Charles Dunbar Jr., 74, Emmons

Published 10:01 am Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Charles (Chuck) Steven Dunbar Jr., 74, of Emmons, died peacefully Thursday, July 18, 2013, at his home from Urothelial Carcinoma of the renal pelvis cancer, surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Mansfield Lutheran Church and for one hour prior to the funeral at Mansfield Lutheran Church in rural Alden. The funeral service starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Don Rose officiating. Interment will be at Mansfield Lutheran Cemetery in rural Alden following the service. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is in charge of arrangements. Please see to leave online condolences.

Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

Charles S. Dunbar, Jr. was born June 5, 1939, in Alden Township in his great-grandfather Martin (Frank) Korn’s home. He was born to Charles S. and Wilma (Korn) Dunbar, Sr. A lifelong resident of Freeborn and Faribault County, Chuck attended District No. 121 country school and Kiester School. Chuck was active in the FFA. He served two years in the U.S. Army, training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., as part of the 524th QM Company and was honorably discharged in October 1964. While in the service he met his love, Minnie Evelyn Carmack, and was united in marriage on Aug. 15, 1964, at the Methodist Church in Waynesville, Mo. They returned to Minnesota where he worked at Wells Concrete Products Co.: Prestress Division for 18 years and lived on his farm and continued to be actively involved in agriculture all his life. In 1976, he took over the family farm and moved to his beloved home that he had lived in since he was 5 years old in the Mansfield Township. Chuck was baptized on July 2, 1939, at Faith Lutheran Church in Walters and confirmed in his Lutheran faith on Aug. 2, 1953, by the Rev. Arnold Wuertz at the Mansfield Lutheran Church. He loved farming, auctions and especially being with family and friends. He enjoyed his farm and tractors. He was very proud that he was able to donate 12 gallons of blood to the Red Cross. Chuck was very proud of his ancestry history as he was descendants of Stephen Hopkins family that came to America on the Mayflower. Chuck and Minnie Evelyn enjoyed doing genealogy and learning about their family. He even initiated the reprint of the “History of Faribault County Minnesota” by Kiester.

Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Minnie Evelyn of Emmons; son, Charles Steven (Cammie) Dunbar, III of San Marcos, Calif.; three granddaughters, Ashley Dunbar of Buckeye, Ariz., Courtney Dunbar of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Hannah Dunbar of Emmons; his mother, Wilma Dunbar of Kiester; sister, Audrey (Wayne) Livingston of Wanamingo, mother-in-law, Lucy Carmack of Norfolk, Va., four brothers-in-law, Louie (Joyce) Carmack of Roby, Mo., Roger (Jennifer) Carmack of Longmont, Colo., Ross (Marie) Carmack of Jonesborough, Tenn., Gale Rose-Carmack of Norfolk; along with many aunts and uncles, first cousins, nieces and nephews and their families.

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He was preceded in death by his father and his father-in-law Louie Carmack.

Any monetary gifts will be given in memory of Charles to the Mansfield Lutheran Church towards the restoration of the stain glass windows.