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James Dunn’s Obituary (2021)

Dunn, James William

Madison – James William Dunn, 88, from Madison, passed away on Friday, November 12, 2021, at the Oak Park Place skilled nursing facility in Madison. He was born on June 29, 1933 in Portage to Walter and Laura (Lipke) Dunn.

Jim graduated from Portage High School in 1953. He married Corinne (Bisbee) Dunn on July 2, 1960, and together they raised three sons, Michael (Jane), Thomas (Jane) and Stephen (Rebecca).

Jim grew up during the Great Depression and his family, like most others, was poor. And yet Jim always remembered that his house was warm, they had food and clothes, although he was not always sure, as his parents did. In his youth, Jim suffered from asthma, which forced him to miss a year in school. All this time, his mother obediently and lovingly took care of him, curing him. He was eternally grateful to her.

After high school, Jim worked in various roles, including as a cook on the Milwaukee Road Railroad. He always said that his signature dish was peanut butter sandwiches. He was also a completely unskilled fitter at Badger Ordinance, a job his father got for him. He also worked as an insurance policy salesman. He eventually became a skilled steam installer after completing a four-year apprenticeship before moving on to work at Pharo Heating in Madison. For most of his life, Jim has been a proud member of Steamfitters Local 601 in Madison.

In 1963, he took a job at the Physics Plant in UW-Madison, eventually becoming an expert in heating and air conditioning mechanics, first at UW Hospital on University Avenue, then at the Health Sciences Building on Charter Street, and also at Bardeen. and McArdle Laboratories. He left UW in 1993.

Jim enjoyed spending time with his family, whether it was his aunts’ summer picnics, the buzz with several generations of the family; or a simple lunch with his boys by the lake in Pardyville. He especially enjoyed playing and entertaining his nephews, nephews and grandchildren, especially when they were young. He loved bowling, spending several decades on Thursday nights at the Portage Sport Bowl, leading the mighty Joe’s Standard in the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid investor, studying the Wall Street Journal and Barrons, taking notes, following advice, looking for a big one, whether it was a failed Disney in the 1970s, or a new invention called the “Chill Can” that just didn’t quite catch on.

Jim loved Las Vegas, traveled to Las Vegas many times over the years, and often lamented in the years that followed at the seizure of perks and perks by corporations rather than the more lavish gangsters. His game was blackjack. His system was his gut. And often he won more than he lost. (“There is nothing better than winning money,” he said.) And if there was such a thing as a predator, Jim would be.

Jim often said that he was a very fortunate person because there was always a strong woman in his life who took care of him, from his mother Laura to his sister Janet, his first wife Corinne and finally his second wife. , Joanna. He was always and forever grateful to each of them for the love, patience and companionship that they showed him. Jim was a devoted Christian and Catholic, baptized and confirmed from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Portage, then a long time member of St. Dennis Catholic Church in Madison, and also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1637, Portage. …

Jim was preceded by the death of Corinne, who passed away in June 2000. He later married Joanne (Kearns) Dunn in 2002. Joanne died before him, passed away in 2020. Jim’s parents, brother Jack and sister Janet, also preceded him. him in death. He has children left; grandchildren, Erin, Anna, Brad and Ryan; brother Richard; and daughter-in-law Marty; son-in-law, Daniel Bisbee; and daughter-in-law Donna; daughter-in-law Joyce Bisbee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Christian Burial Mass will take place at ST. DENNIS’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 505 Dempsey Road, Madison, at 10:30 am Thursday, November 18, 2021 Church attendance will be from 9:00 am until Mass on Thursday. The funeral will be at Highland Memory Gardens.

The Dunn family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Oak Park Place Skilled Nursing Center and the nurses and staff at Agrace HospiceCare for the warm and personal care they have given Jim in the last months of his life, especially regarding the COVID protocols. often prevented him from receiving visitors.

Instead of flowers, the family asks you to consider donating to the American Players Theater, Agrace HospiceCare, or the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences can be sent at

Gunderson east

Funeral and cremation

5203 Monona Drive

(608) 221-5420

Published by on November 16, 2021

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