Roderick Dunn

  • "So many treasured memories !Rod & Todd would zip into our..."
  • "Rita, Cindy and Katie. We are very sorry to hear about..."
    - Jim & Kathy Tuttle
  • "It amazing the simple memories that stay with us......I can..."
    - Fran Wolfe-Florez
  • "I went to the AST Academy with Rod and saw him afterwards..."
    - Wayne Starr

After a life filled with adventure, Roderick (Rod) Edgar Dunn, (age 81) of Ferndale, WA passed away on September 7th at Hospice House in Bellingham, WA. He was born in Bellingham to Henry W. and Alice Dunn and raised on Lummi Island, WA. A reefnet fisherman in his teens, he also spent a summer commercial fishing in Alaska and vowed to return.

After graduation from Ferndale HS, Rod enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He was a member of the AAC's elite Skeet Team. While flying in the Korean War he was awarded a battlefield commission as well as two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star. After returning from Korea, he married Rita Elaine Rule. They were married 57 years and had four children.

He moved his family to Sitka, Alaska in 1961, then to south central Alaska. In 1969 he and his family planted roots in Talkeetna, AK. Among his many endeavors, he worked for the National Weather Service, mined gold, ran heavy equipment, worked the pipeline, and was an Alaska State Trooper. He ran a trapline, snow machined, hunted and fished, and generally lived his Alaska dream.

He and Rita moved to Kettle Falls, WA and eventually to Ferndale after retiring. He honed his woodworking and gardening skills and provided friends and family with the fruits of his labor.

He is survived by his wife, Rita and children Patricia (Paul), Cynthia (Steve), Leah (David), and Todd (Tiz) Dunn, his grandchildren Katie, Emily, Alex, Libby, and great-grandson Lucas.

Rod's ashes will be scattered near Talkeenta next summer when his daughter, Leah, returns from active duty in Kuwait.

A memorial gathering in his honor will be held on Saturday Sept. 24, 1 p.m. at the Correll Park Clubhouse on Correll Dr in Ferndale, WA.

Memorial donations may be made to Whatcom Hospice Foundation.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2011
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