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Paul Dunlap

   Paul Dunlap, 76, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 15, 2007 after a long illness.

   He was born on Oct. 30, 1930 on a farm in Clinton County, the son of Fern and Leonard Dunlap. He grew up in Laingsburg, Michigan. Paul’s father died when he was five years old. His mother passed away when he was 12. Paul and his older sister Lois (who preceded him to Heaven) went to live on the farm with their Aunt Mabel and Uncle Will Westmoreland and cousin Bonnie. He attended DeWitt High School and worked for Central Wrecking Company for 17 years. After the firm went out of business, he became an operating engineer at Brown Brothers Construction in Lansing.

   Paul and his first wife had three children, Paula, Anne and Jim and two step-children, Mack and Diane Deeds. Paul played softball on a league for years as shortstop. He drove the Girl Scout’s float every year in the Laingsburg parade, and was a trustee in the Methodist Church.

   In 1976 Paul married Caroline Seller and moved to Meredith, Michigan. She had four daughters whom he raised, Ingrid, Anna, Ellen and Sonja Dean. The couple had one son, Daniel. Paul loved sports, hunting and fishing. He coached Little League and umpired at the Meredith ball field. He was a founding member of the Meredith pool league and at one time was known as the best pool shot in Clare County. In later years, he liked to play shuffleboard every week at Elbow Lake Bar, and nobody ever could beat him at Euchre or Cribbage. His neighbors remember him as a man with great integrity who never refused to help others. He cut grass on the roadsides for the whole neighborhood. He was a devoted family man, husband and father and was exceedingly proud of the ten children that called him “Dad.”

   He is survived by his wife, Caroline; daughters, Paula Wiles of Hubbardston, Michigan and Ann Turner of Chilocothe, Illinois; sons, Jim Dunlap of Marble Falls, Texas and Daniel Dunlap of Merritt, Michigan; step-son, Mack Deeds; step-daughters, Diane Harris of Dandridge, Tennessee, Ingrid Dean of Traverse City, Anna McDonald of Southfield, Ellen Driesbaugh of Battle Creek and Sonja Dean of Kalamazoo; and first cousin, Bonnie Wickerham of DeWitt.

   In celebration of his life, a onehour Memorial Service will be held at Grass Lake Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. with dinner and open house afterwards until 3 p.m.

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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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