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Phillip A. Dunlop

Phillip passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2020 in Kalamazoo.

He was born February 10, 1926 in Grand Rapids, MI to Earle and Rosa (Brace) Dunlop. He grew up working alongside his father on the Dunlop Orchard on Pine Lake and took the business over in the early 60’s when his father retired. Phillip was a lifelong member of the Horticulturist Society and always attended the yearly show in Grand Rapids. He loved spending time on the lake and was known for giving thrill rides on his golf cart going over the hill. He faithfully attended church and loved his family.

On May 1, 1945 at the Plainwell Baptist Church he married Jacqueline J. Johnson and they enjoyed 67 years of marriage. Jackie preceded him in death in 2012. On January 1, 2013 he wed Lucy (Henry) Hulbert who survives.

Also surviving are his daughters, Patricia Flanders of Grand Rapids, Phyllis (Gary) Rogers of Otsego and Rose (Jerry) Robart of Plainwell; grandchildren, Wendie Honeysett, Matt Rogers, Rachel Flickinger, Renee Compston, Cara Kuipers, Brandon Robart and Luke Robart; 14 great-grandchildren; many extended family members and special friend, Mark Sherman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jackie, two sons-in-law, Steven Spencer and Verl Flanders and brothers, David and Paul.

Burial has taken place at Prairieville Cemetery.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Phillip may be made to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission or the East Martin Christian School.

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Jeff Bishop

December 2, 2020 at 5:35 pm

I’m so sorry to hear this. He was truly a gentleman and fixture of Pine Lake.


Mark and Marilyn Abernathy

December 2, 2020 at 8:01 pm

We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Dunlops’s passing. We used to enjoy our visits with him and Mrs.Dunlop at the Pine Lake Diner and Bowen’s Resturant until her passing. I had happened to mention to him I would love to stop and get a few apples from him and he said “come over anytime” so we stopped one day and he invited us in and showed us around his home and shared his history with us and the history of the beautiful flowering tree in the front yard. We had a wonderful visit! Then we used to meet him with his new bride at the restaurants and we were so happy to see him so happy. He is one of the kindest, friendliest gentleman I have ever met. Rest In Peace Mr. Dunlop we will miss you!


Linda and Art Ribble

December 2, 2020 at 8:07 pm

Sorry to hear of your loss. My father and Phil were good friends for many many years.


Judy Chybik

December 2, 2020 at 11:24 pm

So sorry to hear this. Phil was our neighbor at Pine Lake and a very nice, hard working, and amazing human being!

Mark and Melissa and all of Phil’s Daughters and Family, Phil is an Angel with the Lord watching over all of you. He will

always be with all of you in Good Memories and in your Hearts Rest In Peace Mr. Phillip Dunlop❤️

Mike and Judy Chybik


Teresa Galloway

December 3, 2020 at 6:11 am

So sorry for your loss. Phyllis I know you have many great memories to cherish forever.❤


Vicky and Jerry Morse

December 3, 2020 at 8:38 am

So sorry to hear of Mr. Donlop’s passing. Great guy. My grandparents farm on Marsh road butted up to the back of the apple orchard. I used to walk back there with my cousins. We would grab an apple from the ground to eat. When I became and adult I worked picking apples for him. He taught me quite a bit about the picking and handling of the apples. His were always the best. Rest In Peace Mr. Donlop. My deepest condolences to the wife and family and friends


Randy Ford

December 3, 2020 at 9:12 am

So sorry to hear that Phil has passed. Our families have been area friends forever. The great memories of the orchard visits and being allowed to steal an apple or two will not be forgotten . He was a member of the local church, strong in his faith. I always enjoyed talking with Phil. To the family…your father was a great man….


Jason Davis

December 3, 2020 at 9:12 pm

My condolences to you and your family. While I never met the man it sounds like he was very respected by those who did know him.

Given the history in this obituary, I believe he was my second cousin.


Kevin DeKoekkoek

December 4, 2020 at 5:33 pm

Have fond memories of Mr. Dunlop.

He was a friend of my fathers , Joe. Was always impressed by the size of his feet , as a kid. He let Dad borrow his motor home , in 1980 and we took a family trip of a lifetime out west. Enjoyed many apples from him , as well. So glad he was such a man of faith.


Cheryl VanderVeen (Champion)

December 6, 2020 at 2:25 pm

I’m very sorry for your families loss. Phill was friends with my parents for many years. And has been a fine presence on Ine Lake for many years. Rest In Peace Mr. Dunlop.


john holtman

December 6, 2020 at 7:20 pm

phil was a great man ive known him for over 40 yrs he was a tough man with a loving heart would do what ever he could to tell or teach you his experiences told me he was going to weigh me before id pick wasnt afraid to tell you about the lord i will truely miss him he was always my go toteacher


Scott Cook

December 7, 2020 at 8:01 am

Phil I can not thank you enough for the decades of friendship. Always a kind word and the time for a chat. I was indeed blessed

Phyllis and family you already know how lucky you were to having him so close to you in your life. He shall always be with you.


Susan Bagley

December 7, 2020 at 12:10 pm

Mr. Dunlop was a friend to all and he was a friend to our family as long as I can remember. I remember going to get apples with my grandfather and looking way up! He was a friend to my parents and the last couple years eating at Bowens with my mom.


Phil & Susan Bosma

December 7, 2020 at 3:44 pm

Phil was a remarkable Christian man and a person who worked tirelessly & gave so much of himself and his blessings to others. We pray the Lord comforts your family with peace until you meet Him again in the Kingdom of God, with your Savior Jesus Christ.

We always enjoyed getting to share dinner with him, your Mother and then with Lucy too. He will be greatly missed.


Cynthia J Cooper

December 11, 2020 at 11:04 am

Phil was a very compassionate man, with lots of energy and great advice. We had many conversations about many things! He will be missed by the Pine Lake, Delton and Plainwell community! May he rest in Peace.


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