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Dunlap, Donald

d. August 25, 2011

Donald Eugene Dunlap age 77 of Athens, passed away on August 24, 2011 at Lincoln Christian Village in Lincoln, IL. He was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and COPD last October.

He is survived by his wife Jane; son Keith (Val) Dunlap of Springfield; daughter Melinda Dunlap of Baltimore, MD; step-sons, Kevin (Sue) Heller of Acworth, GA, Dr. Kurt (Cara) Heller of Jacksonville; step-daughter Kristi (Richard) Ganschow of Pekin; grandchildren, Anna (Tom) Keck, Katie Dunlap, Todd (Jessi) Heller, Kelsey and Scott Heller, Jessica (Brett) Kinkead, Cody Oltman; great-grandchildren, Emma and Sara Keck, Laila and Abbey Kinkead; sister Carol (Perry) Courtney.

Don was born October 17, 1933 in East St. Louis, IL, the son of John and Eathel Ramey Dunlap. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Don married Jane Heller on October 6, 1984 in Springfield, IL. He worked for the IRS for 29 years. Don served in the US Army during the Korean War. He belonged to the VFW post #5302, the Athens Christian Church Men’s Club and the Athens Christian Church.

Besides his love for his wife and children, Don had a passion for old cars. He has requested as many as possible to drive in his funeral procession. Don was a patient, kind and caring person. He never complained about things and was always considerate of others. He liked trivia, the Cardinals, and loved his Lord. He will be greatly missed but is rejoicing with his Heavenly Father.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 AM with services at 10 AM on Tuesday August 30, 2011 at the Athens Christian Church. Burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. Rev. Ken Gennicks officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association

Condolences

  1. Don was a great person to work with. I only had a few years, but have very found memories. He will be greatly missed by his friends and coworkers at Treasury. My deepest sympathy to his wife and family.

  2. We are very sorry to hear that Don passed on – please accept our condolences.

  3. Jane,

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

    Love, Linda

  4. TO MY DARLING HUSBAND – I WILL ALWAYS LOVE AND MISS YOU-BUT AM HAPPY THAT NOW YOU ARE WITH OUR LORD. NO MORE STRUGGLING FOR BREATH-I WILL BE PRAYING FOR US WHO REMAIN-AND WILL ALWAYS THANK OUR LORD THAT YOU ARE NOW HOME WITH HIM – I LOVE YOU.

  5. Dear Jane and family, I was so sorry to read in the morning paper about the passing of Don. From what I read he had been ill but, even so, we are never ready to give them up. I know your children and grandchildren will be of great comfort to you. Would love to be able to see you again. We surely had many good times together–and good food, too. Please accept my sympathy, Shirley Husa

  6. So sorry for your loss. Sure will miss Don. Had quite a few good drives with him at Toyota and Dodge. Charlie

  7. Jane,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. My memories of Don go way back to our IRS days. He was always helpful to me since I was a new employee and he had been around forever! I remember his great sense of humor.

    May you find a measure of God’s peace in the midst of your grief.

    Take care, Becky Ingram Sullivan, IL

  8. We are so sorry for your loss. Don was a good friend. Ken & Lonnie Dosenbach

  9. Jane and family: I was so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I worked with him for many years and always felt that he was fair and honest in his dealings. He had a great sense of humor and cared for his co-workers. I am keeping Don and your family in my thoughts and prayers as you deal with this loss.

    Barbara Needham

  10. Dear Jane and Family, It is with a sad heart that I extend my deepest sympathy to all of you. I worked with Don for over 25 years. He was a very special person and had a great sense of humor. He will be missed by many, but none more than you. I am the Service Officer with the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association. Jane, if you have any questions about applying for federal benefits, please call me. I would be happy to help. That is one of the services NARFE provides whether Don was a member or not. I can be reached at (217) 789-0373. Please feel free to call me with any questions. I will help in any way I can.

    Sincerely, Sue Warner

  11. Jane and Family, I worked with Don and served as a union steward when he was the president of NTEU. He was an expert guide through many challenging issues and experiences. His great wit and sense of humor helped us through difficult days.

    Sincerely, Pam McNichols


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