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Source: Iowa Cremation

Robert Dunaway
Robert (Bob) Dunaway, age 77, of Altoona, died April 11, 2022. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at Terrace Hills Golf Course (8700 NE 46th Avenue, Altoona).

Bob is survived by his wife, Marvel; his children Lynne (Gary) Thornton of Ankeny; Brad (Lisa) of Portland, Oregon; and Jenni (Peter) Grandgeorge of Bondurant.

Bob loved spending time with his family, especially attending his grandkids' games, concerts and activities and taking them for golf cart rides. He was well known in the neighborhood for walking the dogs multiple times a day; and he loved being outside, working in the yard on his John Deere.

Bob enjoyed his work as a writer, photographer and editor for Wallaces Farmer magazine for 18 years, a columnist for Iowa Farmer Today for nearly 20 years and helping many Iowa farmers plan their estates for tax savings and business continuation.

His favorite work was his volunteer work, mostly through the Kiwanis service organization, having a positive impact on children's lives.

Former co-worker at Farm Progress Rod Swoboda reports:

He was indeed an accomplished writer and editor, specializing in tax and financial management. He helped many Iowa farmers plan their estates for tax savings and business continuation.

Last fall Bob contacted me letting me know he had recently finished writing a book titled "A School in a Box." It's about the one-room country school Bob (and many of his relatives) attended near Enterprise, Iowa. It's 154 pages well-written and illustrated. He devoted a lot of time digging up facts, interviewing people and finding photos and drawings of that old one-room school. The book's title comes from a box of records about the school's history from as far back as 1875.

Bob starts the introduction: "On March 1, 1958 the doors of Enterprise School were closed to the last 9 of us elementary students. It was open for 83 years...and now it was no longer open."

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