The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


October 15, 2012

Kenneth L. Dunbar

DANVILLE — Kenneth L. Dunbar, 72, of Danville, went to be with the Lord at 7:49 a.m. Oct. 13, 2012.

Kenneth was born Nov. 19, 1939, in Danville, to Harold and Harriett (Nolin) Dunbar. He married Bonnie McMasters on March 18, 1978, in Westville.

Kenneth was a fisherman who made his living as a carpenter.

He leaves behind his wife, Bonnie; sons, Kenneth (Julie) Dunbar of Oakwood, Harold (Stacy) Dunbar of Elmhurst, Daniel (Julie) Dunbar of St. Louis, Mo., Joseph W. (Kimberly) Dunbar of Tilton, Donald (Nicole) McMasters of Westville; daughter, Deanna (Tye) Auter of Westville; one brother, Byron “Joe” (Debbie) Dunbar of Danville; one sister, Carol (Robert) Rose of Bloomington; grandchildren, Valerie Jo (Brian) Adkins, PFC Aaron C. Dunbar, Kelly Elle Dunbar, Jillian Lee Dunbar, Marc Anthony Dunbar, Bryan Allan Dunbar, Austin Dunbar, Dustin Hacker, Kristian Hayden, Shelby Claypool, Donald “DJ” Nourie, Stefanie Nourie, Brittany Auter, Amber Auter, Paige McMasters and Donald McMasters; great-grandchildren, Jerrick, Josslyn, Jyllian and Jameson Adkins, and Zaylen Hayden; and special friends, Jerry Whiles, Steve Nourie, Larry Acord, Mike Carson, Kenton Wilson, Steve Doggett, Joe Graves and the late Louie Montgerard.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Kenneth served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1960. He had worked as a printer for WCIA Channel 3 News in Champaign and later retired from Carpenters Local 269 in 2002, after 34 years of service. Kenneth was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of Further Light Lodge 1130, American Legion Post 51, Illini Bass Club, Carpenters Local 269 and the Moose Lodge 1001. Kenneth enjoyed fishing, making lures, hunting, gardening, dancing and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

A celebration of Kenneth’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville, with Pastor Janet Miller of Catlin United Methodist officiating. A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at the funeral home with Masonic rites starting at 7:30 p.m. There will be a one-hour visitation prior to the service on Wednesday. Burial will take place at Springhill Cemetery in Danville with military honors performed by the Westville American Legion Post 51.

Memorials can be made in Kenneth’s name to the Further Light Lodge 1130 Danville Masonic Learning Center, 109 North St. Danville IL.

Please join Kenneth’s family in sharing photos, videos and memories of him through his Tribute Wall at

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