Rance D. Dunmire

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September 18, 1933 ~ November 2, 2006

Resided in: Pueblo West, CO

Rance D. Dunmire, CAPT USN (Ret.), 73, of Pueblo West, Colo., passed away Nov. 2, 2006. Survived by his wife of 51 years, Jo Dunmire; children, Brad (Darla) Dunmire of Pueblo, Gail (Earl) Kirkwood of Colorado Springs and Grant Dunmire of Denver; and a very special friend who is like a son, Doug Courson of Denver; siblings, Joe A. (Arlyne) Dunmire of Casper, Wyo., Dr. I. Dale (Carlynn) Dunmire of Stockton, Calif., Belva (Chuck) Chapin of Boulder City, Nev. and Bob (Helene) Dunmire of Denver; and grandchildren, Katy (Brian) Frazier of Pueblo, Micah (Zac) Langston of Laramie, Wyo., Holly Dunmire of Pueblo, Brady Kirkwood and Dana Kirkwood, both of Colorado Springs. Rance was born to George and Gladys Dunmire on Sept. 18, 1933, in Basin, Wyo. He was a career U.S. Naval Aviator, retiring in 1986, after 31 years of service. He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he was active with Volunteers in Mission. He was also active with Pueblo Historical Aircraft Society and a member of Model A and Model T Ford Clubs and several R.V. clubs. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service will be held 1p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at First Methodist Church, 11th and Court, with the Reverend Dr. Rick Calhoun officiating. Full military honors by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pueblo Historical Aircraft Society or Leukemia Society, through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Jo and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Have good memories of Rance when we shared an alley apartment together going through VP-31 in San Diego. He was a true gentleman we can all look up to. God Bless. Lynn

  2. Dear Jo and family,

    I just don’t know the words to say how sorry I am. Rance was a great guy and will be sadly missed. I am so glad that your family lives near to you. You will be in my prayers at this hard time.



  3. I’m very sorry for your loss. He was a great and fun man. I will never forget his personality and the ride he gave me in his model T.

    I’m sorry I wasn’t able to make the funeral.

    Audra (Marcia’s Daughter – Belva’s Grandaughter)

  4. Grant & Family – we are thinking about you during this time and know that the love of your family and your friends will always support you.

  5. Dear Jo,Brad,Gail,Grant and all your family, I’m so sorry to hear of Rance’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I remember my time on Guam with you fondly. Remember the babysitter and the “rescue” of our kids you, Rance, Jean and Ken performed? Funny now, not so funny then! And your red Mercedes? So cool! My very best to you, Jo.

  6. Jo and family, we are saddened to hear the news. Our Okinawa days are far behind but we still cherish the memories and glad to renew our friendship at VP-4 reunions. Our prayers are with you all.

    Frank & Charlotte Colburn

  7. Endings are always sad. We were saddened to learn of Rance’s death. You all were one of the first couples we met on Okinawa. We have such good memories of that tour.
    Jo we feel your pain and loss. Chin up,

    Sharon and Bill Kraper

  8. Dear Jo & Family: Where do we start??? There are so many wonderful memories. We are so glad we were able to see you all last month & try to encourage Rance. You are all our heroes– what a grand fight you all put up. We’ll miss that wonderful guy. Stay strong and feel happy that he is at peace in God’s arms. We love you all. Hersh & Kay

  9. Dear Jo and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Rance was such a great guy and wonderful role model for so many.


  10. Dear Jo,
    We were so very sorry to hear of your loss and send our condolences to you and your family. Please know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Jo and Family,
    We thought so much of Rance and he was highly respected by all of us. It was like one big “family” when we lived next door those years in Hawaii. Our love and sympathy to you all. We will be in touch. Fran, Stan, Stephanie, Patrick, and Leslie

  12. We share the family’s grief and sense of loss. But we are comforted that Rance has found peace in the Mansion of the Lord.

  13. You are all in our prayers. I wish we could be there to share in the goodbye. He is in a better place and will be watching over all of you. Love – Michelle

  14. Rance was such a great friend, he will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.

  15. Dearest Jo

    Our hearts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Rance was a wonderful guy – so much fun and vitality and we will miss him so very much. Clark really enjoyed working with him on 2005 Model A tour. We will see you Saturday. Until then, please know we love you and are here for you if you need us.

    Clark and Karen Absher

  16. Sorry for your loss. Rance was a special friend to my whole family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Sean and Leanne Polson

  17. We love Rance, we had more fun with
    him on MT trip, remember one time we had the run & no one could come so we left went to Beulah back road
    never saw such beutiful sunflowers he had never seen such a thing.

  18. Dearest Jo and Family,Shari and I have fond memories of Rance and our travels with him in Mexico.It is our hope that the good memories and joy you had together will sustain you in your time of sorrow.

  19. Remembering all the great times we had in VA so many years ago. Rance was such a great guy. Jo, we know you will miss your best buddy. We will too. Bill & RP

  20. Our condolences to Jo, Brad, Gail and Grant and the whole family. Rance was dearly loved and highly respected by all his family and friends. He was a wonderful Naval officer, husband,father,friend and shipmate to all who knew him. Fair winds and following seas from Bobby and Carolyn

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