a human being with a huge heart for the Deaf- and interpreting communities. He became an interpreter for the deaf in various settings including televised crusades for Billy Graham, children’s television programs and grew fond of working with and advocating for the deaf and the deaf/blind community in North Carolina. 

Jan met his wife Karen while interpreting at a deaf/blind conference at Perkin’s School for the Blind in Watertown, MA. They fell in love and married in October of 1981, and made their home in Woburn.

Faith was important to him and he was heavily involved in the Church and different Men’s groups throughout his life. He was a devoted father and loved his children dearly and was involved in every part of their lives as they grew up from sports games to boys/girl scouts among several other activities. 

He enjoyed the outdoors and loved spending time in the mountains, whether it be hiking and camping in the White Mountains in NH or spending time back home in the Smoky Mountains of NC.

He will deeply missed but never forgotten by the ones he loved most. 

In addition to his wife Karen, Jan is survived by his children, Jennifer Carter, her husband Charles of Virginia and Jason Autrey, his wife Megan of New Hampshire. Adored grandfather of Charles III and Zion Carter and Ziggy Autrey. Dear brother of the late Diana Montgomery. Cherished son-in-law of John Dunn, his late wife Jeanne and brother-in-law of Steven Dunn, his wife Liz both of Maine. Jan is also survived by his dear friends Sylvia and Donnie Bly of New Hampshire and nieces and nephews, Dawn Montgomery, Matthew Dunn and Catie Dunn

Arrangements are private and are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801. Donations may be made in Jan’s memory to the: United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

Arrangements are private and are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801. Donations may be made in Jan’s memory to the: United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

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  1. Myra Shaffer Craig

    Sending much love to you all in your time of grief. Jan and I always had so many laughs together when he visited Virginia or when we visited North Carolina.

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