Robert L. Dunigan-Wirt

June 13, 1936April 24, 2014
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Robert L. Dunigan-Wirt, age 77, passed away peacefully at home with his loved ones by his side on April 24, 2014. He was born June 13, 1936 in Chippewa County, MI. Robert honorably served in the US Air Force from August 26, 1956 until October 1, 1976. He was a Vietnam veteran, and retired as a Master Sargent. Robert traveled around the world many times. Upon his retirement he worked for McDonald-Douglas and spent 5 years in Saudi Arabia. He owned and operated a nursery and gardening business in Austin, TX. He was also employed by the Austin Statesman Newspaper as a branch manager. Robert loved camping, hunting, fishing, nature, and being outdoors. As an avid fisherman, he was known to many by the nickname “Pikeman.” He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert L. and Wilma I. (Goodell) Dunigan; adoptive parents, Karl A. and Irene E. (Foster) Wirt; and his sister, Sandra (Dunigan) Clifford. Surviving are his loving wife, Mary B. (Hodgson) Wirt; children, Kim (Patrick) Doody, Karla (Glenn) Wissen, Robert L. Dunigan, Cheryl Davis (Jeff) Baldwin and Richard M. (Susan) Wirt; 12 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brother, Richard L. Dunigan; many in-laws, nieces and nephews; and many old and new dear friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Ball-Dunn Chapel, 621 S. Jefferson, Mason, MI with Pastor Cal Hodgson of the United Brethren Church of Dansville officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation one hour prior to the service at the Ball-Dunn Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Lansing, 4052 Legacy Parkway, Suite 200, Lansing, MI 48911; or, the American Cancer Society, 1755 Abbey Road, East Lansing, MI 48823 in memory of Robert L. Dunigan-Wirt. On-line condolences may be made at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 24, 2014
  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, May 24, 2014

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May 23, 2014

Sorry for your loss

Dawn Clifford

May 23, 2014

Dear Mary and family, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of my uncle Bob. Even though I did'nt know him well, my mom and him had just reconnected in this life just months before her passing ,he was there for me and lended support to a niece he really never seen except perhaps when I was a child.So for that I am very grateful ...and can just imagine the loss you,family and friends are please accept my condolences at this time and thank you for remembering my mom in his slideshow as well. Sincerely Dawn Clifford and family(Dunigan/Goodell)

April Vaningan

May 3, 2014

R.I.P Pikeman. Gaige will miss your summers together in the U.P.

May 1, 2014

Bob will be greatly missed. He and my dad have been friends since they were young men.
Bob would take me Pike fishing several days every summer for the last few years. Enjoyed hearing his stories while we fished. Every one knew Bob at the lake.
Leroy and Kay Marks

Joe & Thu Henderson

April 29, 2014

We are so sorry for the loss of Bob. He was a great friend to my wife and me for over thirty years. He always had a positive attitude and made the lives of those around him better.

Cheri Corrette

April 29, 2014

Loved you very very much Uncle Bob! Aunt Mary waited to find her mister right and she couldn't have imagined a better fit than you!You have been a blessing for her and I am forever grateful you were part of our lives! Hug my Grandparents for me and crack a cold one with the hubby for me! Love you Bobbers!

April 29, 2014

Sorry for the loss of Bob
thoughts go out to all his Family.


April 28, 2014

Bob made everyone smile with his stories of the world and about his life in the U.P. He always had interesting tales to tell. He loved to chat but even more he loved Mary. He made her so happy. What a sweet man to take such good care of her. Bob you will be missed more than you know. Thank you for the memories. R.I.P.

April 27, 2014

We did not get to know you well but you were a great friend and companion for Mary. Happy fishing.
Dave & Rosemary

Rachel green

April 26, 2014

So sorry for ur loss I wished I were their to help you if you needed it but glad my mom is their. Love you. Hes in a better place now.