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Roger William Dunn


Last updated 2/27/2019 at 4:57pm

Roger William Dunn, 90, of Hendersonville, passed away Feb. 23, 2019, at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock.

A native of Libertyville, Ill., he was the son of the late Clark and Elizabeth Dunn. In addition to his parents, his daughter, Lee Wall Dunn; daughter-in-law, Rosa Dunn; and his brother, Robert Dunn, also preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Betty Long Dunn; son, Mark Dunn, of Tallahassee, Fla .; son, Stephen Dunn (Annie), of Youngsville, N.C .; daughter, Susan Benais (Kurt), of Palm Bay, Fla .; son, Jeffrey Dunn (Athene), of West Palm Beach, Fla .; daughter, Judy Griffiths (David), of Miami, Fla .; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Raised in the Libertyville area, he graduated from Libertyville High School and attended Lake Forest College and DePaul University in Chicago. He worked at Burgess Manning in Norwood Park, Ill., until joining the Army in October 1951. They sent him to intelligence school at Fort Riley, Kan.

In December 1951, he married Betty Long, of McHenry, Ill. In January of 1952, they left for Camp Cook, Calif. In October 1952, he was sent to Seoul, Korea, to be an aerial photo interpreter with the Air Force at Kimpo Airfield. In October of 1953, he was discharged and returned to McHenry, Ill., to be reunited with his wife, Betty, and their son, Mark.

After his return, he entered the insurance business, working in Chicago, Ill. They moved to Park Ridge, Ill., in 1960, where he attended American College, earning his CLU degree. In October 1966, they moved to Champaign, Ill., where he was in charge of the insurance office there.

In June of 1970, he accepted a position in Miami, Fla. Later, he worked for the state of Florida's Department of Insurance as the supervisor of the Miami office of investigations until he retired in 1993.

After surviving Hurricane Andrew in 1992, he and his wife "headed for the hills" in November of 1993, settling in the mountains outside of Brevard, where they resided until 2005 before moving to Hendersonville.

He was privileged to make the Blue Ridge Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24, 2016. At that time the Korean veterans were each given a medal of recognition from South Korean officials for their sacrifice in protecting their country and people. It was a memorable trip for him.

He was a great and loving husband, Dad, Grampy and Great-Grampy. All his family will sorely miss him.

A funeral mass will be said at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brevard, with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 150 Brian Berg Lane, Brevard, NC 28712, or Four Seasons Foundation, 221 N. Main St., Hendersonville, NC 28792.


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