Christopher L. “Chris” Dunnigan III, 82, of Columbus and formerly of Bellefontaine, passed away at 2:44 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at Kobacker House in Columbus.
He was born in Troy, N.Y., on May 1, 1934, to the late Christopher L. Jr. and Ida Elizabeth Vermilyea Dunnigan. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Alf; and three half-sisters, Patty Dunnigan, Kay DeBoer and Christine Martinez.
On Oct. 15, 1955, he married the former Sally Marquis in Bellefontaine, and she survives, along with five children, Lori (Randy) Lowery, Mark (Kimberly) Dunnigan, Cindy Dunnigan, Derek (Tonia) Dunnigan and Katie (Todd) Robinson; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; a half-brother, James Dunnigan; and many nieces and nephews.
A retired purchasing agent for Honda of America, he graduated from Troy High School in New York in 1952. He joined the U.S. Navy Reserves before later serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was stationed at the Bellefontaine Air Force Station where he was a radio and crypto operator. Chris was a life member of VFW Post 1080, Elks Lodge 132 and American Legion Posts173 and 248. He was also a member of Bellefontaine F.O.E. 2166, Indian Lake Moose 1533 and the 664th AC&W Squadron Reunion Committee. In his younger years, Chris enjoyed playing softball. Later in life, he was an avid card player who enjoyed fishing, golfing and bowling.
A memorial service begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, where calling is two hours prior to the service. Burial is in Huntsville Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the 664th Reunion Committee, P.O. Box 12, Bellefontaine, OH 43311. Checks can be written to 664th AC&W Scholarship Fund.
Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.