John Richard “Dick” Dunlap, The Legend, was born as he grabbed the heels of his Sweet Twin Sister, Beatrice Dunlap Berger, on August 27, 1935 in Cochise, Arizona.
John Richard “Dick” Dunlap, The Legend, was born as he grabbed the heels of his Sweet Twin Sister, Beatrice Dunlap Berger, on August 27, 1935 in Cochise, Arizona. Parents John and Mabel Dunlap would soon learn they had their hands full with the pair.
He attended Cochise Elementary through the 8th grade and Wilcox High School, until he graduated as second in a class of three. (Of course his twin, Bea, was valedictorian). At the age of 12 he had started working for various ranches around Cochise, and the Legend began.
He met Rosetta Jacob from Winters, TX. when she went to Arizona for a cousin’s wedding. She told him she was going to marry him on the second date, on the third date, he proposed. They were married at St. John’s Lutheran in Winters, Texas on October 20, 1956. The cowboy and his farm girl enjoyed a loving marriage as their family grew to include Ricky, Leslie and Robby Jack. He took a few breaks from being a working cowboy by working at the Arizona Electric Power Company, farming with his father-in-law, and working the Potash Mines in Carlsbad, N.M., but he always returned to what he was born to do. He did custom cattle work in Runnels County, and was foreman of the Double V ranch at Fort Sumner, N.M. and the Jornada Experimental Range in Las Cruces, N.M. where he retired from in 1999. He and Rosetta made their retirement home in Winters, Texas, where they enjoyed gardening, sitting in the yard drinking coffee, and old cars. He was well known for his knowledge about cattle and horses and he was always willing to talk cows to those that sought his advise.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his older brother, Bob; his sister, Georgie Monzingo; his in-laws Lawrence and Leona Jacob; and his granddaughter Katie Rochelle Miller.
Dick is survived by his wife, Rosetta Dunlap; his children, Ricky Dunlap and wife Tammy; Leslie Dunlap and Rob Dunlap. He is also survived by his grandchildren Richard and wife Amanda, Luther and wife Kelsi, Jacob and spouse Josh, and Tristen Dunlap. Great-grandchildren Hitch, Tripp, Skeet, Levi, Logan, and Kelbi Jeanne. Sister Mary and husband Don, and of course, his twin sister, Bea Burger along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and Friends from all over.
Even though he always joked about being a “Legend in his Own Mind,” those that knew and loved him knew him as a Christian, a family man, a cowboy, and a True Legend. Ride on Cowboy, to those green pastures you yearned for.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00P.M. on Monday March 13, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Miles, Texas with a memorial service held at 3:00P.M. at the church.
Memorials may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 265, Miles, TX., 76861.