Paul Ned Dunbar

March 14, 1929 ~ January 16, 2020 (age 90)


Ned Dunbar
March 14, 1929 - January 16, 2020

Paul “Ned” Dunbar, age 90, peacefully passed away holding Dorothy’s hand, his wife of 70 years, on Thursday, January 16, 2020.  
He was born on March 14, 1929 in Defiance, Ohio to Lawrence and Elise (Drexler) Dunbar.  He graduated in 1947 from Jewell High School where he majored in baseball and basketball with a minor in tennis. He served with the Ohio National Guard and played baseball with the American Legion.  He farmed with Dorothy his entire life in the Jewell area and was a member of the Volunteer Fire Department.  Ned was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, using his voice to praise God with the choir.  He was a great pitcher and had the distinction of being the oldest member to ever take the field for the church softball team.  He was quick with a smile, had a cartoon character laugh, especially when he was telling his own jokes.  
Ned is survived by his loving wife Dorothy, his son David (Jean) Dunbar of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, daughters Diane Barton of Akron, Ohio, Debra (Doug) Hancock of Defiance, Ohio, and Dawn (Glenn) Sulpizio of Kalamazoo, Michigan, 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and his brother Don.  He was preceded in death by his son Dennis, infant son Robert, and his sister Paula Hanover.  
Visitation will be held Monday, January 20, from 4-8 PM at Schaffer Funeral Home, 529 Jefferson Avenue, Defiance. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 671 Clinton Street, Defiance at 11 AM Tuesday, January 21 with visitation one hour prior to the service followed by a luncheon. A brief graveside service will be held at Florida Cemetery at 2 PM.  Services will be officiated by Pastor Dave Brobston.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jewell Volunteer Fire Department or St. Paul Lutheran Church. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.  Condolences can be left at

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January 20, 2020

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Funeral Service
January 21, 2020

11:00 AM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

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