|Gordon Dunham, 82|
|Written by TRF Times|
Oklee - Gordon “Baldy”Dunham, 82, died on Monday, September 5, 2005, at Altru Rehabilitation Center in Grand Forks, N.D.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 9, at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Gary Johnson, Pastor Marlow Dunham and Pastor Terry Dunham officiating. Casket bearers include Leo Olson, Jerry Thibert, Bob Bernier, Cole Bernier, Lloyd Barsness and Jon Dunham. Honorary casket bearers include Baldy’s fellow Soo-Liners and all of Baldy’s friends and family. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls. Military honors will be provided by the American Legion Ecklund-Holmstrom Post 117 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2793.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls. Visitation will also be held at the church for one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Gordon Nimrod Dunham was born on December 4, 1922, in Karlstad, the son of Eagan and Elsie (Rapp) Dunham and was baptized and confirmed in Halma. Gordon received the nickname “Baldy” at the age of 16 and continued to have good hair life until his passing.
He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1940 and following high school, moved to California for a short time before entering into service with the United States Army Air Corps. He served his country from February 14, 1943 until October 20, 1945 and earned the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal and Air Medal. He also received the distinguished “Flying Cross.” Baldy served as a tail gunner on a B-24 for 32 missions while stationed in England.
Following his honorable discharge, Baldy moved to Arizona and went to work on the Santa Fe Railroad. He then returned to Thief River Falls and went to work on the Soo Line Railroad. He retired in 1982.
He was united in marriage to Marjorie Kron in 1951, in Thief River Falls. Together they had two sons, Marlow and Terry.
On December 4, 1984, Baldy was married to Florence “Flo” Bernier at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. The couple had since made its home in Oklee.
Baldy enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, gardening, spending time outdoors, especially at “the shack” at his 80 acres near Grygla. He was a member of the Eagle’s Club, American Legion and VFW Posts, all in Thief River Falls.
Survivors include his wife, Flo of Oklee; children, Marlow (Tonya) Dunham of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and Terry (Kayle) Dunham of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; step-daughter, Pam Paul of Minneapolis; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Lonnie (Kathy) Dunham of Oregon and many other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.