Richard Dunlap

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

CLARK, Pa. -- Richard Donald Dunlap, 76, of Clark, Pa., passed away Thursday, June 4, 2009.

Richard was born Aug. 15, 1932, in Manchester, Iowa, a son of Donald and Helen McCandless Dunlap.

He graduated in 1950 from Ames High School and attended Iowa State University.

Richard served in the 34th Infantry Division of the National Guard from 1949 to 1952.

He was a certified electronics manufacturing engineer. While living in Cape Girardeau Richard was employed by and/or owned several electronics companies, including Davis Electric, Lenco and DiTech. After retiring in 2000, he became an engineering consultant and was still designing and building electronic parts and equipment.

Although Richard's work was his hobby, he also enjoyed racing, beginning in his teen years. He raced go carts and formula cars competitively in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), his last race being the weekend of his 75th birthday. Richard was one of the first to design timing and scoring equipment for NASCAR tracks in the country. He was currently a regional and national tech inspector for SCCA.

Richard was an avid pilot and a member of the Pilot's Club many years. While a resident of Clark, he was a council member for the borough and a current member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Greenville, Pa.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Leimer) Dunlap, whom he married May 21, 1988, in Conway, Ark.; two daughters, Kathie (Calvin) Brennan of Cape Girardeau, Pamela Zwart of Lexington, Ky.; a son, Ian of Clark, who is currently in basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C. Grandchildren are Elizabeth Estes-Barr, Casey Brennan and Emily Brennan-Williams, Eric and Allan Zwart; great-grandchildren are Maddie and Anna Barr and Stratton Williams; two brothers, Robert Dunlap of Iowa, Tom Dunlap of New York; and a sister, Cecelia Kemmerer of Iowa.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Estes, and a son, Richard Mark Dunlap.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cape County Memorial Park.

Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 1653, Topeka, Kan., 66601-1653, or to the R. Mark Dunlap Scholarship at Southeast Missouri State University.