Gerald Lee “Jerry” Dunham age 78, passed away unexpectedly at Mercy Medical Center on January 11th, 2021. He was born on August 7th, 1942, the middle child to the late Sydney and Opal Mary (Slack) Dunham. Jerry earned his diploma from McKinley High School in 1960 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1962. He then went on to spend most of his career traveling the world as a Field Service Technician for Hercules Engine Corporation.
Jerry had a way of connecting with everyone. Throughout his life he was able to build many long-lasting friendships. He held the largest space in his heart for his family. When he wasn’t playing the “Jack of all trades”, helping family and friends with home and auto projects, he was following local sports team, watching Gunsmoke, or enjoying the fresh air out on the golf course. He was known for solid advice and being the voice of reason in our family — and don’t forget the nonsensical anecdotes that will live on through all of us. In addition to his love for his family and friends, Jerry had the softest spot for animals, especially those who may be abandoned.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his eldest brother, Kenneth “Kenny”.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 57 years, Elaine (Carpenter) whom he married on April 4th, 1964; daughter, Joyce (Russell) Amatangelo; son, Gerald Dunham II; grandson, Nicholas (Andy Robb) Davidson; granddaughter, Lindsey (Alex) Sennikoff; great-grandson, Lewis “Luke” Tompkins; and sister Janet Wheeler.
Private services were held January 15, 2021. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jerry’s name to the Stark County Humane Society.
Shirley Griffith an family send our deepest sympathy. Jerry was a true friend and neighbor. We will miss him.
My “cuz” was a wonderful person and a great man. He was more of a father than a friend. He will be missed.
Gerald was more of a grandfather to me since Lindsey and I basically lived at their house all summer long…I do have so many memories that I’ll cherish forever. Elaine my heart hurts for you but you guys showed me 50 plus years of marriage is possible because you never give up and cherish everyday that’s given to you. My last memory was at the twins baby shower wish you would have got to meet them. ❤️Rest Easy
My condolences to the Dunham family. I will remember how he introduced himself when I moved to the corner of 25th street and Bollinger. He made moving into a new neighborhood easier for me. He was a lot of fun to be around and hang out with. I will miss him , knowing that he is gone. Very sad news, to hear of his passing.
Gerald was so helpful to me when he introduced himself to me when we moved to 25th street and Bollinger. He introduduced me to a lot of people in the northeast end . He was fun and great to hang out with. I feel a little emptier knowing he is gone. My condolences to the Dunham family. P.S., Hope this message comes through from second attempt to send.