Letter to the Editor
Local VFW loses three in three weeks
January 12, 2011 - Dear editor,
In mid December, North Oakland VFW Post 334 signed its 100th member only to be followed by the passing of three Life Members a three-week period.
The most recent loss was Dec. 29 when I was notified that Thomas Dunn, a charter member of the Post and the Post's first Commander, had died.
Dunn lived in Samantha, AL according to his son James Dunn, who called to report his father's passing. James explained that his father came to Michigan from Alabama looking for work when he was 19.
Dunn was drafted and sent to Korea, but when he returned to Michigan he owned and operated a service station in Rochester for several years. He then worked for a paper company and invented the first machine that made filters for coffee percolators.
During his lifetime, Dunn designed and built three homes, the last one his retirement home in Samantha.
Life Member Arthur Harp, who lived in Oxford, passed Dec. 26.
Arthur and his wife Betty owned and operated Harp's Sales and Service for 26 years and he was a member of the Lake Orion United Methodist Church for more than 50 years.
I was also notified that Dennis Ruark, another member of VFW Post 334, had recently died.
Ruark and his wife were retired and living in Twining, but no details were provided as to when his funeral took place.
The loss of three members in a three-week period is very unusual, as there has been an average of one member passing in about a ten-month period over the past five years.
North Oakland VFW
Post 334 Commander