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World War II veteran Bob Lunoe was born the son of Leslie Robert Lunoe and Hazel Nelson Lunoe in the Chicago, Ill., area on June 26, 1923, and departed this life in Marshfield, Mo., on Feb. 25, 2007, at the age of 83.
In World War II, Bob served his country with great distinction achieving the rank of PFC in the Civil Engineers Corp and working in Iceland, France, and Germany. Bob received the Bronze Star as well as the Purple Heart.
After the war Bob spent a great deal of time working around and with steam locomotives. He was historian of the Yosemite Valley Railroad and was very proud of his two year service working at the Chicago Railroad Fair in the late 40s. He earned a degree in business from Monmouth College in Illinois.
On Nov. 24, 1951, Bob and Elsie Arlene Branom were united in marriage in Chicago, Ill., and to this union two children were born. Bob was also a farmer and a member of the Ava United Methodist Church.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Elsie Arlene in 2004, and a son, Bill.
His survivors include his daughter, Joan Lunoe and husband, Scott Kennedy, Bronx, N. Y.; a niece, Cris Neighbors, Tucson, Ariz.; one nephew, Rick Bloomquist, Milwaukee, Wisc.; and many special friends at Ava United Methodist Church.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 3, at 1 p.m. at the Ava United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Greg Dowler officiating. Burial of cremains will be in the Springfield National Cemetery at a later date.
Services are being conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneralhome. com. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Disabled American Veteran’s Charitable Service Trust, www.dav.org.