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Saturday February 15th, 2020
1:00pm - 4:00pm

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Roland 'Buster' Dunn

Roland ‘Buster’ Dunn, 84, of Kerhonkson, NY, peacefully passed away February 6th 2020 at his home surrounded by family.

Buster was born June 21st 1935 in Hempstead Long Island, NY, to the late Howard and Dorothy Dunn.

From early on, Buster was a motivated and accomplished man and friend to all who knew him. Buster belonged to Local 825 operating engineers, where he made many lifelong friends, building his reputation as an honorable and highly respected Machine Operator. In 1972, Buster started his own ‘Arctic Cat’ Business from the garage of his home. As business prospered, he ventured into owning business property and created ‘Buster Dunn’s Sales and Service’, where he was the first Suzuki dealership in Ulster County, NY. This would lead into adding a Kawasaki franchise, one of only nine in the nation at the time. Buster would soon become a household name of Route 28 in Kingston and the entire Ulster County area. In 1999, Buster began a new chapter of business, opening ‘Stony Hollow Equipment and Excavating’, where he was owner and operator. This was by far a business that not only represented his skills in the dirt, but allowed him to work doing something he absolutely loved, playing with machines and digging in the dirt. Not only was he distinguished in this business, he showed impeccable quality, even in the care of his machines. Buster would spend almost two decades running Stony Hollow Equipment.

To further contribute his dedication to Ulster County, Buster also served as Co-Chairman of Ulster County Safety Board, helping to ensure road safety, a true meaningful accomplishment. He also dedicated himself to mentoring others and teaching them the meaning of a real handshake.

Along with hard work, Buster knew the joys of life. Boating in Lake George became a Dunn tradition where he escaped work life to catch fish and enjoy the lake waters. He loves traveling to Aruba, his annual getaway, often calling it the place of perfect weather. By far, one of his biggest joys was being a grandfather, he loved having his grandchildren around, whether hands on at the shop (often teaching them to ride in a machine) or home swinging them around, he found love and pure comfort in their contagious laughter and smiles.

Amongst all these accomplishments and virtues of Buster, he is also remembered as a loving man who cherish his children. An outstanding husband, who loved his wife forever and a day.

Buster is survived by his wife, Pamela Dunn, his daughter Karen Reilly, his two step sons; Jeremy Zelinsky and Brian Zelinsky (Jacqueline), his grandchildren; Kristy, Jamie, Devon, Jeremiah, Crystian, Charlotte, and Issabella and four great grandchildren; Ethan, Aidan, Josiah, and Isaiah. He is also survived by a sister Barbara Genther (Donald), Virginia Mullaney (Guy), and his brother Chuck (Jackie).

He is predeceased by his daughter Darlene Joseph, his brother Bill Dunn, and two step brothers, Howard and Bobby.

He touched the lives of many and was often referred to as a legend, a legend that will truly be missed forever.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 15th 2020 from 1 to 4 PM at Humiston Funeral Home, Kerhonkson, NY.


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Guestbook

One of my biggest idols growing up was my uncle buster, countless stops at the shop over the course of 16 years with my grandpa, bill Dunn, his older brother, will always be a fond memory of mine. The man was one tough dude , even in his final hours, a true warrior. He lived his life with grace and poise, a thorough workaholic and did it all with style with his classic gold chain, engineer boots and his normal black attire with the James dean slicked backed hair. I couldnt say a bad thing about the man if my life depended on it. I can only hope to become half the man as my uncle was. Atleast hes with my grandfather, his best friend, through and through.

Jordan porto Feb 15 2020 12:00 AM

Condolences to Buster's family and many friends. Just as one example of his kindness, during a blizzard emergency Buster came down Route 28 with a large front end loader and cleared mountains of snow from driveways on the side of the highway for neighbors including my elderly parents refusing payment.

Bruce Whistance Feb 11 2020 12:00 AM

Our sincerest condolences to the family of Buster. He was truly a wonderful person.

Kathleen and Ted Musialkiewicz Feb 11 2020 12:00 AM

Ass a thirteen year old sitting on a bank watching you work in a stream with a bulldozer for a couple of days you told me to come over and showed me how to make it move for the next two weeks you would let me play for a half hour while you are lunch. I didn't move much but had the time of my life. You told me when I turned 16 to come see if I needed work. I took you up on it and you always found something for me to do. After 30 plus years I finally retired doing what you loved doing moving dirt. Thank you for your friendship and experties. Rest in peace. Tom Rivera

Tom Rivera Feb 11 2020 12:00 AM

Pam we are so sorry for your loss our heart felt sympathy to you and your family prayers for you all Chuck and Linda

Linda Polacco Feb 11 2020 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy to Karen Reilly, her children and grandchildren on the loss of her father, and their grandfather. Al and Mary Spada

Mary Spada Feb 11 2020 12:00 AM

To the Dunn Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Sending our condolences to you all.
Jeannie and Darrial Kouhout

Jeannie Feb 10 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Roland 'Buster' Dunn

Steve & Teresa Coddington Feb 10 2020 12:00 AM