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Joseph T. "Tom" Dunlap

Joseph T. "Tom" Dunlap, 89, of Elyria, died Monday, February 4, 2013, at The Abbewood in Elyria. He was born October 24, 1923, in Lorain and was a 1941 graduate of Elyria High School.

He studied engineering at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and then served as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army during WWII, receiving The Purple Heart and European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with 3 bronze stars.

Tom was a firefighter with the Elyria Fire Department from 1946, until retiring in 1983 as assistant fire chief. After retirement, he was employed as a crossing guard for the Elyria City Schools. He had formerly attended St Agnes, St. Mary and St. Jude Churches in Elyria.

He enjoyed his family, all sports, was an enthusiastic follower of Elyria High School Pioneer sports, an Ohio State Buckeye fan and a Cleveland Indians fan. He enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, and his pet dogs over the years.

Tom is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen L. (nee Miko); daughter, Denise Ann (David) Meister of South Haven, Michigan; son, Thomas A. (Susan) Dunlap of Mission Viejo, California; six grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Kuhn in 1980.

Friends will be received Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 11 A.M. until the time of a 12:30 P.M., funeral service at Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Avenue, Elyria. Tom’s son-in-law, Reverend David W. Meister will officiate, assisted by a nephew, Father Christopher Kuhn and Reverend Alana Kelley. Burial will be in Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria, where Elyria V.F.W. # 1079 will conduct military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Elyria V.F.W. # 1079, 500 South Abbe Road Elyria, OH 44035 or American Legion Post 12, 393 Ohio St., Elyria, OH 44035.

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