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FRESNO, CA: Gene Dunkin passed away peacefully on July
7, 2012 in Fresno, California.
Gene was born in West Mecca, Ohio, the son of the late Ralph and Minnie Dunkin. Soon thereafter his family moved to LaRue, Ohio, where he would be raised and graduated from LaRue High School in the class of 1941.
Shortly following his graduation, Gene was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as a Staff Sergeant during World War II. He spent 18 months in Rheims, France. His entire family served in the war efforts.
Gene married Peggy Jean (Keefe) Dunkin in 1943, while still in the Army. Upon his honorable discharge, Gene and Peggy made their home in LaRue, Ohio, where their two sons, Bill G. Dunkin and Timothy L. Dunkin were born. Gene and Peggy were married 66 years. Peggy preceded Gene in death in August, 2010.
Gene held various finance and accounting positions throughout his business career. In 1962, his employer, National Can Corporation, moved him and his family to the Los Angeles area. A few years later he was transferred again to Hollister, California. Upon retirement, Peggy and Gene spent many years traveling in their RV.
Gene was part of the founding group of Park Sierra, where he was instrumental in purchasing the land and developing the 160-acre recreational vehicle park near Coarsegold, California, where they resided for many years.
Gene and Peggy attended the New Community United Methodist Church in Oakhurst, California. They were devout members of the Methodist Church and were loyal followers and lay leaders in every community they lived in.
Gene will be dearly missed by his sons, Tim Dunkin, residing in San Jose with his wife, Jill, and Bill Dunkin, residing in Irvine with his wife, Sandra; his grandson and wife, Brent and Danielle Dunkin; and great grandchildren, Justin and Summer Dunkin, from San Clemente, California.
Published in the The Marion Star on July 12, 2012