ForeverMissed
      Walter W. Dunbar, 96, of Peoria, passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria.
     Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 07, 2020 at Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue in Peoria. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Entombment will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
     Walter was born on March 5, 1923, in Peoria, the son of Orie and Maude (Zettle) Dunbar. He married Norma J. Hoagland on February 24, 1946 in Peoria. She preceded him in death on November 26, 2016 in Peoria. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Stephanie Snarr Smith; and sister, Betty Desmond.
     He is survived by his children, Walter (Cherie) Dunbar of Glasford, Nancy (John) Snarr of Dunlap, Alvin (Jody) Dunbar of Elmwood and Robert Dunbar of Peoria; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren.
     Walter proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Corps., enlisting on September 22, 1942. He was honorably discharged in 1945. He was a decorated WWII Veteran. He was in the 44th Bombardment Group and was stationed in England. He fought in 33 missions over Germany, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and a Certificate of Valor. He became a licensed pilot, through the Army Air Corps., after the war.
     He began his career at Caterpillar in June of 1940, as a Machine Apprentice. He had various manufacturing positions and was transferred to Glasgow, Scotland in 1960. In 1964, he was transferred to East Peoria as the Factory Manger and in 1965, he was in the manufacturing position for the Mossville and Mapleton plants. In 1973, he became the plant manager in Milwaukee, WI and in 1975, the plant manager in Davenport, IA. In 1985, he was transferred to Peoria as the Director of the Engine Division and was responsible for four plants. He retired after 48 years of service to Caterpillar, in 1988.
     Walter and his wife traveled abroad from 1960-1964, visiting over 15 countries, including Scandinavian, Mediterranean and European countries and the British Isles. They went on many cruises and even traveled on the original Queen Mary.
     He loved to play racquetball and softball and to go bowling, fishing and hunting. He golfed and had a “Hole in One” on the Madison Golf Course and a “Hole in One” on the Mount Hawley Country Club Golf Course. He was very active in the Scottish/American Society. He was President of the Chamber of Commerce in Davenport, IA. He was on the Board of Directors for the Peoria Production Shop, now EPIC. He was a member of the Crow Valley Country Club in Bettendorf, IA and a lifetime member at Mount Hawley Country Club in Peoria.
     Memorial contributions may be made in Walter’s memory to Greater Peoria Honor Flight or Project Hero.
Posted by Janice Powers on February 5, 2020
I just saw Walter's obituary, and when I read it I realized that he served in WW II at the same time as my father, and in the same 44th Bomb Group. My dad enlisted in 1943, and was also in England, stationed at maybe at the same airfield , Shipdham?

My father, 1st Lt. Leonard Crandell, was KIA over Germany on March 24, 1945, and I never knew him. He was born and grew up in Peoria, and I can't help wondering if maybe they knew each other? God bless those young men, "boys" as they were called affectionately by their loved ones back then, and God bless your brave father, Walter.

My Husband, Mike, told me he knew Walter at Caterpillar, and thought highly of him.

Peace and Love to all your family,  and in their honor, Jan Powers
Posted by Denise Johnson on February 5, 2020
Heartfelt condolences go out to Walter's immediate family while he was a resident at LHV. Such a character and an interesting couple with Norma by his side. Breaks my heart.
Posted by Trisha Gorrell on February 5, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family. I have many memories of The Dunbar's. Such wonderful people. I am praying for everyone during this difficult time.
Posted by Colleen Rooney-Buckner on February 4, 2020
I am so sorry for the hole this leaves in your heart. Uncle Walt was one of a kind and even though I haven’t seen him in a while, memories of him always make me smile. All you you were blessed to have such a wonderful father.
I will pray for peace for each of you during this difficult time.
I really wish I could be there with you.

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Posted by Janice Powers on February 5, 2020
I just saw Walter's obituary, and when I read it I realized that he served in WW II at the same time as my father, and in the same 44th Bomb Group. My dad enlisted in 1943, and was also in England, stationed at maybe at the same airfield , Shipdham?

My father, 1st Lt. Leonard Crandell, was KIA over Germany on March 24, 1945, and I never knew him. He was born and grew up in Peoria, and I can't help wondering if maybe they knew each other? God bless those young men, "boys" as they were called affectionately by their loved ones back then, and God bless your brave father, Walter.

My Husband, Mike, told me he knew Walter at Caterpillar, and thought highly of him.

Peace and Love to all your family,  and in their honor, Jan Powers
Posted by Denise Johnson on February 5, 2020
Heartfelt condolences go out to Walter's immediate family while he was a resident at LHV. Such a character and an interesting couple with Norma by his side. Breaks my heart.
Posted by Trisha Gorrell on February 5, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family. I have many memories of The Dunbar's. Such wonderful people. I am praying for everyone during this difficult time.
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