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Obituary for DUNHAM


Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Wednesday November 11, 2009

Willis C Dunham Sr. of Albuquerque, New Mexico and formerly of Niles, Michigan, died on Saturday, November 7, 2009. He was born on December 28, 1926 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Charles Dunham and Flossie Margarite Dunham. Will graduated with a BA from Western Michigan University and a Masters Degree from Colorado State College. He honorably served in the US Army during the Korean War. Will taught Industrial Arts at Niles Senior High school in Niles, Michigan for 39 years. He started the building trades program for his and several other adjoining schools. He also built an airplane in his class with the students. Will loved flying and attended the annual fly in at Osh Kosh Wisconsin many times. He was a charter member and deacon at the Bethel Baptist church in Niles and served in many capacities for the Southwestern Michigan Baptist Association. Will also served on the Baptist State Convention Executive Board and the Mission Service Corps of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He also planned and built several churches with the aide of volunteer help. Will also built a Migrant workers mission in Lawton, Michigan which is in Southwestern Michigan. He is survived by his wife, Jean Ann; daughter, Marnice Ann Clark of Albuquerque, NM; son, Willis C. Dunham Jr. of Albuquerque; granddaughters, Molly A. Clark and Hannah R. Clark both of Albuquerque, NM and Kelsie L. Dunham and Kinsie J. Dunham of Carrollton, Texas; great-granddaughter, Story Ann Rael of Albuquerque, NM; sisters-in-law, Betty Meyers of Jefferson City, MO and Dr. Barbara Thompson of Kansas City, MO. Services will be held at Del Norte Baptist Church, 5800 Montgomery Blvd. NE. on Friday, October 13, 2009. Friends will be received at 9:00 a.m. The Funeral Service will begin at 10:00 a.m. with Dr. Robert E. Myers, officiating pastor. Burial will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m., with US Army Honors. The family would like to express a special thank you for the kindness extended by the staff of Hospice de la Luz to Will and our family in this time. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008


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