Donald C. Dunlap (1938 - 2017)

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INDEPENDENCE – Donald C. Dunlap, 78 years old, of Independence, died on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Lexington Estate in Independence. He was born on April 23, 1938, in Independence, the son of Donald Alvin and Ila Maude (Clark) Dunlap. He graduated from high school in Independence with the Class of 1956. He served for 4 years in the U.S. Navy. On August 22, 1964, he and the former Karen Ann Larson were married in Clermont. Mr. Dunlap joined his parents in the operation of Dunlap Motors in Independence. After their death, he continued as the owner and operator. He retired in 2010 due to his health. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Independence and he was a life member of the Bechter-Boies V.F.W. Post 2440 in Independence. He was a life member of the National Auto Dealers Association and a life member of the Iowa Auto Dealers Association. He enjoyed spending time out of doors. He looked forward to any kind of yard work. He also enjoyed playing at the casino and his pets.
Donald's loving upbringing with his parents and sister, Helen Jane, created a compassionate and caring boy who loved animals in every way possible. That spirit continued throughout his life; that love and need to do what he could to better the lives of animals brought him happiness. His business minded parents gave him great opportunity; his service to his country while in the Navy gave him a sense of pride. Being a father was the whole of his being, his grandchildren the best thing that could be given to a pair of grandparents, all six of them the best of the best! Later in life, the visits from his family and friends brought him joy. His wife Karen's continuous care kept him going, while daily phone calls to his beloved employees helped him remain involved with his business.
Mr. Dunlap is survived by his wife of 52 years, Karen; a daughter, Dodie (Craig) Henningsen of Independence; a son, David Dunlap of Independence; six grandchildren: Alex, Corbin, Chloe, and Claudia Henningsen, and Izzy and Easton Dunlap; and his dog, Sophia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Helen Jones.
Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 27, at the First United Methodist Church in Independence with Rev. Scott Meador officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence. Friends called for visitation from 2 until 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 26 at the White Funeral Home in Independence where a Military Service began at 4 p.m. A Memorial Fund for the Buchanan County Animal Shelter has been established. On line condolences may be left at
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Mar. 27 to Apr. 5, 2017