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Irene Dunker

Irene Dunker, 80, of Mason City died Wednesday (Feb. 4, 2004) at 10:45 a.m. at the Mason City Area Nursing Home.

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 home.

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 City.

She enjoyed cooking and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed spending time in Florida with her husband.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.


Richard Horath

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 School.

He enjoyed NASCAR races, his garage baddies, Indian artifacts and his remote control.

He will be missed by his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

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