William "Bill" Dunn

April 16, 1940January 9, 2021


William “Bill” Dunn, 80, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021 at MercyOne Hospice in Johnston. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, January 14, 2021 at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines. A private family graveside service will be at Resthaven Cemetery.

Bill was born April 16, 1940 in Des Moines to Leo and Bonnie (Wallace) Dunn. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to 1961. Following his discharge, Bill worked for Armstrong Tire and Rubber and later retired from Mid-American Energy. He enjoyed going to Prairie Meadows, playing cards at the Union Hall, politics and coaching baseball. Bill was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Atlanta Braves fan as well.

Bill is survived by four children, Deb (Doug) Thompson, Pam (Tim) Negrete, Jeff (Julie) Dunn and Lisa Dunn; step-children, Diane McClung (Leonard Waldorf), Chris (Drew) McDonough, and Eileen (Merle) Hicks; siblings, Kay (Bud) Collins, Jack (Carol), Carol (Dennis) Prindle and Mary Jo Dunn; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty; brothers, Wayne and Jerry; and step-son, Bill Shortell.

A special thank you to all the hospice staff for all the wonderful care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to MercyOne Hospice in Johnston.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 14, 2021


  • Private Family Burial Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021



William "Bill" Dunn

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Cindee Beattie

January 12, 2021

Pam, I’m so sorry to see your dads passing. It is hard for daughters to lose their dads! I will keep you & your family in my prays!!

christine mcdonough

January 12, 2021

Bill was a very special presence in our lives for many years. He was a generous, kind spirit, who I am glad I got to spend many happy years with. He was a wonderful great grandfather to my grandkids. He was always fun to talk sports with, I know he will be up there cheering on the Hawkeyes, and his beloved Braves. I hope he is up there hanging out with mom and grandma Vi.

Love, Chris & Drew

Nancy Hillyard(Dessauer)

January 12, 2021

I have so many memories of growing up with the Dunn family. I was always invited anywhere they went. My first camping trip was with them to Kansas City and World of Fun, Debbie and I were sleeping in the back yard and he took us to see Washington heights apts on fire. I even remember when Lisa was born and he brought all of us to see her. I had moved out of State and the whole Family called me on Christmas. I just have so many memories, and the maroon car he bought and always let me drive, I could go on and on. Even though the I have not see you for many-years I was happy when you did get a chance to meet my husband Steve. I loved you like another Dad! Rest In Peace, Nancy

Karen Temple

January 12, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace.

Diane McClung

January 10, 2021

I am so sorry. He was a good man. He took very good care of my mom...always loved it when he would refer to her as his "Bride". I enjoyed all the cribbage games we played, the fun times at Prairie Meadows and the times we did family functions together. He treated all of us as if we were his own kids and spoiled the grands too. He will be missed.

Prayers, Diane McClung