Open house planned for Dunfee’s 90th


Staff reports

COLUMBIA CITY — Calvin Dunfee, of Columbia City, will celebrate his 90th birthday Oct. 4.

Dunfee was born in Allen County to David and Estella Dunfee. He spent his formative years in nearby Larwill. Dunfee began driving a milk truck when he was 17, but with WWII in full swing, he was drafted into the U.S. Army when he turned 18. He served on the Island of Guam and was honorably discharged in 1947, when he went back to dairy farming and driving a milk truck.

On Jan. 7, 1951, Dunfee married Ardilla Kesling. They set up house in Noble County near Wolf Lake, where he farmed for 30 years. In 1986, the Dunfees moved back to Whitley County, residing in Columbia City. Besides farming, Calvin worked at LM&L and as custodian at the Whitley County 4-H Center.

Dunfee served as a trustee at Merriam Christian Chapel and led the youth in the Faithful Bible Investigators. He also belonged to the Morsches’ Park Shuffleboard Team and currently enjoys attending the Etna Men’s Group.

Cal and Ardilla are the parents of two sons, Michael Dunfee, of Albion; and Kerry (Judy) Dunfee, of Columbia City. They have four grandchildren: Jon Dunfee, Jamie Dunfee, Kelly (Joshua) Moore and Anthony Dunfee. They also are blessed with two great-granddaughters Grace and Gabrielle Dunfee.

Calvin’s children and grandchildren invite the public to an open house 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Saturn Christian Church, 6731 E. C.R. 800 South, Columbia City. Sandwiches and birthday cake will be served. The family asks for no gifts, but cards are welcome. Cards can also be mailed to Dunfee at 1550 W. Buddale Drive, Columbia City, IN, 46725.

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