M. Timothy Dunn
Errol Estates, FL
M. Timothy Dunn, 88, of Errol Estates, Florida, passed away on December 15, 2012 after a long fight with cancer. Tim was raised in Des Moines, Iowa. A plaque on the wall in his home, stating "ENTREPRENEUR" expresses his military and business life.
As a 19-year old Army Air Corps Officer during WW II, he flew 35 bombing missions over Europe. Returning to civilian life, he was later recalled to the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict. First Stationed in Japan, he became Aide de Campe to the Commanding General of the Pacific Airlift Command. Tim was then assigned to the Pentagon with various USAF public affairs responsibilities, which included flying VIPs as a member of General Curtis LeMay's flight crew. He was later reassigned to the Pentagon as an Executive Officer in War Plans.
He was Chief of USAF Latin America Public Affairs, Deputy Chief Public Affairs for the Atlantic Fleet and Chief of Public Affairs for the Alaska Air Command. After being reassigned to head up USAF Press Relations for the first Apollo Moon Shot, Dunn retired early from the USAF at Patrick AFB to care for his young family, having lost their mother to a sudden illness in Alaska.
After retirement, he moved to Central Florida and became active in real estate and many diverse businesses. In the process he bought and sold some hundred properties. The most successful was a multimillion-dollar closeout venture. Tim was an avid believer in maintaining friendships. He published a quarterly, one-of-a-kind newsletter for over twenty years that kept hundreds of graduates of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa in contact with each other.
Tim is survived by his wife and business partner of 41 years, Joyce Cornell, seven children (Jodi, Michael, Kathleen, Susan, Anne, Emily and Mathew) and 10 grandchildren (Kelly, Caitlin, Nolan, Colin, Ryan, Tyler, Michael, Blake, Megan and Kayleigh). He was predeceased by his wife of 22 years, Joan Allen, who shared his military career, moving the family some 19 times to include: Japan, The Panama Canal Zone and Alaska. Two children, Nancy and Andrew, also predeceased Tim.
Tim deeply loved his Church and family. He gave credit for his successes to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Jude. He was particularly proud of his children and grandchildren's achievements.
A Mass of Christian Burial will he held at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Annunciation Catholic Church: 1020 Montgomery Road, Altamonte Springs, Florida.
The Family will be receiving friends at the DeGusipe Funeral Home at 9001 N. Orlando Ave., Maitland, Florida between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, 2012. Final burial services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in the Spring of 2013.
In lieu of flowers, Tim's favorite charities include the World Wildlife Fund and St Jude's Hospital.
Published in Des Moines Register on December 18, 2012