VeteranJames Dunham

James F. Dunham, 74, of rural Browning, died at 9:54 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 1998, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

He was born April 5, 1924, in Blue Island, a son of George and Viola McKinney Dunham. He married Margie B. Bumgarner on June 14, 1947, in Dawson. She died Aug. 21, 1984. One brother also preceded him in death.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Robert (Cheryl) Thixton of Riverton, Mrs. Roger (Jerri) Davenport and Mrs. Troy (Jami) Spauer, both of Carlyle, and Mrs. Rick (Tami) Lowe of Havana; six sisters, Marcella Byerline of Mechanicsburg, Iona Milligan of Galesburg, Joyce German of Gifford, Avalee Ertl of Illiopolis, Franie Georges of Quincy and Bernadine Scott of Florida; three brothers, Donald of Buffalo, Delbert of Clinton and Victor of Providence, R.I.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A World War II Army veteran with the rank of sergeant, he was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6408 in Havana. He worked at Fiat Allis in Browning for 35 years before retiring. A ham radio operator, he was a member of Jacksonville Amateur Radio Club and Illinois Valley Amateur Radio Club. He was a volunteer with the American Red Cross for many years. He was of the Baptist faith.

Services were held Monday at Hurley Funeral Home in Havana with Rev. Don Walters officiating. Burial was in Bluff City Cemetery in Bluff City, where military rites were conducted by his VFW post.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, the American Cancer Society or the Juvenile Diabetes Association.

From the Peoria Journal Star.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 9/23/1998


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