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A longtime friend and customer of Dayton Bag and Burlap passed away this week

A longtime friend and customer of Dayton Bag and Burlap passed away this week. He was a great guy to be around and we always looked forward to visiting with him at events. Condolences to his family.  R.I.P. Scottie.

An obituary from the Illinois Green Industry Association:

Scott Dunlap, who founded Dunlap Enterprises in Blue Mound, IL in 1980 after working at Wandell’s in Champaign and at greenhouses and nurseries in Pennsylvania and Canada, passed away on Monday, July 3rd. Thanks to Scott’s knowledge and dedication, Dunlap continues to successfully operate today as a B&B wholesale nursery, growing quality shade trees, ornamentals and evergreens. It is run by his daughter Lisa Dunlap and her husband. Lisa serves on the IGIA’s Board of Directors. A memorial visitation to celebrate Scott’s life will be held between 2:00-4:00 P.M. this Saturday, 7/8. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations be made to the Illinois Green Industry Association’s (IGIA) HOPE program. HOPE is an IGIA program which helps educate and inspire students to pursue careers in horticulture, something that was near and dear to Scott. For Scott’s full obituary, please see below.


Scott Edward Dunlap, 80, of Decatur, IL passed away on July 3, 2017.

Scott was born on October 22, 1936 in Meridale, New York, the son of Milton and Anne Dunlap (Kimball).  He is a graduate of Meridale H.S. and earned his degree in Horticulture at the New York State Agricultural and Technical Institute at Cobleskill.  He married the love of his life, Marianne White on July 21, 1962 and they were together until his last moments. 

Scott worked in the horticulture field all of his adult life.  He started out in greenhouses at Yoder Brothers of Pennsylvania and moved to Canada to take a job with Jack Cockshutt & Co selling Chrysanthemums. 

After the birth of his first daughter, Lisa Eckenrodt (Dunlap) he moved his family to the Chicagoland area to work for The Michelle Company as a salesman.  Several years later he had his second daughter, Tera O’Hara (Dunlap).  Scott worked for many years at Wandell’s Nursery in Urbana and it was here that he found a passion for the wholesale tree business. In 1980 he began to grow his own nursery in Blue Mound, IL.  Because of Scott’s knowledge and dedication, Dunlap Enterprises, Ltd is still a working nursery and is operated by his daughter Lisa and son-in-law Chris Eckenrodt.

Scott had many interests. He was a Certified Red Cross Lifesaving & Water Instructor for 6 years, and then became a New York State Waterfront Director for one year. He was also a Certified Baseball Umpire for two years, and he and Marianne enjoyed many years of world travel together.

Scott is survived by his wife: Marianne White Dunlap of Decatur, IL; children: Lisa Eckenrodt (Dunlap) of Blue Mound, IL, Tera O’hara (Dunlap) of Monee, IL; siblings: Joan Noble (Dunlap) of Tennessee, Felix Dunlap of Idaho; grandchildren: Emma Hastings of Blue Mound, IL, Finnegan O’Hara of Monee, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial visitation to celebrate Scott’s life will be held between 2:00-4:00 p.m., this Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Dawson and Wikoff Funeral Home, in Blue Mound, IL. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Illinois Green Industry Association’s (IGIA) HOPE program. HOPE is an IGIA program which helps educate and inspire students to pursue careers in horticulture, something that was near and dear to Scott.  Donations can be made payable to the “IGIA” and either left at the funeral home or sent directly to IGIA, Scott Dunlap Memorial, 2900 Greenbriar Drive, Springfield, IL 62704.  More information about the IGIA can be found at www.illinoisgreen.net or www.gardenillinois.com.