August 18, 1951
May 18, 2021
Johnny Dewayne Dunham was born August 18, 1951 in Ada Oklahoma to Orval and Lillie Siebel Dunham. He was baptized at First Lutheran Church. Their family moved to Baytown, Texas when Johnny was two years old. He was confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Johnny was a 1969 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown. He continued his education at Blinn College and graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He also took graduate courses at University of Houston at Clear Lake. On July 15, 1972, Johnny married the love of his life, Becky Gale Sanders at Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, Texas.
Johnny worked as Vice President of Operations for Affiliated Rice Milling for 35 years and was General Manager of Consolidated Warehousing. He worked in the same office for 47 years. He valued each of their employees.
He was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, President of Alvin Noon Lions Club, President of Alvin Chamber of Commerce, and member of Carmine Cedar Creek Schuetzin Verein.
Johnny enjoyed deer hunting with Mark, Chase, Eldon, Mason, Jimmy, Jonathan and Jeff. He loved spending time in Carmine and visiting with his friends. He enjoyed helping the community by contributing his time cooking for fund raising events.
Johnny’s huge heart belonged to his family, especially his four precious grandchildren. He was lovingly known to them as Pops or Popsie. There was never a conversation between he and his grandchildren where “I love you.” wasn’t exchanged and Tripp would add, “You’re my best friend, Popsie.” Johnny loved these precious blessings with all of his heart and soul.
In 2013, Johnny was diagnosed with melanoma. Facing this foe with determination, courage, dignity and strength, he spent the last seven and a half years fighting this relentless disease.
Johnny LOVED the signs of spring arriving. He would start looking for Indian paint brushes (Indian Blankets) in January. It seemed to be a family competition as to who would see the first Indian blankets. With the unusual amount of rain in the spring of 2019, a second blooming of the paint brushes in July was a welcome sight, almost as if God was giving him one last look while on his earthly journey.
On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, God took Johnny by the hand to guide him to his heavenly home.
Those gone before him are grandparents, parents, and two of his dearest friends Elvis Hinze and Mark Jacob.
God has Johnny in his keeping, but Johnny remains in the hearts of: his wife Becky Dunham; daughter Shanna Geissen and her husband Gaschen; son Jonathan Dunham; grandchildren Ayden Geissen, Peyton Geissen, Judd Dunham, Tripp Dunham; brother Jim Dunham and wife Cyndi; sisters Cynthia Comley and husband Rick, Barbara Ashby and husband Kent; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the Dunham family will be Friday, May 21 from 5-8 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 22 at 4 p.m. at Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine with Pastor David Tinker officiating. Interment will follow at Carmine Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Glenn Treude, Tony Dooley, Berrie Etzel, Javier Orozco, Robbie Stork, Darrel Neutzler, Eldon Mikeska, Ryan Hinze, James Dunham, Alan Jacob and Chase Jacob.
Honorary pallbearers will be Floyd Etzel, Gary Hahn, Terry Wilson, Clint Ganze, and Richard Peterson, Jr.
Memorials are requested to Martin Luther Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 362, Carmine, TX 78932.
Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.