Jerome H. “Jerry” Dunbar
July 2, 1939 - April 30, 2019
Jerome H. “Jerry” Dunbar, 79, of Mason City died Tuesday (April 30, 2019) at his home in Mason City after a courageous three year battle with esophageal cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday (May 4, 2019) at Epiphany Parish – Holy Family Catholic Church, 722 N. Adams Ave., Mason City, with the Rev. Jacob Rouse as Celebrant.
Visitation with public viewing will be held Friday evening (May 3, 2019) at Holy Family Catholic Church from 4 pm until 7 pm, a Scriptural Wake service will begin at 7 pm.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorials may be left in Jerry's name to Newman Catholic Schools and Epiphany Parish.
Jerome Hanlon Dunbar was born July 2, 1939 to James and Opal (DeVries) Dunbar in Forest City, IA. He attended and graduated from Forest City Schools in 1957. Following his graduation he attended Loras College before entering the United States Army where most of his tour of duty was spent playing football in Germany for the Blue Spaders, 26th Infantry team.
Following his military service he attended and graduated from North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) where he was a member of the Trojan football team, receiving All American Honorable Mention in 1962. He received his Bachelor's degree at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He taught at Riverdale Junior High, Meservey Thornton, and Clarion Schools. In 1976 he became the football coach and director of housing at NIACC, later becoming the baseball coach and Athletic Director, retiring in 2001.
Jerry enjoyed all sports related activities, golfing, and fishing, but especially relished all the time after his retirement he spent coaching junior high sports at Newman schools and especially cherished the opportunity to coach his grandchildren in their activities.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret, Mason City; his daughters, Monica (Tim) Steinauer, Macomb, IL, Kelly (John) Fischer, Nora Springs, and Molly (Dan) Verstegen, Mason City; grandchildren, Allison, Laura, Drew and his wife, Jenny, Sarah, Tyler, Joey, Hannah, Ryan, and Emma; great grandchildren, Leroy and Vinny; three brothers, Bill (Jane) Dunbar, Mike (Peggy) Dunbar, and Francis Dunbar; five brothers in law; six sisters in law; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended relatives and many friends.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents and parents in law; and brothers, John and Jim.
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