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Edward Kendall Dunn

Thousand Oaks, CA

Edward Kendall Dunn, of Thousand Oaks, CA, passed away in the early morning hours of December 25, 2017 with his loving family by his bedside. He was known to all who loved him as "Ed".

Ed was born in Muskegon, Michigan on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 1926 to R. Glen Dunn (known to all as Glen) and Dorothy Chessman Dunn. The third of four children, Ed spent most of his childhood years growing up in the township of Mason, Michigan. Ed's father was an attorney and graduate of the University of Michigan where he played on the Wolverine football team while earning a degree in law. His mother Dorothy was a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in music. As Ed grew into his teenage years, he developed a love for the game of golf, listening and dancing to the swing bands of the late 1930s and early 1940s. It was during this time he would meet his sweetheart and later his wife, Imogene Louine Bright, who was known to most family and friends as "Jeanne".

On March 18, 1944, after turning 18, Ed enlisted in the Navy and began training as a radar man at Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. After his training he was assigned to join the naval crew of the newly built Fletcher class destroyer, the USS Metcalf. While in the midst of serving as a radar man in the Combat Information Center (CIC) aboard the Metcalf, Ed was summoned to return home along with his brother Bud (Glen), a naval officer, to be with their father who was diagnosed with throat cancer. Ed's father survived the surgery and went on to live another 28 years! Ed finished his naval service stateside in the vicinity of Chicago and was honorably discharged in November 1946.

After his naval service , Ed entered the University of Michigan where he obtained his Master's Degree in History. It was during his early college years that he reconnected with his longtime sweetheart Jeanne. They would marry on June 17, 1948, and move to Grand Ledge, Michigan, for his first teaching job and to start a family. Ed and Jeanne had 3 children: Michael, Jennifer, and Patrick. In 1956 a decision was made to move the family to California. Ed remembered the wonderful climate in California during his naval assignments and decided to head West with the family.

Ed and family first moved to a home in Sepulveda, currently known as North Hills. He got a teaching job with the Los Angeles City Unified School District and taught history and social studies from 1956 to 1988. After teaching for 1 year at a junior high school, he then taught at Reseda High School and would finish his teaching career at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. In 1963 Ed moved his family to Thousand Oaks, CA where he resided in the same home until his death.

Ed had a great passion to teach and loved interaction with his students. He enjoyed interacting with people on a personal level and always had an interest at what others had to say. He loved telling stories but also listening to them. He was an avid reader and kept his mind sharp by playing games and doing crossword puzzles. He also enjoyed golfing, taking long walks during the morning hours, and traveling.

A couple of years after Jeanne's unexpected death in January 1989, Ed found companionship and a travel partner in a family friend, Lori Alexander. They remained together until her passing in March 2014. Her daughter, Shelley, whom Ed cared for very much, remained with him as a friend and companion.

Ed's favorite pastimes during the last few years were gambling and dining at Santa Ynez, enjoying Happy Hours at least once a week, and watching sports on TV, particularly his beloved Detroit Tigers and Michigan Wolverine football and basketball teams. But most of all his greatest enjoyment was being around people. He was a generous, caring and compassionate man. His favorite times were hosting family and friends for get-togethers and for many celebrations!

Ed is survived by his son Michael Dunn (Suzanne) of Simi Valley, his daughter Jennifer Siebers of Camarillo, his son Patrick Dunn (Nancy) of Westminster. He is also survived by his grandson Christopher Dunn of Antioch, and his granddaughters Melissa Brisbois (Russell) of Newbury Park and Emily Dunn of Hermosa Beach, and his great-granddaughter Isabella Brisbois of Newbury Park.

A memorial in Ed's honor will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, 101 E. Wilbur Rd., Thousand Oaks. This is a celebration of Ed's life, so please wear something fitting for celebrating happy memories! Ed frequently wore navy blue, but loved his greens and colorful Hawaiian shirts! In lieu of flowers/plants, which would be welcomed if so chosen, a donation to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated!

 
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