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Former Dairyman Magazine publisher passes away

PD Staff Published on 09 December 2011


Robert M. McCune died October 29, 2011, at his home in Corona, California, at the age of 99. Born in Spokane, Washington, he moved to California when he was 13.



Robert started work at 17 with a stock and bond firm in L.A. during the Depression. When the company went bankrupt, he went into the dairy industry.

Robert was a partner and dairy broker, with his son Jim and Rick Bondar, of McCune and Associates, co-owner of both Flamingo Dairy and Corona Livestock Auction and publisher of The Dairyman Magazine for more than 65 years.

Bob’s work was his main focus, but he also enjoyed spending time with family, traveling and playing card games. His passion in life was finance.

He was dedicated to the dairy industry and served on the board of directors for the Dairy Council of California for 42 years. Robert was also a long-time member on the board of directors for California Milk Producers .

In 1984, he was honored by the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce with a Special Dairy Award. The California State Assembly also honored Robert with a formal resolution rewarding him for his outstanding role in California’s dairy industry. In his personal and business life, Robert’s ethics of honesty and fairness were highly respected.


He is survived by his wife, Barbara E. McCune; son Robert T. McCune and wife, Violet; son James McCune and wife, Petey; daughter Susan McCune and husband, Eddie; daughter Carrie Swanson and husband, Michael; daughter Deborah Kucher and husband, Michael; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services were held Nov. 8. PD