Helped with the family business, was a career pilot


Helped with the family business, was a career pilot

James Dunn, known as Bud around the Ozarks when a young man, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Manhattan Beach, California home on Sunday, September 26, 2010, after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was 93.
Bud was born in Iowa, but grew up in Missouri.  His parents, Artie and Ollie Dunn ran the commissary for the construction company building the Tunnel Dam, then settled in Camdenton.  Artie Dunn had a grocery store, bottling plant, beer distributorship, as well as an ice plant in Camdenton.  The businesses were run by Bud and brothers. Lester and Merle, as well as several local young men of the area. Bud started driving trucks at age 14 to deliver beer as well as the company soft drinks known as Dunn's Deluxe.
Bud was a graduate of Camdenton High School.  Later, he bought a small airplane and learned to fly with a good friend he knew from school. The hobby turned into a passion and Bud later went on to a 35-year airline pilot career with Western Airlines.  He also flew air evacuations in the South Pacific during WWII.
While flying for Western, Bud met a beautiful stewardess and his future bride.  Bud and Eva Coburn married in 1951 and settled in Southern California.  Bud continued to fly out of Los Angeles and later out of Honolulu.  They had two children, Mike and Michelle.  Bud loved the Ozarks and the family vacationed in Camdenton every summer in order to spend time with Bud's mother and brothers and their families.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, his two brothers Merle and Lester Dunn, and his wife of 56 years, Eva.  He is survived by his two children Mike and Michelle, a granddaughter Jamie Dunn, as well as a niece Barbara Dunn Ryan, niece Sue Dunn Farmer, and nephew Bill Dunn and their families.  Bud and Eva will both be buried at Blair Cemetery next to Merl and Marguerite Dunn.  
Condolences may be sent to the Dunn Family at 324 23rd Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or email Iristew23@aol.com.