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David Dunham

July 24, 1946 — July 25, 2022

David Owen Dunham, age 76, of Bennington, KS passed away Monday, July 25, 2022 in Bennington.

Dave was born July 24, 1946 in Los Angeles County, CA to parents Robert and Winifried (Spies) Dunham.  Dave was raised by his loving guardians, Gene and Ruth Kruger.

Dave graduated from Elkhorn High School in Elkhorn, NE with the class of 1964.  While in high school, he was active in track and football, earning both an academic and football scholarship to further his education at Doane College in Crete, NE.  Dave completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969 and was a member of Phi Alpha Theta at Doane.

David married Cathy (Ward) Dunham on January 28, 1980 in Las Vegas, NV.  The couple was blessed with three sons: Jeremy, Nathan and Joshua.  Dave enjoyed a rewarding career in education, teaching and coaching at Bellevue High School, McCook High School, Scotts City High School, Guymon High School, Salina South High School and Bennington High School before retiring in 2009.  He also ran a successful lawn care business, Dunham’s Lush Lawn, until the time of his passing.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents and his guardians; brother, Danny Emley; father-in-law Harley Ward and sister-in-law, Glenda Ward.

Those left to celebrate his life include his wife, Cathy  Dunham of Bennington, KS; children, Jeremy Dunham,  Nathan Dunham and Joshua Dunham, all of Salina, KS;  siblings, Richard (Debra) Dunham of St. Petersburg, FL, Jim (Mary) Kruger of Stayton, OR, John (Liza) Kruger of LaVista, NE, Jerry (Corina) Kruger of Omaha, NE, and Joe (Peg)   Kruger of North Platte, NE; mother-in-law JoAnn Ward, brother in law, William Ward of Palisade, NE; sister in laws, Cindy (Tom) Monnahan of Palisade, NE, Cheri Ward of McCook, NE, and Dwana (Edward) Flaig of Palisade; granddaughters, Hailey, Heidi and Madison; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation with Family Present to Greet Friends

Sunday, July 31, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home

305 West C Street, McCook, NE 69001

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Funeral Service

Monday, August 1, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Palisade United Methodist Church

103 North Powell Street, Palisade, NE 69040

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Burial

Monday, August 1, 2022

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