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James Ray Dunson

July 23, 1938 December 18, 2017
James Ray Dunson
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James Ray Dunson

James Ray Dunson age 79, died Monday, December 18, 2017 at his home, the Gate Ranch, in Rochester, Washington. He passed quietly in his sleep after a battle with pancreatic cancer coupled with heart complications.

James was an avid fisherman, accomplished visual artist, and played a mean harmonica. He helped his brother Bill Dunson design and maintain the Gate Ranch Golf course on their property as a place for families from the community to play together. Known to all as a charismatic story teller, he continued to bring joy to family and friends with his tales of Bucky Waters and antics from his youth until his very last days. He served his country during the 1950s in the US Army then raised a family of 5 children working as a skilled Mason in the family business, building his own Masonry career, then serving 15 years in the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries as a Safety Inspector, eventually working up to Manager before retiring.

James is survived by his siblings Bill Dunson 88, Margrett Bohanan 84, and Serena Malech 77; his children Kayleen Dunson 52, Kerry Ward 51, James Dunson Jr 50, Kendra Edlin 44, and Jason Dunson 40. He was blessed with 14 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, as well as a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife Eileen Dunson; his Parents Millard and Velma Dunson; and his siblings Loretta Olson, LA Dunson, and Juanita Varney David.

A memorial service for James will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Grace Community Covenant Church (5501 Wiggins Rd. SE, Olympia Washington) followed by a celebration of his life at the Swede Hall Event Center (18543 Albany St. SW, Rochester, WA).

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Gate Ranch Golf Course.

Arrangements by Edwards Memorial, Funerals Homes, Chapels and Crematories.
253-566-1008


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Memorial Service

Saturday

13

Jan

1:00 PM 1/13/2018 1:00:00 PM
Community Covenant Church

5501 Wiggins Rd SE
Olympia, WA 98501

A memorial service for James will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Grace Community Covenant Church (5501 Wiggins Rd. SE, Olympia Washington) followed by a celebration of his life at the Swede Hall Event Center (18543 Albany St. SW, Rochester, WA).

Community Covenant Church
5501 Wiggins Rd SE Olympia 98501 WA
United States

Celebration of Life

Saturday

13

Jan

3:00 PM 1/13/2018 3:00:00 PM
Swede Hall Event Center

18543 Albany St SW
Rochester, WA 98579

A memorial service for James will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Grace Community Covenant Church (5501 Wiggins Rd. SE, Olympia Washington) followed by a celebration of his life at the Swede Hall Event Center (18543 Albany St. SW, Rochester, WA).

Swede Hall Event Center
18543 Albany St SW Rochester 98579 WA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Gate Ranch Golf Course

11700 Hunter Rd SW
Rochester, WA 98579
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Gate Ranch Golf Course
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