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Robert "Bob" Dunham

May 29, 1937July 27, 2020
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Robert "Bob" Dunham, age 83, loving husband, father, and grandpa/papa, passed away Monday, July 27, 2020. Bob was born the son of Clyde and Beatrice Dunham in Wichita, KS. He attended West High School and joined the U.S. Navy and served on the U.S.S. Bradford and the U.S.S. Ulvert M. Moore. He served for three years, where he was able to see the Pacific world. Bob attended Harding University and Pittsburg State University following his service. In 2000, Bob retired from Beech Aircraft after 36 years as an Industrial Engineer. Bob was an avid golfer, fisherman, hunter and enjoyed watching football. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James Dunham; a sister, Juanita Beck; and three step-brothers. Survivors include: wife, Donna L. Dunham; daughter, Deborah (Robert) Blakney, of Coinjock, NC; son, Rodney Dunham, of Topeka, KS; step-son, John (Julie) Speer, of Rockwall, TX; step-brother, Elmer Dinwiddie; niece, Denise Pelz; nephews, David Dunham, Dale Dunham, Philip Hight; and numerous grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Resthaven Mortuary Chapel. Memorials have been established with the American Heart Association, 1861 N. Rock Road, Ste. 380, Wichita, KS 67206 and American Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515. The family has requested these services to be livestreamed from Resthaven Mortuary & Resthaven Gardens of Memory Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ResthavenMortuary/


  • Donna L. Dunham, Wife
  • Deborah (Robert) Blakney, Daughter
  • Rodney Dunham, Son
  • John (Julie) Speer, Step-Son
  • Elmer Dinwiddie, Step-Brother
  • Denise Pelz, Niece
  • David Dunham, Nephew
  • Dale Dunham, Nephew
  • Philip Hight, Nephew
  • Clyde Dunham, Father (deceased)
  • Beatrice Dunham, Mother (deceased)
  • James Dunham, Brother (deceased)
  • Juanita Beck, Sister (deceased)
  • Bob also leaves behind numerous grandchildren to cherish his memory.

    Bob is also preceded in death by three step-brothers.

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  • Celebration of Life Service

    Friday, July 31, 2020



Robert "Bob" Dunham

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Dorothy Ryman

August 2, 2020

Hi Donna, I'm sorry to hear about Bob's passing away. I know that you will miss him. It has been hard for all of us not to see each other. I know a lot of us will be missing from exercise class when we get back. I will miss Bob and his jokes. As they say stay safe. Love from the D roll, Dorothy Ryman

Jim Buessing

July 31, 2020

Our thoughts are with you all. Bob was a real character in life and especially on the golf course. We were playing at McDonald Golf Course. He teed off on the first hole and had a hooking worm burner which hit one of the many geese that was feeding on the course. He tried to claim a birdie on the hole but we wouldn’t let him get away with it. Rest well my friend. You will be missed.

Harry Simpson

July 30, 2020

Fair winds and following seas sailor.
"Boatswain... Standby to pipe the side... Shipmate's going Ashore..."

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Pam and Rody Rodehorst

July 30, 2020

Rody and I were deeply sadened to hear of Bob's passing. Its such a shock when you lose a spouse that you shared many years with. I remember how much Bob loved playing volleyball in the pool. He was such a character, always with a smile on his face. Donna, please know we are here for you. We love you!

Dale Love

July 30, 2020

I was deeply saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. We played a lot of golf together. I will always cherish those memories and the good times we had. My deepest sympathy to Donna Lou for her loss.

Kathryn Halfman

July 30, 2020

I didn't know Bobby and Donna long or well. I was delighted to have them in my exercise class with my sister and me. I will always remember his smile and his jokes. They helped me so much through a difficult time at the unexpected death of my sister. If I could return that favor I would consider my mission accomplished. The Lord loves you and I love you, Donna.

John and Julie Speer

July 29, 2020

There are really no words to express how thankful we are to have Papa in our lives. He loves our mom and loves our kids unconditionally and we love him that much right back. We could not ask for anything more. He was such a great cheerleader and fan! Thank you Deborah and Rodney for sharing him with us. Our lives would not be what they are without him in it and we thank God for it.

Kenny Post

July 29, 2020

My dear friend, teacher and mentor. Always a joke to tell or just that grin to make you smile. May you have more fish to catch and more golf games to play. Rest in peace.

Sabrina Howard

July 29, 2020

I truly enjoyed working with Bob. He had such a wonderful personality. Made working such a joy, and I will miss his smile.
Donna will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers

Kristina Dunham Barker

July 29, 2020

I was so sad to learn of Uncle Bob's passing. No one could tell a story or a joke like him!!!!! Prayers for strength Donna, Debbie and Rodney. Just keep in mind that death isn't the end, we will meet again in Heaven!!!!! I'm sure him and GMA Bea and GPA James are having a time!!!!!! Love to all


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