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Dan L. Dunlap
(January 26, 1929 - March 25, 2014)

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Dan L. Dunlap

Dan Lawrence Dunlap, 85, of Mendota died the morning of March 25, 2014, in Mendota Community Hospital. There will be no visitation or services. Private interment of ashes will be at Fairview Cemetery, DeKalb at a future date. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota assisted with the arrangements. Dan was born Jan. 26, 1929, in Goshen, Ind., to Dallas and Minnie (Burtsfield) Dunlap. He married Ruth Louise Ashelford on June 19, 1951, in Evanston. He was a graduate of Elkhart, Ind., high school and Northwestern University, Evanston. He served with the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the Korean War. Dan worked in radio broadcasting in Texas and Iowa and for 12 years in La Salle County at WCMY Ottawa, was program director at WLPO in La Salle-Peru, in sales at WGBC in Bloomington and became manager and put WGLC on the air in Mendota in 1964. He later was in specialty advertising sales and was manager of Mendota Chamber of Commerce for five years. He owned and operated Fact ‘n’ Fancy in Mendota for 15 years before retiring in 1997. Don always was involved in community service, first as a Boy Scout then with the Ottawa and La Salle-Peru Jaycees and Mendota Kiwanis Club where he served terms as president and in other offices in those organizations. He  as on the Boy Scout Council while in Peru. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Churches in Peru and Mendota and had served on the church council in Peru and taught Sunday school in Mendota. Dan was a 47-year member of Mendota Masonic Lodge 176 AM & FM, serving as secretary for several years. He organized a number of sports card shows in Mendota, brought in sports personalities from Chicago professional teams and donated proceeds to various local organizations and raised funds for the Tri-County Fair. Dan was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and twice attended Cubs Fantasy Camp in Arizona as well as Cubs games in Chicago and on the road. He attended spring training in Mesa, Ariz., for many years. He enjoyed camping trips locally and in most of the United States with his family and traveled overseas a number of times. He was devoted to his wife and family and was a beloved husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughters, Lynn Louise Matheis of Mendota, Mary Louise (Kent) Orwig of Milan, Robin Louise Sessler of Earlville and Dawn Louise (Claus) Henning of Bedford, Texas; treasured grandchildren, Cassandra Louise Orwig, Emily Louise Henning and Adam Carl Henning; former son-in-law Rick Sessler; and four nieces.


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