Robert Ira ‘Bob’ Dunn
Dec. 28, 1918 - May 28, 2006
Robert Ira "Bob" Dunn, 87, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2006, at Rowley Memorial Masonic Home in Perry, Iowa, due to natural causes. Born on Dec. 28, 1918, in White Creek, he was the second child of eight from Ira and Nina Dunn.
His parents later moved to Waukesha, where he graduated from high school in 1937. A serviceman of the U.S. Army-Air Force during World War II, he was restricted to duty in this country due to his birthmark. While stationed here, he served at Convalescent Center, helping men recuperate from their injuries and teaching them crafts to aid in their recovery.
For 40 years, he devoted his time to Boy Scout Troop No. 2, where he taught hundreds of boys the values of scouting. Bob was a member of numerous organizations, including the Masons. He retired from Waukesha Engine after about 30 years of service, later volunteering for 15 years at Waukesha South High School as the equipment carekeeper and recordkeeper for various sporting events. During the same time period, he officiated at numerous track and cross country meets, including Central Wisconsin High School conference meets, Wisconsin Special Olympics and the Badger State Games. He "fully" retired at age 80.
Working as a counselor at the "Y" summer camp in 1940, he met Anne Newton, whom he married Dec. 24 of that year, and their union brought forth two daughters. Most of their retirement years were spent traveling around the United States, Canada and Mexico, visiting with friends, their daughters and their families.
In 2002, Bob moved to Perry to be closer to his immediate family and was living in an independent apartment at the Rowley Masonic Home at the time of his death.
Surviving are his daughters, Nancy Moebius of Houston and Barbara (Don) Steward of Clive, Iowa. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Cappi (Scott) McNeill and Kelly Pillow of Houston, Ryan (Sharon) Lemke of Fort Lewis, Wash., Scott (Krista) Pitsch of Kenai, Alaska, Lori Evans of Urbandale, Iowa, and Marcus Evans of West Des Moines, Iowa; his stepgrandsons, Jeff (Elaine) Stewart and Pat (Angie) Stewart, both of Altoona, Iowa; his 14 great-grandchildren; his former son-in-law, Barry Pitsch of Urbandale; and his siblings, Paul (Florence) Dunn of Watertown, Ben (Irene) Dunn of Anaheim, Calif., Harriet (Claude) Arnold of Waukesha, Doris (Alan) Portz of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Tom (Anna) Dunn of San Jose, Calif. Numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews also survive.
Preceding him in death are his wife of 50 years; his parents; his infant sister, Edit Dunn; and his older brother, Glenn Dunn.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Monday, June 5, at First United Methodist Church, 121 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha. A private internment will be held at a later date in Highland Memorial Gardens, New Berlin.
Carson Funeral Home, (515) 275-2702, is serving the family.