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Wayne Brian Dunham

October 17, 1953 May 19, 2019
Wayne Brian Dunham
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Wayne Brian Dunham, 65, a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina [formerly of Poughkeepsie,
New York] passed away peacefully at home on May 19,2019 with family present after a
courageous battle with A.L.L. [Leukemia]
Wayne was born on October 17, 1953 in Poughkeepsie, New York to the parents of Roy E.
Dunham and Helen Mable Lester also of Poughkeepsie, New York.
He was a 1971 graduate of Arlington High School, Freedom Plains, NY. In 1976 Wayne earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.
On July 10, 2007, Wayne married his soul mate, Jean DeBord, of Chattanooga, Tennessee in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jean is the daughter of Neil B. DeBord and Doris Mae also of Chattanooga, TN.
In addition to his wife, Jean, Wayne is survived by three daughters: Carrie Mayeux and her
husband Landry of Olympia, Washington; Laura Dunham of Charlotte, North Carolina; Audrey
Gold and her husband Kienan of Huntersville, North Carolina; one step-son Rob Livingston and his wife Mandy of Chattanooga, Tennessee; one brother Roy C. Dunham and his wife Barbara of Venice, Florida and a sister Cheryl D. Venuto and her husband Ed of Hyde Park New York. He is survived also by one grandson, Jameson Gold of Huntersville, North Carolina and four step grandchildren, Jake Livingston; Noah Livingston; Austin Jones and Kayli Jones of Chattanooga, Tennessee along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In September 1976, after graduating from Clemson, Wayne went to work for Westinghouse at
their South Boston, Virginia location. In 1980 he moved with Westinghouse to join them at
their Indianapolis, Indiana location – residing in Carmel, Indiana. Wayne left Westinghouse in
April 1989 and joined Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. [MEPPI] moving to Charlotte,
North Carolina. Wayne retired from Mitsubishi Electric Power Products in October 2018 as
South East Regional Vice President. MEPPI is headquartered in Warrendale, PA.
Wayne was a very talented man with a widespread of interests. Whatever he decided to
pursue he did so wholeheartedly and top shelf never scrimping or short-cutting.
He was a huge short-wave radio enthusiast. An interest which began in his younger years with
a cousin and which only grew stronger into his adult years. He was able to speak to people
from all over the world which he so enjoyed doing. He was a Lifetime Member of the ARRL
(American Radio Relay League)
Wayne couldn’t have enough electric and folk guitars - a passion for guitars began in during
Wayne’s childhood and only broadened as an adult. He was meticulous with his guitars –
keeping humidity controls on his folk guitars and repairing frets or anything else that needed to
be maintained. He had purchased a kit and built his own electric guitar which proudly hangs
amongst his collection of many.
He dabbled with Magic from time to time. He always loved seeing the expressions on the faces of those he “performed” for - trying to figure out his trick and asking “how did you do that”? Wayne also dabbled in candy making which he proudly shared amongst family and friends. He was sometimes kidded about pursuing it more seriously once he retired – perhaps having a mail-order business. Another of Wayne’s hobbies was working with stained glass – making a beautiful Tiffany-style lampshade and many widow and Christmas ornaments for family. He was an avid fan of Clemson football – wearing his “lucky” Clemson t-shirt during each game, but threatening to rip it off if it looked like “the Tigers” were looking like they might lose. He also enjoyed rooting for the home team - the Carolina Panthers.
Wayne was a proud lifetime member of the NRA and loved going to the shooting range for
target practice. He was proud of his collection and as he did with everything, kept them all
appropriately cleaned and maintained.
Wayne and his wife Jean enjoyed nurturing their patio herb garden and patio tomatoes –
reaping their harvest into their home meals – cooking was something they so enjoyed doing
Wayne had a huge heart and a positive and upbeat soul. He always said, “I’m a survivor and a
son of a Marine”. From the very beginning of his Leukemia diagnosis he was determined to
conquer the disease and move on with his life. He had a smile so big and a laugh so hearty –
you couldn’t help but be happy when you were around him. He emitted positive energy to all
those he encountered…. always with a “Hey, how are doing?” Wayne will be sorely missed by
all who knew him.
There will be no viewing hours. A memorial service celebrating Wayne’s life will be scheduled
at the convenience of the family.

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