He was born April 17, 1934 in Cambridge, Minn. to Gilbert and Dorothy (Stroberg) Dunbar. He graduated from Cambridge High School in 1952.
On Aug. 2, 1954, he married Mary Sundberg and together they had three children. They lived in Minnesota, Iowa, and Maryland and moved back to Cambridge in 1969.
Phil was a hard-working man who owned and operated several businesses. He enjoyed golfing, having coffee with friends, watching his grandchildren perform or play sports, and supporting his community. He and Mary got away from the Minnesota cold every year and spent time in Texas, Hawaii and California. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather and enjoyed it when everyone could get together at the lake.
Phil is survived by his wife, Mary Dunbar of Cambridge; daughter, Keri (Tom) Sahlmen of Cambridge; son, Jon (Deanna) Dunbar of Cambridge, daughter-in-law, Nancy Dunbar of Cambridge; seven grandchildren, Alyssa, Britne, Mitch, Aaron, Joe, Pete, and Evan; brother, Jack (Della) Dunbar of Princeton, Minn.; sister, Janice (Dean) Goebel of Forest Lake, Minn.; aunt, Eunice Hupfer; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Paul Dunbar, and parents, Gil and Dorothy Dunbar.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, December 21, 2012 at the Cambridge Lutheran Church with Rev. Andy Romstad officiating. Kelly Vavra will provide the special music. Organist will be Mary Kay O’Neill. Honorary Pallbearers will be Alyssa (Sahlmen) Haugen, Britne (Sahlmen) Engelking, Mitch Dunbar, Aaron Dunbar, Joe Dunbar, Pete Dunbar, Evan Dunbar, Dr. David Lamusga, Dr. Gary Reiners, Dr. Lowell Becker, all his friends at morning coffee, his golfing buddies, and masonic brothers. Interment will take place in the spring at Cambridge Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials. Arrangements are with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.