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BANGOR - Walter (Bud) Dunifer, Jr., 97, died unexpectedly February 4, 2016, at a local hospital. He was born January 7, 1919, in Passadumkeag, Maine, the son of Walter E. Dunifer Sr. and Flora (Tourtillotte) Dunifer.

Walter attended John Bapst High School. On November 14, 1941, Walter enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of the 1st Marines serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the war he married Elinor M. Thayer on December 13, 1947. They settled in Bangor, and in 1957, they purchased a farm on the Swan Road in Hermon. They celebrated 68 years of marriage on December 13, 2015. Also, the family celebrated Walters 97th birthday on January 7, 2016. Walter was an automobile painter for almost 50 years before retiring.

In addition to his parents, Walter was predeceased by a sister, Pauline (Dunifer) Sylvester; and a brother, Albert Dunifer. Surviving in addition to his wife, Elinor (Thayer) Dunifer; a sister, Alice (Dunifer) White; sons, Bruce and his wife, Charlotte, Chris and his wife, Linda, and Duane and his wife, Nicky; eight grandchildren, Wendy, Samantha, Kim, Melissa, Heather, Danielle, Duane, and Chris; eighteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service with military honors will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016, at the Snow's Corner Cemetery, Hermon. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on  April 28, 2016
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