Irene Dunker, 80, of Mason City died
Wednesday (Feb. 4, 2004) at 10:45 a.m. at the Mason City Area
Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday
at Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City, with the Rev. Dustin Fulton
officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral
Burial will be in Mason City Cemetery.
Besides being a homemaker, Mrs. Dunker
helped her husband operate East Side Sand Co. She also worked at
Caterpillar Tractor Co. in East Peoria for three years and worked
for the Illinois Veterans Commission for two years.
She was born April 14, 1923, at Mason
City to Howard and Fern Dalby Wharram. She married John H. "Doc"
Dunker on Dec. 6, 1941, in Missouri.
Survivors are her husband, John Dunker
Sr., of Mason City; one son, John H. Dunker Jr. (and Bonnie) of
Mason City; one daughter, Donna Harmon (and Jack) of Hickory, N.C.;
five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one sister
and three brothers.
She was a member of the First Christian
Church, American Legion Auxiliary and Eastern Star, all in Mason
She enjoyed cooking and spending time
with family and friends. She also enjoyed spending time in Florida
with her husband.
contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Richard Lee "Rick" Horath, 57, of
Bloomington, formerly of Atlanta, died Monday (Feb. 2, 2004) at 9:02
p.m. at the McLean County Nursing Home in Normal. He had cancer for
a long time.
His funeral service was Friday morning at
Quiram Funeral Home in Atlanta, with Paul Weber
officiating. Visitation was on Thursday at the funeral home.
Burial was in Atlanta Cemetery,
with military rites conducted by the Atlanta American Legion
Gresham-Crutchley Post 341.
Mr. Horath was a member of the Normal
Fire Department from May 1972 until May 1999, when he retired as an
engineer. He also worked at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center for 26
years and at the Normal Telecable Company. Earlier he had been a
railroad employee for several years.
He served in the U.S. Air Force as a
member of the Strategic Air Command B-52 bomber crew in Vietnam from
1965 to 1969.
He was born May 22, 1946, at Lincoln to
Vernie and Mary Louise Belcher Horath.
He is survived by his mother, of
Atlanta; three daughters, Melody Unwin of San Antonio, Texas, Amanda
Horath of Phoenix, Ariz., and Megan Horath of Normal; two brothers,
Jim Horath of Delavan and David Horath of Atlanta; one sister, Kathi
LaForge of New Holland; his maternal grandmother, Minnie Belcher of
Lincoln; and his fiancee, Linda Zamarron of Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He was a member of the Atlanta
Christian Church and the Bloomington VFW.
He was a 1964 graduate of Atlanta High
He enjoyed NASCAR races, his garage
baddies, Indian artifacts and his remote control.
He will be missed by his family and
In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.