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Allen Bunham obituary

Posted: Monday, Feb 11th, 2013

PASO ROBLES ó Allen Richard Burnham, 90, of Paso Robles died on Jan. 28, 2013, in Templeton.

He was born on Dec. 5, 1922, in Frederick, Okla., to his parents, Oliver and Ina Burnham. Allen was their only surviving son.

He married Jean Ellen Sindt in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 9, 1945, while he was in the Naval Air Corp. They had met two years earlier when Al was a houseboy in Jeanís sorority house, Alpha Delta Pi. While attending Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater, Okla., he was member of Sigma Nu fraternity.

Upon the USAís entrance into World War II, he enlisted in the Navy. Following enlistment, he was stationed in Athens, Ga., for Naval Air training, and Fort Schuyler in New York state, before returning to Fort Worth, Texas, to marry Jean. She accompanied him to Naval Air assignments in Ottumwa, Iowa; Clinton, Okla.; and Washington, D.C. He completed his military service as they were living on Long Island, N.Y. and working in a castle on the Guggenheim Estate given for the war effort.

Following his honorable discharge with the rank of Ensign, he returned to A&M to complete his bachelorís degree in business administration in 1948. Al remained a proud alumnus of A&M, later called Oklahoma State University, all his adult years.

Al was always a Buick man, working first in their parts department in Fort Worth, Texas, and advancing with Buick Motor Division until his eventual promotion to regional service manager.

His employment with Buick took him and Jean along with their growing family of girls to stops in El Paso, Texas; Lenexa and Hays, Kan.; Phoenix, Ariz., and Thousand Oaks, retiring in Thousand Oaks after 35 years of service in 1984. Retirement did not mean a life of leisure, as he then took jobs as campus supervisor at West Lake High School in Thousand Oaks, as well as the Tandy Corp. He and Jean left long time church friends to move to Paso Robles in 1989.

Even with their many stops, Allenís church was always important to him and he was an active member in each local fellowship. He was an elder in the First Christian Church of the Conejo Valley and Christian Church of Atascadero.

Over his adult life he enjoyed golf, sailing and gardening. In his later years, he enjoyed feeding the deer who nightly came up into their 15th Street front yard in Paso Robles. He played high school football and his love for the sport settled upon the University of Southern California.

For many years he was a season ticket holder and even after moving from Southern California, he avidly watched live games and reruns.

Allen will be remembered by his loving wife, Jean and their children, Diane Young and husband, Marty of Vernal, Utah, Beverly Hughes and husband, Keith of Moorpark and Meg Bateman and husband, Gary of Pottsboro, Texas; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service to celebrate Allenís life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 at Cornerstone Community Church, 7920 Santa Rosa Road in Atascadero.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cornerstone Community Church.

For the complete article see the 02-01-2013 issue.

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