Ronnie Jim Dunn (1937 - 2018)

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Ronnie "Jim" Dunn, 80, a longtime resident of Alaska and homesteader, passed away on Jan. 13, 2018.
He was born in Yakima, Wash., on Aug. 22, 1937. He had a wonderful childhood, growing up in Carlsbad, Calif. He sold papers to the Marines at Camp Pendleton after World War II. He moved to Boston with his family and lived in Winthrop, Mass., where they enjoyed lots of boating. They were transferred to Tiburon, Calif., where he graduated from Tamalpais High School. His father, Hal, then changed over from Navy to Coast Guard and received light house duty. They were stationed at Point Bonita, Angel Island, and the Faralons Islands where his father was O in C as Chief Boatswain Mate. He was drafted into the U.S. Army under the Eisenhower Administration during the Berlin Crisis. He was sent to Fort Ord for Basic, Fort Monmouth for electronics, and Rodstone Arsenal, Huntsville, for Guided Missile School. He then transferred to Wiesbaden, Germany, as a Hawk Missile Repairman. Coming to Alaska in 1967, he homesteaded 160 acres near Victory Bible Camp where he met his beloved late wife, Harlena Gay Poff Dunn. They had 43 exciting years together, building a Pottery and Art Cache on their homestead, and raising their son, Joe.
While working his way through college and after, he had 51 jobs and attended several colleges and universities studying civil engineering, surveying, math and art, completing 181 units with two associate degrees. In Alaska, he worked for Anchorage Natural Gas, Western Geophysical, B.L.M, Corps of Engineers, Facility Engineers and retired from the Department of the Army in 1996.
He is survived by his son, Joseph Dunn; grandson, Ragnar Dunn; father, Henry "Hal" Farrar and his wife Sharon; brother, John Dunn; and many loved friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Harlena; mother, Eddene "Dene" Farrar; father, Haskell Dunn; brother, Gene Dunn; and granddaughter, Verdandi Dunn.
His mother wrote the following: "Jim who never ceases to love his fellow men, and all the joys of this world and just forget its sin. The lofty mountains thrills his heart to over flowing. The mighty sea inspires his soul with happiness and loving. Jim stands tall and looks to the deep blue sky above. His thoughts will always respond to nature and to love. Many happy days in the future. - Mother"
Burial has taken place in Palmer, Alaska, and memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Feb. 11 to Feb. 12, 2018