Funeral services for Allen R. Dunham, 78, of Hammond will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at noon at the Hammond Presbyterian Church with Pastor Norma Murphy officiating. Burial will follow the service at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Hammond.
Calling hours will be held also on Wednesday prior to the funeral at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Dunham died on Monday morning, Dec. 15, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family.
Surviving is his wife, Catherine; a son, Richard Dunham and his wife Melissa of Ogdensburg; a daughter, Megan Dunham of Syracuse; two grandchildren, Reilly & Rhian Dunham; sisters Betty McCarthy of Illinois and Carol Grey and her husband Edward of Albany; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by several siblings.
Allen was born on July 15, 1936 in Hammond, a son of Frank and Mary (Shutler) Dunham. He graduated from Hammond Central School as valedictorian class of 1953 and then received an associate's degree in applied science in agriculture with honors from Canton ATI in 1955. He then married Catherine Bogart on October 20, 1966 with Rev. J. Vincent Crawford officiating. He owned and operated the family farm for many years until declining health in 2011.
Some of his activities while in school included, being a class officer, playing in the band and singing in chorus, FFA where he held several offices in the local chapter as county president and state secretary. He received the state farmer degree and went to the national convention in Kansas City twice. He also played basketball and was captain of the track team. He was very active in the grange first as a junior member, then moving on to 50 years in the Subordinate Grange where he held offices on the local, state and national level.
Allen was a lifetime member of the Hammond Presbyterian Church where he served several terms as an elder. He also sang in the choir for several years and did some solo work, being noted for his deep bass voice. He was a member and leader of the Hammond All Stars 4-H club, headed area dairy judging programs for 30 years, and was appointed to the county 4-H program committee, and was elected to the St. Lawrence County Cooperative Extension Board of Directors and as President. He was very active in the Hammond Fair, and was dairy cattle superintendent for more than 30 years.
Allen was also elected to the St. Lawrence County Legislature for 12 years where he also served on many committees. He was also a member of the Hammond Planning Board and the St. Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District for 12 years. Allen enjoyed showing and judging cattle, watching his children play sports, and spending time with his family.
Memorial contributions can be made to The Juvenile Diabetes Association, 1200-A Scottsville Rd, Suite 100, Rochester NY 14624 or Alzheimer's Association Central New York, 441 West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204.
Arrangements are with the Fox and Murray Funeral Home.
Condolences can also be shared online at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.