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William E. Dunham

Obituary for William E. Dunham

June 19, 1931 - February 14, 2018
Reading, Massachusetts | Age 86


William E. "Bill" Dunham of Reading, died on Wednesday, February 14 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.

Born in Rome, New York on June 19, 1931, he was the son of the late Worden and Isabelle (Tiffany) Dunham.

Mr. Dunham was raised and educated in Rome, New York. He lettered in Tennis and Track, was the business manager of the yearbook and was elected to the National Honor Society in High School. Mr. Dunham served in the United States Navy during the Korean War as a 3rd Class Petty Officer Hospital Corpsman. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from Gordon College, Class of 1959. While at Gordon, he met and married his late wife, Debora, in 1957. They later moved to Reading where they raised their family. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Reading and was active at the Reading Senior Center as well as in the Reading Republican Town Committee.

Mr. Dunham was the husband of the late Debora R. (Carles) Dunham. He is survived by his two daughters; Devon Schneider and her husband Steve of Billerica and Tiffany Rose and her husband Duane Mero of Lake Stevens, WA. Mr. Dunham is also survived by his 13 grandchildren and his six great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Kenneth Dunham and his sister Mary Thomas.

A Memorial Service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 45 Woburn St, Reading on Sunday at 2pm. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

Memorial contributions in Bill's name may be made to First Baptist Church Senior Adult Ministry (SAM), 45 Woburn St., Reading, MA 01867.

Arrangements are in the care of the McDonald Funeral Home in Wakefield.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • First Baptist Church Senior Adult Ministry (SAM)
    45 Woburn Street
    Reading, MA 01867

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McDonald Funeral Home

19 Yale Avenue
Wakefield, MA 01880
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