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William Victor Dunn

June 9, 1931 — April 18, 2019

     William Victor Dunn (Bill) was born June 9, 1931, at Dunning Nebraska, to Percy L and Ethel R (Warren) Dunn, the first of three sons. His family lived near Purdum, Nebraska where they engaged in ranching. Bill attended rural school in Blaine County through his sophomore year and then lived with his Aunt and Uncle in Oshkosh where he graduated from Oshkosh High School. He was drafted into the Army and fought in Korea until an injury ended his active service. Upon returning home he sought out a pen pal from the Army, meeting Roberta Lela Morris at her high school football game. They were married September 11, 1955, at Broken Bow, Nebraska. The couple left immediately to attend college at Bryan University in Dayton, Tennessee. Less than a year later, they returned to begin ranching and farming near Bill's childhood home. Two daughters, Teresa and Carmela, were born and raised in this home.

     Bill and Roberta remained on this place until an unexpected opportunity in 1986, took them to Diamond Lake ranch in Brown County. They lived out their days ranching, enjoying nature, God's abundance and family. Bill passed away very suddenly, April 18, 2019, while visiting his brother, Jim Dunn, and family in Texas.

     Survivors include: wife, Roberta Dunn, Ainsworth, NE; two daughters: Teresa (Dan) Kennedy, Purdum, NE, Carmela (Mike) Barna, Phoenix, AZ; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; brother: Jim (Lucille) Dunn, Amarillo, TX; sisters-in-law: MaryLou Dunn, Fort Collins, CO; Mary Ann Hauser, Broken Bow, NE; brothers-in-law: Leon (Judy) Morris, Purdum, NE; Louis (Kay) Morris, mobile home USA; Duane Christiansen, Ansley, NE; and many nieces and nephews; his church family and a host of friends.

     Bill was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother: Jerry Dunn, brother-in-law: Aloysius Hauser, sister-in-law: Genieve Christiansen.

     Bill enjoyed life to its fullest. He loved family, farming (Roberta used to say he had dirt in his veins instead of blood), talking to friends, meeting new people, inventing solutions for problems, reading and most of all he loved God. Bill devoted much of his life to knowing God and helping others to know God. He read through the entire Bible for 23 straight years and was on his 24th year when he went home to be with his Lord.

     Funeral services for Bill will be Friday, April 26, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at the Elsmere Bible Church in Elsmere, NE with Pastor Les Canfield officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., with family greeting 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow, NE. Govier Brothers Mortuary are in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be left at


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