‘So God Made a Farmer’…Getting up every day at the break of dawn to feed the livestock, milk the cows and tend to the chores, plant the seeds, till the fields and reap the harvest…This defined the character of a man named Harold Guy Dunlap… We called him “Daddy”… Harold passed away on Friday, March 4, 2016 and is now with his wife and his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was born January 19, 1927 to the late William Guy and Katherine Dunlap.
Cows need to be milked twice a day… God entrusted Harold to tend to his herd and he did so for eleven straight year’s morning and evening… A man who’s word was his bond through the goods seasons and the bad seasons… Harold not only was gifted and had grit to endure farming, he and his wife managed to raise a family with his values, with strong bonds, with a loving heart to carry on the responsibility to their families… His Sundays were spent with his family, eating popcorn, making homemade ice cream and playing football in the front yard. Harold was quiet, hardworking, unpretentious, trustworthy and God-fearing.
He was a United States Navy Veteran serving in WWII and a part of our Nations Greatest Generation.
Harold was preceded in death by his wonderful and loving wife of 58 years, Patricia Ann Wolford Dunlap, one granddaughter, Megan Jane Dunlap and brother, Robert Hugo Dunlap.
Those left behind to cherish the beautiful memories and legacy of Harold are his son and daughter in law, Raymond and Jil Dunlap of Abingdon, Illinois, four daughters and sons in law, Kathy and Dave Shultz of Springfield Illinois, Karen and Charles Allen of Huntersville, North Carolina, Karel Dunlap of Springfield, Illinois, Kristi and Dave Lillie of Galesburg, Illinois; his grandchildren and their spouses, Brett and Melissa Dunlap of Avon, Illinois, Kari and Ike Beers of Littleton, Colorado, Kali Dunlap-Hibbs and Brian Hibbs of Kotzebue, Alaska, D.J. and Alyssa Shultz, Kyle and Julie Shultz all of Springfield, Illinois, Matt and Becky Freckleton of Dunlap, Illinois, Jeremy and Jennifer Freckleton of Kohler, Wisconsin, Jason Lillie and Josh Lillie both of Bloomington, Illinois; twenty beautiful great-grandchildren; sister, Florence Fisher of Chicago, Illinois; cousin, Lyle Dunlap of Lake Bracken, Illinois along with several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of the life of Harold will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Home, 206 North Washington Street, Abingdon, Illinois 61410 with Reverend Mark Wolford to officiate. Active pallbearers are his grandsons, Brett Dunlap, D.J. Shultz, Kyle Shultz, Matt Freckleton, Jeremy Freckleton, Jason Lillie and Josh Lillie.
Graveside and committal service with military honors to be delivered at the Abingdon Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM prior to the funeral ceremony.
Those who wish to express words of sympathy and share fond memories, please visit Harold’s guest book at: www.h-p-w.com
Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Home of Abingdon is honored to be serving the family of Harold Guy Dunlap during this difficult time.