WENDELL AUSTIN DUNHAM

March 07, 1946
- February 16, 2007

TRAPPER CREEK - Milo and Alaska - Wendell Austin Dunham, 60, died Feb. 16, 2007, after a lengthy illness. Wendell was born March 7, 1946, in Dover-Foxcroft to Wendell A. and Loretta May (Nichols) Dunham. He was raised and graduated high school in Milo, then enlisted in the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge April 16, 1965.
After working in the logging camps of Northern Maine, Wendell made his way to Alaska in the late 1970s. A few years later, he staked acreage along a stream about 20 miles from the road system near the Kahiltna River, southeast of Trapper Creek, where he constructed his first log cabin by himself. In the early years he hauled supplies in by backpack, fording both Moose and Kroto Creeks. An avid and excellent fisherman, he would catch rainbow trout for supper on his long, often difficult, hike home through prime bear habitat. A talented mechanic and carpenter, he was also employed as a sawer for Irby Corporation during the construction of the Intertie. Wendell was a quiet and intensely private man, known by many in both Talkeetna and Trapper Creek, but he reserved deep friendships for few. He was respected for his mechanical abilities, his no nonsense approach to living and for helping others. Wendell was exceptionally well read, especially in history, and could be induced to share this knowledge, as well as, memories of his many adventures.
Wendell is survived by two sisters, Hazel Hilberg and Sherry Cartwright, both of Washington state; two aunts, Carol Leech of Bangor and Marilyn Lombardo of Connecticut; caregiver and longtime friend, Crystal Hyde of Trapper Creek, Alaska; nieces, nephews, cousins and several close friends in Alaska.
He was delighted to have made contact with his sisters after decades of separation. At Wendell's request there will be no formal services, but a portion of his ashes will be scattered by plane over his home.


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