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NORMAL — Ralph M. Dunbar, 72, of Normal died at 1:02 a.m. Friday (May 20, 2011) at Heartland Manor Care, Normal.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. There will be no visitation. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sugar Grove Nature Center, 4532 N. 725 East Road, McLean, IL 61754; or International Crane Foundation, E11376 Shady Lane Road, Baraboo, WI 53913.

He was born Jan. 4, 1939, in Normal, a son of Vaughn and Bernadine Miller Dunbar. He married Elaine E. Kaiser on Sept. 4, 1965, in Kewanee. Elaine survives.

Also surviving are a sister, Mary Jane Handlin of Cape Haze, Fla.; and a sister-in-law, Lucy Dunbar of Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles Dunbar; and a sister, Barbara Clearman.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving from 1958 to 1962. Mr. Dunbar worked in property control for Illinois State University for nearly 30 years before retirement.

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