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Visitation Sunday for Robert G. 'Bob' Dunbar

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Robert G. "Bob" Dunbar passed away on Thursday, November 21, 2019.

He was born in Ripley County, Indiana, on October 23, 1929, to Elmer and Minola Dunbar, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Becky (Brodbeck) Dunbar; children, Debbie (Craig) Brown of Lincoln, NE, Richard (Sandy) Dunbar of Sturgis, MI, and David (Sandy) Dunbar of Westfield, IN; grandchildren, Erica Brown, Courtney (Todd) Gibb, Cole Brown, Michael (Jen) Dunbar, Lauren (Jared) Knight, Joseph Dunbar and Jacob Dunbar; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Patty) Dunbar, Pat (Beverly) Dunbar; sister, Jane (Duane) Feurer; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bob was a graduate of Chesterton High School, class of 1947. He proudly served four years in the United States Air Force from 1951-1954. Bob served in Korea where he worked as an aircraft engine mechanic on the Douglas B26. He ended his service working on the Mitchell B25 at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, TX. Bob started with Chesterton State Bank in 1955 and became President in 1971 until his retirement in 1992 as the Vice Chairman of CSB/INB Banking Company North. He received the Sagamore of the Wabash in 1992. Bob graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science, American Institute of Banking, University of Wisconsin School of Banking and the Senior Bank School of Management Seminar from Harvard University. He was most recently a member of the Chesterton United Methodist Church. Bob was the President of the Portage Optimist Club, a member of the Portage Business Association later known as the Chamber of Commerce. He was a volunteer for United Way of Porter County and Chesterton Little League serving as Treasurer. Bob played a leading role in establishing the Duneland Chamber of Commerce in Chesterton. He was a Chesterton-Porter Rotary member since 1969, twice serving as President. Bob was a Paul Harris Fellow and was on the Chesterton Utility board, Northwest Indiana Forum, Porter County VNA Board as Treasurer, the Pines Village board, Porter Memorial Hospital Association, Conference of State Bank Supervisors Board, and the Indiana Bankers Association District, having served as President.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Dunbar Family Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization started by Bob and Becky to support the Duneland community: Dunbar Family Foundation, 349 Old Ashbury Rd., Westfield, IN 46074,

A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304. Private funeral service and burial will take place at a later date.

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Posted 11/22/2019






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