Billy Pat Dunnahoo, 83, died Thursday, March 7, 2019, at his Benton residence. He was born June 13, 1935, in Colorado City, Texas, to Alferd (Buster) and Ethel May (Murphy) Dunnahoo.
On Jan. 12, 1985, he married Shirley A. Fish at Topeka, and she survives of the home. Billy grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, and always retained his love of his home state.
Billy served his county in the U.S. Army stationed in Korea, Japan and Germany. He had a love of his country and was proud to serve in the Army.
He worked several jobs during his working career including building furniture, machinist and Excel Industries and as a custodian in his later years. Billy loved to be kept busy and always had a project to work on. He enjoyed bowling, fishing and two-step dancing.
Family was important to Billy, and he looked forward to spending time with his loving family and many friends.
He is survived by his wife Shirley of the home; one son Gary Dunnahoo of Peabody; two daughters Janie Gonzalez and Sherry Dunnahoo, both of Newton; stepdaughters Diane Hyden of Wichita, Laura Gile of Derby and Cheryl McCormick of Benton; one brother Ben Dunnahoo of Belton, Texas; and one sister Kay Ursprung of Corpus Christi, Texas. He also is survived by 18 grandchildren 40 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton with the Rev. Donna Voteau presiding. Private family interment will take place.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association in care of Petersen Funeral Home.