Born in 1936 in Rushville, Nebraska, Donna was raised on a farm west of Gordon. She always loved horses and after high school, started barrel racing and roping.
In 1965, she met Bob and a year later they married. They raised a daughter, Denell, and four sons, Stacy, Troy, Cory, and David Dunn. In addition, they have fifteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In 1969, Bob and Donna moved their family to Rushville, NE, and bought a Coast to Coast store, which they later converted to a True Value store.
They spent 30 years in the hardware business.