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Steven Dunker


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Steven Dunker Obituary
Steven Andrew Dunker, 66, passed away quietly with his family by his side on March 6, 2014 at Hospice House of Holland after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. Steven was born in Seymour, Indiana on April 22, 1947 to Paul and Sonia Dunker.

Paul was a high school teacher, coach, principal and interim superintendent and Sonia, a county health nurse. As a youth, Steven enjoyed playing football, basketball and baseball in his hometown of Rockport, Indiana.

In the summers, he played baseball throughout the Midwest in the American Legion League and the Central Illinois Collegiate League. Steven received a scholarship to play baseball at Morehead State University.

During his sophomore year at Morehead, he met the love of his life and future wife, JoAnn Berger. In the cafeteria line, JoAnn asked him if the lemonade was good. He told her to take a sip of the lemonade on his tray. After she sipped it and placed it back on his tray, he moved it to her tray and told her it was her lemonade now. That was the beginning of a wonderful relationship that lasted forty-two years.

After graduating from Morehead, Steven and JoAnn both pursued graduate studies at Indiana University. Steven attended Indiana University School of Law and developed many enduring friendships. In 1972, upon marrying, Steven and JoAnn moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Steven worked in the Grand Rapids Legal Aid office for one year and then took a position as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with Kent County where he remained for thirty years.

He was an avid sports fan and served as a volunteer coach for both of his children's various sports teams. Steven was passionate about all sports, especially, golf and much of his time was spent on his home courses in Grand Rapids, Holland and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Many lifetime friendships were made while on the golf course.

Steven is survived by his wife of forty-two years, JoAnn, and his children, Steffany (Jay Harsevoort) and Jonathan (Brooke Estevez), his mother, Sonia Dunker, his sister, Juliana Dunker and his grandchildren Lilly and Paige Harsevoort. At Steven's request, cremation has occurred.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Steven Dunker Scholarship Fund at the Grand Rapids Ballet School; 341 Ellsworth Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 454-4771x11. Steven touched many lives during his lifetime. He will be missed, but his spirit will live on within all those who knew him. Funeral arrangements were by the Dykstra Funeral Home-Northwood Chapel. For an online registry, visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.
Published in The Holland Sentinel on Mar. 9, 2014
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