John J. Dunham |

John J. Dunham

John J. Dunham

John J. Dunham died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, one month prior to his 75th birthday, at the Hospice Care Center.

John was born at home on June 6, 1934, in Buena Vista, and spent the first eight years of his life there. In 1942 his parents moved to Delta, and John attended Delta County schools. He then enlisted in the Navy in August 1953.

John worked at many jobs during his younger years, but found his love of building to be his true calling. He was a journeyman carpenter and foreman on many jobs. He also erected steel buildings. In his later life, he found a new hobby and profession as a golf drive range manager and greenskeeper for Woods Golf in Gunnison.

John married Golda Fay Hiler in 1960. This union ended in divorce in 1963. Two sons were born of this marriage, and John was awarded custody of the two children. In 1968 he married the love of his life, Rose Ann Fitzgerald. Together they raised John’s two sons from his first marriage and one son of their own. The marriage lasted 40 years.

John loved the outdoors. He spent as much time as he could fishing, four-wheeling, camping and playing golf.

John is survived by his wife Rosse Anne Dunham of Clifton, sons John Jay Dunham and wife Linda of Dodge City, Kan., Thompson Lee (Tommy) of Gunnison, and James Eugene and wife Jonna of Vail. He is also survived by three brothers and sisters Vernon, Arwood, Carl, Verneal, Elizabeth and Pamela. He was preceded in death by his parents Virgil and Ethel Dunham and older brother Richard.

Memorial services to celebrate his life will be held Thursday, May 14, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Mesa Funeral Service. Cremation has taken place. A potluck to celebrate his memory will be held at the family home 3258 Friendship Drive, Clifton, following the service.

Donations can be made to the family or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The New Rifle Funeral Service.

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