Dunson, James "Leo"
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James Leo Dunson passed away peacefully on February 5, 2013 surrounded by his family at John C. Lincoln hospital in Phoenix Arizona. Leo was born to James W. and Swan Dunson in Seagraves, Texas on June 26, 1922. He has joined his parents, brothers Harold and Lonnie, first wife Ruth, and sons Richard and Robert. Leo served his country honorably during World War II in the Army Air Corp and later in the United States Air Force before retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant after 20 years service in 1963. He traveled extensively in the U.S. and around the world, helping to open and establish several U.S.A.F bases and provided administrative support in Florida and Washington D.C. during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was very proud of his service during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War Era and of his sons' service in both Korea and Vietnam, as well as his grandson's commitment to a 20 year career in the Air Force. He continued to support Air Force Veterans' groups and activities after retiring, such as the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia until his passing. He used his experience in administration to lead several companies to production success and profitability before retiring in Phoenix, Arizona in 1979. Leo is survived by his loving wife of 32 years: Margaret; sister: Wilma; children: James and (Pat) Dunson, Nicki Graham, Trudy Schulties, David and (Connie) Miller; grandchildren: James, Eva, Jeff, Keith, Dean, Walt, Lonnie, Jeffery, Jennifer, Genetta, Julie, and Caleb; 15 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. Leo was a gentle and caring man who loved his family and friends unconditionally. He made friends wherever he went with his outgoing personality and kindness to everyone he met. His 90 years of life have provided many precious memories to all who knew and loved him. Leo will be missed by everyone he met, and has left as his legacy a strong commitment to his family and community of friends. James Leo Dunson will receive his military honors on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:00 am in Shelter 2 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 3, 2013