James F. (Buster) Dunn was born on Jan. 4, 1929, in Crowley, Texas. He passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at the Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring, at the age of 83.
Buster attended schools in Colorado City, Roscoe and TSTI in Sweetwater. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1946, and then volunteered for the 11th Airborne where he completed jump school. He met and married Wanda Martin in 1954 in Roscoe, TX where they made their home and raised three children. He was employed as a welder at Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railroad before retiring in 1987. He enjoyed collecting various antiques and had a passion for collectibles including, rare and unique beer cans and coins. In his retired years, he loved shopping at flea markets and participating in an auction. He often shared stories of his childhood and military days.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Buster is preceded in death by his parents, Giles Dunn and Ada Bransom Dunn; sisters, Allie Haney and Peggy Richburg; and his beloved wife, Wanda Dunn.
He is survived by daughter, Kay Hunter and husband, Mike; daughter, Terri Griffin and husband Jeff; and son, Hank and wife Jeana; grandsons, Shane Hunter and wife Maegan, Clint Hunter and wife, Sara, James Dunn and fiancé Audrey Ibarra, Bradley Dunn and Tyler Griffin; granddaughter, Audrey Griffin, great-granddaughters, Ever Grace Hunter and Madison Kay Hunter; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Buster and his late wife Wanda enjoyed 58 years of marriage. He instilled his values and integrity in his children and grandchildren. He taught all of them to enjoy hunting and fishing. He encouraged his children and grandchildren to share in his passion for collecting antiques. His family and friends will always remember him as a kind and gentle man and will fondly treasure the stories he told and his passion for life. For those who loved him the most, he will always be remembered as Paw.
The family would like to extend a special thank you for his caregivers at Scenic Mountain Medical Center, Texas State Veterans Home and Compass Hospice and family friends, Patsy and Steve Hagerman.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to West Texas Rehabilitation Center, 4601 Hartford Street, Abilene, TX 79605.
A public visitation will be held on Monday, April 23, 2012, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater, TX. A private family military burial with honors will follow at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene, TX.
Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.mccoyfh.com .