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Ronald B. Dunbar

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ronald B. Dunbar "Chief," 61, retired Chief Master Sergeant, USAF, was called home on Nov. 9, 2007, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Chief, as he was affectionately called, was born on Dec. 18, 1945, in Brazil, to Boone and Erma Dunbar.

He was the oldest of five children and the only son.

Chief attended Brazil Senior High School and graduated in 1964. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in December 1965 and proudly served his country worldwide.

He married his high school sweetheart, Julia, in July 1967.

Chief was a recipient of the Bronze Star and Vietnam campaign medals. He received the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He received several other decorations and awards from his distinguished military career.

He retired in January 1991 in Mountain Home. He made many friends while working at a local dealership. Most recently, he lent his talents and persona to the United Parcel Service.

Chief was active in his community and served as a member and deacon at the Liberty Christian Fellowship Church. He was also a member of the Andrew Horton Lodge No. 8.

Chief was a warm and caring person. He loved his family and pets. He especially loved children and took time to speak with them, with a benevolent heart and smile on his face.

Chief did not know the meaning of stranger, as he was caring, generous and always willing to help anyone. A beloved son, brother, husband, father and friend, he touched all who knew him.

Chief is survived by his wife of 40 years, Julia Dunbar; son, Ronald Jr. and wife Alison Dunbar, Boise, Idaho; his son Brian and wife Genevieve Dunbar, Kapolei, Hawaii; his five grandchildren, his aunt, Mildred Spencer, Brazil; his sister, Linda and husband Marvin Utley, Terre Haute; his sister Connie and husband William Rowan; his sister Joyce and her husband Billy Vinson, all of Brazil; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Boone and Erma Dunbar, and sister Deborah Sue Dunbar.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, at Liberty Christian Fellowship Church, 3195 Air Base Rd., Mountain Home, Idaho. Burial, with military honors provided by the Mountain Home Air Force Base Honor Guard, will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Mountain Home, Idaho.

Visitation is from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel, Mountain Home, Idaho.

Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel is in charge of handling arrangements.