Walter Neal Dunn
September 8, 1929 – February 19, 2021
Neal Dunn, 91, of Yuma, AZ, passed away on Friday, February 19th, 2021, of natural causes at his home surrounded by loved ones.
Neal was born on September 8th, 1929, to Walter James Dunn and Ruby Clara Poague in Skiatook, OK. He had six siblings.
Neal worked various jobs until he ended up at Rainbo Bakery in Visalia, CA, for 20 years as a bread salesman, at one point even working alongside his son, brother, and son-in-law. He also bought a cabinet shop he worked at until he sold it. He then retired in his late fifties. He lived in a motorhome full-time for years to come, spending summers in Idaho and winters in Arizona until finally settling permanently the last few years of his life in Yuma, AZ.
Neal first married June Barger and had two children, Randy Dunn and Terri Dunn, who together gave him 5 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Neal then met and married the love of his life, Dorothy Bird, who gave him another two children, Connie Harrison and Perry Dunn. Connie gave them 2 grandchildren.
Neal and Dorothy had 65 years together and made a great couple, complementing each other with their looks and personalities, barely showing their age until their eighties. They started out in Hanford, CA, and then lived in Visalia, CA. Neal’s dad ended up living in New Meadows, ID, so Neal started visiting him there in his thirties and became very fond of Idaho, spending time every year in New Meadows, ID, or McCall, ID, even eventually building and selling three houses there. They traveled all across the country in their motorhome seeing many different sites in various cities and especially enjoyed going to shows in Branson, Missouri. They were members of the Church of Christ and enjoyed attending services at various locations while traveling.
Neal was a quiet man that was well respected by all that knew him. He was also a bit of a jokester that liked to tell stories and pull pranks and make people laugh. He grew up enjoying riding horses and team roping. He loved to fish and made excellent smoked salmon. He learned to cook pretty well in his later years and made delicious homemade vanilla ice cream which he could eat about three bowlfuls of at a time. He enjoyed playing card games like canasta and Texas horseshoes, usually partnering with his wife Dorothy or playing the men against the women. He didn’t like to lose, so luckily he rarely did. He was known to speak his mind, and if you made plans with him, you better be on time or he’d leave you in the dust!
Neal was predeceased by his parents, several siblings, and his son Perry. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Dunn, of Yuma, AZ; his son Randy and wife Janice Dunn of Hanford, CA; his daughter Terri Dunn of Laton, CA; his daughter Connie Harrison of Yuma, AZ; all his grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many other extended family and friends - all who love him dearly and will miss him greatly. Many people over the years even chose to include the name Neal when naming their children in honor of this wonderful man.
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Walter Neal Dunn
February 26, 2021
Uncle Neal was a role model for the entire Dunn extended family and especially for me. Even as a small child I admired the way he projected confidence, a "can do" attitude and settled for nothing less than success in everything he did. I remember watching as he and my father branded calves when they lived in Armona, California. I remember playing golf for the first time with him and my dad when Neal and Dorothy lived in Visalia. I was a terrible golfer but he was patient with me for what must have been 18 holes of misery. I remember observing in awe how he always seemed to look fit and well dressed ... not a single hair out of place. I remember grieving for him and Dorothy when Perry died and the two of them sharing our grief when Dad died. I will miss uncle Neal but will always remember him as a role model. Though years would pass between visits and brief meetings, I love and admire you Uncle Neal ... always will.