Phillip J Dunn
Phillip J Dunn

Visitation: Saturday, November 17th, 2012 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva

Service: Saturday, November 17th, 2012 at 5:00 PM at Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva

Burial Location: Private


Philip James Dunn
Born: September 24, 1928
Died: November 2, 2012
Caption: Phil Dunn 1928-2012

“What a beautiful smile you have, mind if I keep it? I collect them…”

Phil Dunn, 84, passed away Friday, November 2, 2012 in St. Charles, IL. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Helen and Harlo Dunn. Graduated from Geneva High School in 1946, and married Sally Jane Norrstrom in 1951 who he loved and stood by until her passing in 2010.

Phil served in the US Navy, worked at Owens Illinois in West Chicago for many years, and co-owned and taught classes at the Shutter Shack Photo Center in Geneva w/ son Steve. He partnered with close friend Charlie Peterson on River Valley Photographic Resources where he captured and promoted the often unseen natural beauty of Kane County. A world traveler, poet, teacher, and avid “smile collector”, he gave self-made holiday cards to strangers and collected the biggest smiles from the most unlikely of faces.

Preceded in death by his beloved wife Sally and son Steven.

Survived by his daughter Tammi (Stu) Sava of Marengo; sister Tam Mason of Richmond, Kentucky; sister-in-law Carol (Dan) Baert of St. Charles, daughter-in-law Anne Pruitt of Batavia, grandsons Chris (Savannah) Dunn of Oakland, California and Tony (Zoe) Dunn of Perth, Australia; granddaughter Suzie Pruitt of Batavia; great grandchildren Lucy and Eli Dunn; 2 nieces, 4 nephews and many grand nieces and nephews; and adopted daughter Cheryl Ano and family of Batavia.

A memorial gathering and gallery of his work is scheduled for Saturday, November 17, from 3-5 pm at Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva (1771 W. State St.) with a ceremonial toast and story hour at 5 pm. All are welcome to share a happy memory of Phil at this gathering of friends and family.

Donations can be made in Phil’s name to two organizations that he cared deeply about: Living Dream Arts (418 2nd Ave. #303, San Francisco, CA 94118 / or Earthwatch (1-800-776-0188 /

For more information, please call Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva, 630-232-7337 or visit


Nancy Beauchamp from Aurora IL

"Tammi, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I know he's lived a full life. Done many wonderful things.
He was a pretty nice man and dad. I know he will be missed greatly.

Tammi you and I use to work together at Robbin's flowers. Nancy McLean,"

Danielle Ebersole from Oswego IL

"My heartfelt sympathy to a friend who shared a love of nature's beauty with me. Phil helped me to see more and look at nature in an artistic way that meant so much to me andhelped make my life richer. His always positive attitude is an example for all of us to follow. You wii remain in my heart forever."





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