Howard Eugene Dunifon
Howard Eugene Dunifon

WEST CHESTER, Ohio — Howard Eugene Dunifon, 86, formerly of Lima, was called into the presence of the Lord at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at his home in West Chester.

Howard was born Nov. 19, 1927, in Van Wert, Ohio, to the late Clay and Bertha M. (Myers) Dunifon.

On May 5, 1956, he married the love of his life, Evelyn Louise (Snavley) Dunifon, who passed away Sept. 27, 2011, after 55 wonderful years of marriage.

Mr. Dunifon was a 1945 graduate of Ridge High School, now Lincolnview, and a 1954 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a veteran of the United States Army, serving during WWII. Howard retired from SOHIO / Vistron / BP in 1985, after 30 years of service. He was a member of Lima Lodge 205 Free & Accepted Masons, Lima Chapter 49 Royal Arch Masons, Lima Council 20 Royal and Select Masons, Shawnee Commandery 14 Knights Templar, and was a 32nd degree Mason Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton. Howard was a member of the Professional Society of Engineers, Lima Chapter. He was also a member of Cridersville United Methodist Church, and was currently attending Cornerstone United Methodist Church in West Chester.

Howard and Evelyn were blessed with two daughters, Janet E. Davis and Barbara J. (Jeff) Evers, both of West Chester; three grandchildren, Shannon E. Davis, Kelly A. Evers, and Nathaniel C. Davis. Other survivors include three sisters, Mary Marshall, Helen Schaadt, of Van Wert, and Margaret (John) Evans of Middle Point; and sister-in-law, Pat Dunifon of Van Wert.

He is preceded in death by two brothers, Harold (Mildred) Dunifon, and Doyt Dunifon, two brothers-in-law, Harley Marshall, and Ralph Schaadt, and a sister-in-law, Mary E. (Carlton W.) Powell.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel. Burial will follow in Shawnee Cemetery. Pastor Thomas Eisenman will officiate. Military rites will be provided by the United States Army and VFW 1275. Friends may call from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at the funeral home and one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday. Masonic services will be observed at 8 p.m. Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lima Masonic Center General Fund, 2165 N. Cole St., Lima, Ohio 45801-2428 or Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, Lima Chapter, c/o Kohli and Kaliher Associates, 2244 Baton Rouge Ave., Lima, OH. 45805 or Crossroads Hospice, 4380 Glendale-Milford Rd., Cincinnati, OH. 45242

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