Lawrence Dale ‘L.D.’ Dunavin was born in Thayer, Missouri, the son of Paul Matthew Dunavin and Opal Lucille Malone Dunavin on August 15, 1929. He departed this life on August 9, 2019 at his home in Pittsburg, Missouri at the age of 89 years, just a few days before his 90th birthday.
He was united in marriage to Wilma Louise Howell on August 15, 1946, just a few days short of celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma Dunavin, of the home in Pittsburg, Missouri; his two daughters, Linda Boettger (Kent) and Beverly Casteel; two sisters, Paula Duffy (Dino) and Barbara Stewart; four brothers, Dan Dunavin (Peggy), Dennis Dunavin, Garry Dunavin (Fran) and Terry Dunavin (Annie); five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Dunavin and Opal Staton; his son, Larry Dunavin; grandparents, Elvis (Bullet) and Florence Malone; and two brothers, Bob and Rod Dunavin.
L.D. was a carpenter by trade and worked himself up to Superintendent on many commercial construction jobs in the Omaha area and the job he was most proud of, the Monastery in Schyler, Nebraska.
He and Wilma retired in 1979 to Pomme De Terre Lake area and attended the Pomme De Terre Southern Baptist Church in Pittsburg, Missouri. Their home was often filled with family and friends. Everyone loved to go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.
L.D. will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother and a friend to all. He will truly be missed by all that knew him.
A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Koshkonong Cemetery in Koshkonong, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pomme De Terre Southern Baptist Church, 25459 State Hwy 64, Pittsburg, MO 65714
Arrangements are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.