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Charles Vernon Dunham

April 11, 2018
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

U.S. Veteran Charles Vernon Dunham, 89, of Deep River died at his home Friday, March 30, 2018. Services will be Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Holland - Coble Funeral Home Montezuma, at 10:30 a.m. Charles had donated his body to the University of Iowa Hospital. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Chuck's honor to P.A.L.S. Animal Shelter, Grinnell or Stephen's Animal Shelter, Oskaloosa.

Chuck was born March 23, 1929 in Scotia, N.Y. to Roy Owen Dunham and Elodie Johnson Dunham. He was the fourth of five children, Richard, Jane, Robin, Charles and Sylvia. He graduated from Scotia High School at age sixteen and studied at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. During the Korean War, he was drafted and served in the U.S. Army from 1951 until 1952, including a tour of duty in occupied Germany. Following Army duty, he purchased the Grayson County News in Leitchfield, KY., the first of 22 newspapers published by the Dunham family, often as many as five at a time. In 1958, Chuck acquired the Deep River Record, and from Deep River he continued a 50 plus year career with weekly newspapers. In 1971, he and Shirley Richardson-Thompson were married and he became the father of a readymade family of a wife and four little boys. In October of 1972, Chuck and Shirley became parents of another little boy, Roy Christopher. They made their home in Deep River, celebrating their 46th wedding anniversary November 2, 2017. Chuck was a political junkie, running for senator on the Republican ticket twice. He was a member of the Deep River Methodist Church, Lions Club, Republican Party and Deep River American Legion. The Dunham family loved camping in the Adirondacks Mountains and spent many summer vacations there.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Jane Linck of New York, Robin Smith of Connecticut, and his brother Richard Dunham of New York.

Survivors include his wife Shirley and son Roy of Deep River, sons Dave (Julie) Thompson of Davenport; Kenny (Tammy) Thompson of Concord, AR; Brian Thompson of Concord, AR,. Jeff (Julie) Thompson of Webster, sister Sylvia Bouve of NH, seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.



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