- Associated Press - Sunday, January 19, 2014

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Bill Dunn, the longtime editor of the Grand Island Independent, died Saturday after battling esophageal cancer. He was 62.

Dunn died in the U.S. Virgin Islands where he was visiting a friend, The Grand Island Independent (https://bit.ly/KmudG7) reported.

Dunn, who was also known for his award-winning editorial cartoons, had worked at the Independent since 2001. A collection of some of his cartoons is available on the newspaper’s website.

Dunn grew up in Grand Island, but his career took him to the Los Angeles Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune and several other newspapers before he returned to his hometown.

Dunn said when he took the job with the Independent that even though it was smaller than other papers he had worked at, it might play a larger role in its community than a metropolitan one does.

Publisher Don Smith said Dunn was devoted to his job and worked hard to make the newspaper a strong public forum.

“He loved The Grand Island Independent and even though he worked for some of the most prominent large newspapers in the nation, he often said his true calling in life was to be the editor of his hometown newspaper,” Smith said. “Bill was one of those rare people who possessed great intelligence and wisdom, and yet had a wonderfully gifted creative genius and sharp sense of humor.”

Dunn was active in the community and served on the board of several groups, including the local chapters of the United Way and American Red Cross.

Karen Rathke, president of the United Way, said Dunn was a good man who was dedicated to helping the community.

“I will always treasure how Bill made you feel when you were around him,” she said. “He would make you laugh. All who knew him, loved him. All who worked with him, appreciated him. And all who spent time with him, laughed with him.”



Slideshow of editorial cartoons: www.theindependent.com/opinion/cartoons


Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com

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