Robert Dunaway


Robert Dunaway, 88

Longtime Alaska resident Robert W. Dunaway, 88, died Sept. 11, 2005, of lung cancer at his Anchorage home with his family at his side.

At his request, no services will be held.

Mr. Dunaway was born April 19, 1917, in Alturas, Calif., to Rose Ellen and Clinton Dunaway. At a young age, his family moved to Everett, Wash., where he graduated from Garfield High School. The next two years, Mr. Dunaway worked on a ranch near Klamath Falls, Ore.

He then moved to San Francisco, where he worked for the Frigidaire Co. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps shortly after Pearl Harbor and served three years as a fighter plane mechanic crew chief in North Africa, Sicily and India.

Through the GI Bill, Mr. Dunaway studied engineering at the University of Washington. He spent summer breaks working with the Alaska Railroad in Anchorage beginning in 1946.

Mr. Dunaway moved to Alaska in 1949 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He first worked for the Army Corps of Engineers to survey various DEW and White Alice sites in Western Alaska and later worked in the engineering and design sections there.

After a brief stint working in Japan in 1950, he returned to the Corps of Engineers in 1951. During the next year, he met fellow employee, Marjean Orr. They were married Nov. 1, 1953.

From the mid 1950s, Mr. Dunaway worked for Morrison Knutson and other private engineering firms, then operated his own firm for 12 years. He returned to the Corps of Engineers in the early '70s, finishing his career as design chief and retiring in 1982.

Mr. Dunaway spent his retirement years fishing the Kenai River and working in his large vegetable garden, furnishing many friends and neighbors with fresh produce.

Survivors are his son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Marjorie Dunaway of Dillingham; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Mark Carothers of Fairbanks; and grandchildren, Laurel Carothers of Fairbanks, Kristen Carothers (who is studying in Oregon), Luke Carothers of Tucson, Ariz., and Benjamin Dunaway and Emmett Dunaway, both of Dillingham.

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Arrangements were by Witz-leben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory.