Roger William Dunn, 90, of Hendersonville, passed away on February 23, 2019 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC. A native of Libertyville, Illinois, he was the son of the late Clark and Elizabeth Dunn. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his daughter, Lee Wall Dunn, daughter-in-law Rosa Dunn, and his brother, Robert Dunn.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Betty Long Dunn; son Mark Dunn of Tallahassee, FL; son Stephen Dunn (Annie) of Youngsville, NC; daughter Susan Benais (Kurt) of Palm Bay, FL; son Jeffrey Dunn (Athene) of West Palm Beach, FL; daughter Judy Griffiths (David) of Miami, FL; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Raised in the Libertyville, IL area, he graduated from Libertyville High School and attended Lake Forest College and DePaul University in Chicago. He worked at Burgess Manning in Norwood Park, IL until joining the Army in October, 1951. They sent him to intelligence school at Fort Riley, KS.
In December, 1951, he married Betty Long of McHenry, IL In January of 1952 they left for Camp Cook, CA. In October 1952 he was sent to Seoul, Korea to be an Aerial Photo Interpreter with the Air Force at Kimpo Airfield. In October of 1953 he was discharged and returned to McHenry, IL to be reunited with his wife Betty and their son, Mark.
After his return, he entered the insurance business, working in Chicago, IL. They moved to Park Ridge, IL in 1960 where he attended American College, earning his CLU degree. In October 1966 they moved to Champaign, IL where he was in charge of the insurance office there. In June of 1970 he accepted a position in Miami, FL. Later he worked for the State of Florida, Department of Insurance as the Supervisor of the Miami office of Investigations until he retired in 1993.
After surviving Hurricane Andrew in 1992, he and Betty "headed for the hills" in November of 1993, settling in the mountains outside of Brevard, NC where they resided until 2005 before moving to Hendersonville, NC.
He was privileged to make the Blue Ridge Honor Flight to Washington, DC on September 24, 2016. At that time the Korean veterans were each given a medal of recognition from South Korean officials for their sacrifice in protecting their country and people. It was a memorable trip for him.
He was a great and loving husband, Dad, Grampy and Great-Grampy. He will be sorely missed by all his family.
A funeral mass will be said at 11:00 AM of Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brevard with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 150 Brian Berg Lane, Brevard, NC 28712 or Four Seasons Foundation, 221 N Main St Hendersonville, NC 28792.
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