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 Ward Earle Dunn

Ward Earle Dunn

Pierce, Slope County, North Dakota, USA
Death 29 Jan 1980 (aged 48)
Grafton, Worth County, Iowa, USA
Burial Northwood, Worth County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 92765965 · View Source
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OBITUARY: Ward E. Dunn, Mitchell County, Iowa

Ward E. Dunn [1931-1980]

(St. Ansgar Enterprise -- 7 FEB 1980)

Funeral services for Ward E. Dunn, 48, of St. Ansgar, who died Tuesday,
January 29 while attending a wrestling meet in Grafton, were held Friday
February 1 at the First Lutheran church here with the Rev. Stephen Engelstad

Ward E. Dunn was born in Slope County, N.D. April 3, 1931, the son of Percy and
Alma Dunn. He graduated from Albert Lea, Minn. high school in 1949. A year
later he entered the service and served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955.

After serving his country, he enrolled in Elon College, Elon, N.C. for one
year. He continued his education at Luther College, Decorah, and graduated
with a teaching certificate in 1959. He met Beverly Herth at college and they
were married August 17, 1957. he taught school in Canby, Minn. for three years
and then moved to St. Ansgar where he taught at St. Ansgar Senior High school
for four years.

He then enrolled in the College of Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota,
graduating in 1967. Mr. Dunn was a partner in the Schroeder & Dunn Furniture
Store and Funeral Home here until 1978. He then served at the Freeborn Funeral
Home in Albert Lea, Minn. until he became a Lutheran Brotherhood representative
where he was employed until the time of his death.

Commenting on Mr. Dunn's death, Gloria Jordahl, second greate teacher at St.
Ansgar elementary school, and a neighbor of the Dunn family when they first
moved to St. Ansgar, and Rich Sherman, who took over wrestling coach duties
from Mr. Dunn in 1966 and a neighbor noted that he was more than an avid
wrestling fan.

"He was the first wrestling coach at St. Ansgar Senior High school," said Sherman,
whose wife, Carol took over Mr. Dunn's job as German instructor at the high
school when he went into the funeral home business. "If a coach could have a
fan, Ward Dunn would be the epitome," said Sherman, who is the high school's
head football coach and athletic director. "He was just a tremendous athletic
booster for all sports," Sherman added.

Gloria Jordahl commented that Mr. Dunn, his wife Beverly and her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Herth of Clarksville, Minn. were watching the wrestling
matches, and all have closely followed the athletic activities of the Dunn's
two sons.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly, and two sons, Jim, a student at Luther College
and Paul at home; one brother, Dean of Petaluma, Calif.; three sisters,
Wilma Dunn of Albert Lea, Minn., Mrs. Myrten (Mary) Jones of Couger, Wash., and
Mrs. Albert (Floris) Speights of Vancouver, Wash.

Mr. Dunn was a Korean War veteran and was a member of the American Legion. While
a businessman in St. Ansgar he was active in the local Lions Club and served as
it's president. He also served on the school board and was a member of the
local Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, serving as
a deacon for two years and as a Sunday school teacher for the past 17 years.

Preceeding him in death were his parents and a brother, Floyd.

Burial was in the state line cemetery near Gordonsville, Minn. with Rev.
Engelstad in charge of committal services. Military honors were by members
of the Walter T. Enneberg Post No. 358 of the American Legion honor squad.

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