William "Bill" Dunlap '51
September 6, 2019 8:42 AM
updated: September 6, 2019 8:44 AM
Sullivan Funeral Home obituary
1801 Houston Street
Vernon, Texas 76384
William Joe Dunlap
October 9, 1929 - September 2, 2019
William J. (Bill) Dunlap was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on October 9, 1929, to Oscar and Lanie Dunlap. After a short time in Hardeman County Texas, the family moved to Oklahoma City where he grew up in a happy and loving home. William passed away Monday,
September 2, 2019 in Quanah, Texas.
After graduating from Classan High School, Bill attended Texas A&M where he graduated second in his class, earned a Bachelor's of Science in Food Science Technology and was commissioned into the United States Army. Bill then served his county as a Lieutenant
in the closing days of the Korean War, earning a Purple Heart for wounds suffered while attempting to turn a strong Chinese attack on American positions. After returning from Korea, Bill worked briefly in the food industry prior to enrolling in the University
of Oklahoma to pursue a graduate degree. While attending OU, he met and married the love of his life, Lilly Bell Dunlap on June 2, 1957.
Upon graduating, Bill worked for Kerr-McGee in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, before accepting a position at the Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Laboratory in Ada, Oklahoma. During his tenure at Kerr Lab, Bill worked with a group he referred to as his "Band
of Brothers" as they developed techniques and made the first steps in the study of ground water pollution.
In January of 1969, Bill and Lilly had a son, Jeffrey Dunlap, and raised him in Ada. Despite the press of his work, Bill always had time for his family, and never was a son more loved. After retiring in 1991, Bill and Lilly moved to Oklahoma City and enjoyed
travel and an active social life. On March 26, 2001, their grandson, William Thomas Dunlap was born, and they both got to see him grow up into a fine young man. Bill was preceded by Lilly Bell Dunlap on March 5, 2015 and leaves behind Jeffrey Dunlap, son,
and William Thomas Dunlap, grandson and numerous other friends and family. He will be sorely missed.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the Methodist Church in Chillicothe, Texas.
First United Methodist Church - Chillicothe, Texas
Saturday, September 07, 2019
301 Ave. J
Chillicothe, TX 79225