Dr. Rev. Carl F. Dunker, age 92, of Asheboro passed away peacefully at his home on March 7, 2022.
Dr. Dunker was born on Nov. 27, 1929, in Cairo, Illinois, and was a 1947 graduate of Cairo High School. He was a 1953 graduate of Greenville University in Greenville, IL, and a 1956 graduate of Butler University, earning his MA in 1957. In 1990, he earned his PhD from International Bible College and continued his graduate work at Duke Divinity School and UNC-G.
Carl preached his first sermon at Tigert Memorial United Methodist Church in 1948. He served at multiple churches in Illinois and North Carolina through six decades until retiring in 1995 to Asheboro, NC. After retiring, Carl continued to be active in the community YMCA, Senior Games, articles in Randolph Guide, part-time ministry to local churches, and letters of ministry and updates to family and friends, the last being December 2021.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Joseph and Lavonia Dunker; wife, Barbara; sister, Shirley; and brother, Joe Kenneth Dunker.
He is survived by his children, David Dunker of Asheboro, Barbara Roe (Charles) of Silver Spring, MD, and Steven Dunker (Gwyn) of New Bern; grandchildren, Mark Dunker (Angie) of Greensboro, Jason Dunker (Kisha) of Carolina Beach, and Sarah Dunker of New Bern; great-grandchildren, Austin, Meredith and Peyton; brothers, Jack Dunker of Vienna, IL, Wilbur Dunker (Peggy) of Paducah, KY; sisters, Kay Niestrath (Nick), Mary Jane Edmonds (Randy) of Anna, IL, and Judy Wadley of Mounds, IL; and special friend, Vickie Teague of Asheboro.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 12, at 1 p.m. at Tigert Memorial United Methodist Church, 3302 Washington Ave., Cairo, IL, with Rev. Doug Atkins officiating. Carl's body will lie in repose one-half hour before the service at the church. Burial will be held in Green Lawn Memorial Gardens, Old Hwy US 51, Villa Ridge, IL.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Randolph, 416 Vision Drive, Asheboro, NC 27203.
Pugh Funeral Home in Asheboro, NC, and Crain Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Cairo, IL, are serving the Dunker family.
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