OBITUARY

Bob VanDunk

September 7, 1940February 18, 2021
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Robin David "Bob" VanDunk of McDonough, Ga passed away on February 18, 2021. Bob's journey could best be described as a series of adventures built around a lifetime of service. His service to his country began with a 4 year enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps and continued with another 22 year career in the U.S. Army. His military years took him all over the world to include places such as Germany, Luxemburg, Belgium, Poland, Czechoslovakia, France, Spain, England, Greece, Italy and multiple posts throughout the United States. Bob loved to hunt and fish. He hunted wild boar, mountain goats, deer and even trapped nutria and raccoon for their hide. While in Germany, Bob was afforded the opportunity to hunt in Africa that he described as "his hunting trip of a lifetime". Bob retired from active duty in 1986 and worked in civil service for the Army and retiring for a second time at Fort McPherson. His servants heart and passion for his country continued on as he founded Veteran's Support Group in McDonough. Bob had his struggles to overcome which showed his strength of character. He battled cancer and even drove himself to and from treatments, took on kidney disease and defeated it through the generosity of his "Angel" who donated a kidney in 2002. It was a second bout with cancer that would test his strength. Through it all, Bob kept his sense off humor. Two days before his passing, Bob and his wife Dianne would mark their 43rd anniversary. When Dianne said "Happy Anniversary !" as he fought back the sickness Bob simply replied "yeah right ". In addition to Dianne, who Bob called his anchor, he is survived by daughters Marie Rose and Maggie Centis and son Bobby Jacobs and his wife Cheryl. He also leaves his memories with 8 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, his sister Linda Montanile and of course Tinker II. Helping veterans was Bob's passion! The Veterans Support Group (VSG) - Veterans House & Service Center (VHSC), located 32 Jonesboro Street, McDonough GA, has been a longtime dream of Bob's and it was his wish that this organization continue with it's mission long after he is gone. Therefore; he and his family ask that in lieu of flowers that you would please make donations to this (his) organization. Donations can be made here on the VSG Facebook page, our website: vetsg.org, or mailed: 32 Jonesboro Street McDonough GA 30253

Services

  • Visitation - Haisten Funeral Home

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service - Haisten Funeral Home Chapel

    Friday, February 26, 2021

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Bob VanDunk

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Gold Wing Road Riders Association GA Chapter A McDonough

February 27, 2021

What a pleasure it was to know this wonderful man. We first met Bob when we invited him to speak to our Gold Wing Motorcycle Group, about his love and passion for the Veterans Support Group, newly opened in McDonough. We were impressed by his caring, concern, and genuine love and support of our veterans and families. We have devoted and will continue to support the VSG food pantry and other functions for the Veterans Support Group House.
Bob was a friend to everyone, kind, sweet, loved to laugh, and determined to fulfill his compassion for what he loved,- his commitment to fellow veterans and VSG .
He will be greatly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, and may he Rest In Peace.

Maggie Centis

February 26, 2021

It’s once in a life time that you come across someone so amazingly awesome, inspiring, and humble. It wasn’t a coincidence that we crossed paths. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity that God gave me to have you in my life. My guardian angel. I know that there is no more pain and no more sorrow for you. I know you are surrounded by God’s glory and all of his angles. I know that you truly fulfilled God’s purpose in your life. You touched so many lives, from friends to family. You met no stranger, always cheerful and happy. You included everyone and loved everyone! You were an amazing husband, father, grandfather, and friend. You were passionate about this country and gave it your all. You served our country even after you retired. You gave your time to the Veteran’s Support Group, which you founded, volunteered in other programs, and helped in so many ways. You accomplished so much in your life time! There will never be another you. I’m so proud to have been able to call you Dad. Thanks for being the father that I never had. Thanks for loving your grandchildren and I unconditionally as your own. Thank you for being the best and only grandpa my children ever had! Thanks for always being there for us. They looked up to you and admired you, and love you with all their heart. Through this I gained a loving mother, more siblings, nephews, and nieces. You will forever be missed. I know that you will be watching over us and those you love. I hope that I will always make you proud, as you watch from up above. I love you always and forever.

-They say blood is thicker than water, but I don’t think that’s necessarily true. We might not be blood, but what runs through our veins are pure love for you and Mom –

P.S – Don’t you worry we will all be taking care of Mom.

With much love,
Maggie & your grandchildren

Chris Montagna

February 26, 2021

With great sadness me and my family say goodbye to a great man. my uncle Bobby you were a great husband uncle and brother... You will be greatly missed may you R.I.P...till we meet again...I love you.. you will live in my heart forever....

Barbara Thayer

February 25, 2021

So sorry for your loss .He was a great guy and will be truly missed

Britni Stephens

February 25, 2021

I’m am very grateful for the opportunity I had to get to know Bob over the last year or so. He was always so kind and caring. I would always ask him about the places he has seen and he would tell me stories.
My heart goes out to the family. I’m terribly sorry for your loss. The world lost a good man. He was a servant all the way until the end of this side of the journey. Thank you for sharing him with the rest of us.

Mitzi Nash

February 25, 2021

We will forever be grateful for your commitment to serving veterans and being willing to take on the burdens of others to help see them through their challenges.

Linda Montanile

February 25, 2021


This took me a long to time to put into words, because I can’t believe I’m writing it.
He was my big brother, and I will miss him so much. I will miss his sense of humor his being there for me when I needed a shoulder or just to listen.
One of the many memories I have of my big brother is. Just image a 16 year old all dress up in a beautiful gown and your handsome brother in full Marine dress uniform walking into the Marine Core ball on his arm. It took my breath away. I was so proud to be there with him. Of course I was introduce as his little sister. Well it was a wonderful evening. I notice when one of the younger Marines wanted to dance with me they would walk over to my brother and little did I know they asked if they could WELL when I found out I asked why he was doing that, and he in only the way my brother could say don’t worry about it. All in all it was a magical night.
I will miss him calling me sis or just in talking to him and him asking how Lisa & Chris are doing always the worried uncle I will hold all my memories in my heart I love you more than words could say big brother.

Pandora Palmer

February 25, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was one of the nicest men I have ever met. Your family is my thoughts and prayers.
Judge Palmer

Bobby Jacobs

February 24, 2021

As soon as I saw Pops, I knew an adventure was going to happen and an adventure it has been. The first name I ever called Pops was dirtbag and when I did he lit up like a Christmas tree. And so the name-calling between us became our love language. I love to hunt, fish, and shoot guns and I was in the military so my curiosity about Pop became infectious. I soaked up his stories and laughed more and moreover the years. It seems like I had found my older doppelganger.
I have always had a large void in my heart due to the fact that my biological father was not a part of my life so I have had to push through without a father’s influence but that all changed the day I met Pop’s. A person’s family is not defined by their genes; it is built and maintained through love. It was always surprising to me to see how our two families blended so naturally, it was like we had known each other since birth.
Pop has mentored me supported me and helped me make every tough decision. I have watched Pop take an idea and turn it into a reality which convinced me that I can do that as well. I have witnessed Pop feed people cloth people and financially supported people that could not help themselves. Everyone knew he loved deeply. The last words he said to me were “you know I love you, son, right?” “Yes Pop I do,” I said “well make sure you never forget that and take care of your Mom” “I will always do that Pop,” I said.
So now here I am a transformed man because of a gift God gave me named Bob Vandunk.

Joni Miller

February 24, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Bob VanDunk's passing. He was such a generous, kind man that put his heart into supporting Veterans and HCPD. He will surely be missed. My prayers are with his wife Dianne and family.

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