In Memory of Gary Dunn

A final "Ship's Ahoy" send-off

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday February 8, 2019
Old Ptaceks Event Center
1449 Orrin Road
Prescott WI, 54021

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Gary L. Dunn, a longtime resident of Prescott, WI, passed away at the age of 76 on Feb 1, 2019, after a brief stay in the hospital. He is survived by his spouse, Sheila Durbin Dunn; daughter Robyn (Christopher) Couillard, of Cottage Grove, MN; daughter Darbie (Chad) Johnson, and granddaughters Cambel and Ruby Johnson of Prescott, WI; sister Shirley (Roger) Klein; treasured nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends. Gary was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William, Francis, Eugene, James, Kenneth, and Dwight; and sisters Norma (Denny) Hagenson, Bonita (Ed) Kylmanen, and Darlene (George) Aus.

Gary was born on July 20, 1942 in Carrington, ND, to Daisy (Imler) and Thomas Dunn, as one of the younger members of a large family. He grew up and attended school in Carrington. Gary survived polio at a young age and in spite of his physical disabilities, went on to enjoy life, entertaining family and friends with his quick sense of humor and mischievous personality. He attended college at Valley City State University and North Dakota State University and was a loyal fan of the NDSU Bison, the Green Bay Packers, and the Prescott (WI) Cardinals. He enjoyed a career in the life insurance industry, working for various insurers in the states of North Dakota and Minnesota, and had been retired for many years. Gary was active in civic affairs, serving on the city council and as mayor of the City of Prescott, WI.

One of his favorite times, in summers’ past, as captain of the Dunn IV and Dungaree II, was to entertain family and friends, cruising up and down the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers. Whether jumping wakes, pulling up on a sandy beach, or sitting at the dock, every outing was an adventure for all aboard. For most of his life, while seated in his captain’s chair or around a table with family and friends, Gary’s personality encouraged one and all to enjoy life through laughter and camaraderie.

Join Gary’s family and friends for a final “Ship’s Ahoy” send-off on Friday, February 8, 2019, from 4:00-8:00pm, at the Old Ptaceks Event Center, 1449 Orrin Road in Prescott, WI. Dress in your favorite Prescott Cardinal, Green Bay Packer, or NDSU Bison gear is encouraged. In lieu of flowers, memorials honoring Gary may be directed to the Prescott Foundation, PO Box 392, Prescott WI 54021 or www.prescottfoundation.com . Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of Prescott, WI. 715-262-5404

Gary's Tribute Wall

Tributes (16):

  • Thank you to everyone who has posted a tribute in memory of Gary. He was a fun-loving guy who truly enjoyed socializing with old friends and making new ones. Your tributes have captured his personality and I know he is smiling down on every one of you. Remember him with a toast the next time you have your favorite beverage in hand:)
    Thank you very much.

  • Gary was a big supporter of the Prescott Fire Department. We will miss him at our fundraisers and other social events. He liked to interact with us all and we liked having him around. Our sympathies to Sheila and the Dunn family.

  • To the Dunn Family:
    Dave and I sure enjoyed talking with him at all the athletic events he attended. He always seemed to go out of his way to strike up a conversation while he was buzzing around on his scooter. We enjoyed his sincere conversations! He will truly be missed. Prayers go out to each member of your family.

  • Am sad to hear of Gary’s passing. Gary was one of my favorite classmates all through school. Please accept my sympathy.

  • To Robyn (Chris), and the Dunn family, my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. There are no words or gestures that can fill the void the loss of a loved one brings,. In the days to come it is my prayer and wish that the surrounding of friends and family will bring a warm feeling to you and family of how much we love you and the celebration of “Garys” life will bring comfort to sustain you. All my love. 🙏

  • Our sympathy and blessings to Gary Dunn’s family. We recall many times having so much fun laughing and enjoying his “wit and wisdom” in Florida. He certainly was kind-hearted and truly will be missed.

  • We were so sorry to hear about Gary! We have so many great memories of fun times together! He had a great sense of humor and it was always so much fun to talk and laugh with him! May all your fondest memories give you comfort and peace! Our sympathy and prayers to everyone in your family! Bev and Don Kreye

  • I’m so sorry to read that Gary passed away
    He was one of those specal people that always brings a
    smile to my smile. We were blessed to now him
    Blessings to you & your family. Karen

  • Gary was such a fun guy to know. He was a true sports fan and we enjoyed chatting with him at the ballgames. He will be missed. Prayers for him and for his family. Denny and Diane Olson

  • Oh, Sheila, I am so very sorry for all of you! Gary was one of my most favorite people, and definitely my favorite dancing partners. My heart is with you. Maria

  • Sheila and family
    So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I visited with him about three weeks ago and so glad I called. We had a good visit about old times. We had a lot of fun running around together at Carrington. He was always so fun to be with and a good friend. He will be missed.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    LeRoy and Lori Hart

  • Dearest Robyn, my heart is with you today and always. I hope that you can find some comfort in those memories of your dad you hold closest to your heart. To the entire Dunn family I wish you peace in this difficult time.

  • So long Gary, what a great guy. Remember in the quarter we were roommates at NDSU,. What a time and remembering the years of friendship in Prescott.
    My condolences go out to his family.

  • I grew up across the street from Gary. I will always remember Gary for his sense of humor. I think the funniest thing he did was at my wedding. I had a group of friends that always dress in crazy outfits and hit the dance floor. In true Gary fashion he grabbed my hairiest friend who was dressed in drag and had him dance on the front of his scooter while he drove him around the dance floor. Gary you will be missed my friend

    Nick harmon

  • Knowing Gary for 43 yrs. Has been very special to us. With Gary’s great sense of humor & quick wit he put a smile on everyones face and created lots of fun & Laughter throughout the years. Having Gary as a neighbor, fun travels & boating adventures together & numerous other great experiences we feel very fortunate to have had such a great friend. So HERES TO YOU GARY….be at peace & thanks for all the GREAT MEMORIES…..Our love & sympathy Marge & Al

  • Gary was an inspiration to many.He never let his disability stop him from doing anything. He used to stop here on his way to IGA, before it moved across the highway , visited with us sitting on our front veranda. We missed that when the store moved. He always had a smile. He will be missed by many.Thinking of you ,Sheila and and your family.