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William Dunkum

William E. “Ed” Dunkum died Sept. 15 in Grass Valley. He was 86.

No service will be held.

He was born on May 9, 1924, in Oakland, Calif., to William Edward Dunkum and Alma Helen Dunkum.

He worked in the Kaiser Permanente Shipyard No. 1 in Richmond, Calif., for one year before joining the U.S. Army. During World War II, he served as a staff sergeant/boatswain for the Army Amphibian Engineers in the South Pacific, operating landing craft at New Guinea, New Britain, the Philippines and, finally, Japan.

Mr. Dunkum taught English for 33 years in junior high and adult school in Berkeley, Calif., and retired in 1984.

He was an avid hunter, archer, fisherman, camper, boater and motorcyclist. He loved the mountains, cooking, gardening, woodworking, metalworking and spending time with his family.

Mr. Dunkum belonged to the Berkeley Retired Teachers Association, California Retired Teachers Association and the Sierra Anglers Club.

He is survived by son, William Edward “George” Dunkum and daughter-in-law Asa Dunkum of Orangevale, Calif.; daughter, Linda Dunkum de Gadea and V.H. Martin Gadea Sr. of Ukiah, Calif.; grandson, V.H. Martin Gadea Jr. of Ukiah, Calif.; granddaughter, Diana and her husband Jared Kurtz of Ukiah, Calif.; and great-grandchildren, Logan and Judah Kurtz of Ukiah, Calif.

Arrangements are by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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