MORTON, ILL. – Robert “Bob” Nash Dunehew, age 88, of Cape Fair, Mo., passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at Reflections Memory Care in Morton, Illinois.
He was born on July 3, 1934, in Batesville, Ark., the son of Cordie and Beatrice (Nash) Dunehew. On May 7, 1954, he married the love of his life, Willa Jean McDoniel, in Batesville, Ark. She preceded him in death on February 23, 2012. Also preceding him in death were a son, Rickey Dunehew; his parents; and one sister, Bertha Mae Richardson, and her husband, Thurman Richardson.
He is survived by one son, Rodney Dunehew and his wife, Alanna, of Morton, Ill.; one daughter, Peggy Yung, and her husband, Ray, of Edelstein, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Jason (Connie) Dunehew of Bono, Ark., Bobby (Amanda) Dunehew of Cord, Ark., Heather (Ying) Chen of Columbus, Ohio, J.D. (Janice Rathbun) Dunehew of Washington, Ill., Lindsey (Aaron) Gooch of Cord, Ark., Betsy Dunehew (Jason Weinberg) of Bradford, Ill., and Alex Myers of Edelstein, Ill.; 11 great-grandchildren, Louis (Jessica) Polka, Cara Rogers, Samuel and Michael Dunehew, Kaileigh and Raighean Chen, Caleb and Wyatt Dunehew, Avery Weinberg, and Ryn and Easton Gooch; and five great-great-grandchildren, Avalynn and Case Rogers, and Avery, Evelyn, and Madeline Polka.
Bob was raised on a farm in Arkansas and was educated in the local school. He then graduated from Desha High School in 1952 in Desha, Ark. One of his first jobs off the farm was while growing up was delivering ice to local businesses and homes. After marrying, Bob came to Illinois for work at Caterpillar, Inc., returned to Arkansas for a year, then came back to Illinois to hire on as a Repair Technician for his 36-year career at Sears and Roebuck until his retirement in January of 1996. There wasn’t a stove, washing machine/dryer, appliance, furnace/air-conditioner or lawnmower that Bob couldn’t repair.
They raised their family in Bartonville, Ill. and then bought their own house in the Sunnyland area of Washington, Ill. They were active Boy Scout leaders while raising their sons. They had several foster children in their care through the years and adopted two daughters.
Immediately following retirement, Bob and Jean moved from Washington, Ill. to Cape Fair, Mo., where they had worked side-by-side to build their retirement home on Table Rock Lake. They were lovers of country music, camping, and fishing, so they planted themselves right where they wanted to be in the Branson, Mo area.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at the Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church located in Dowdy, Arkansas. Burial of cremated remains will follow in the Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Cemetery located on the church grounds.
Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Chicago Cancer Research, Suite 2500, 130 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601 or to the church or charity of the donor’s choice, in loving memory of Robert Dunehew.
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, Ill. is handling arrangements.
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