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Melva Jean Dunton

November 6, 1937 January 19, 2019
Melva Jean Dunton
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Obituary for Melva Jean Dunton

Melva Jean Dunton was born the daughter of George and Thada (Boelman) Kuhlers in Cerro Gordo County on November 6, 1937 and passed away at home in West Des Moines at the age of 81 on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Crossroads Evangelical Free Church in Earlham. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, at the Merservey Cemetery in Merservey. Family will greet friends Wednesday, January 23 from 5-7 p.m. at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel.

After graduating from Meservey High School, Melva attended Cosmetology School, and on January 18, 1957 Melva (Kuhlers) wed Gary Dunton in Meservey, Iowa. Gary and Melva were blessed with 3 children; Julie, Jon, and Jason. The happy couple enjoyed living in various places, including Hawaii, during Gary’s service in The United States Navy. In the early 1960s, Gary and Melva moved to the Des Moines area where Melva was a mother and a bookkeeper until their move to Diamondhead Lake in 1996.

Melva spent her retirement attending her grandchildren's and great grandchildren’s sports and musical events, traveling, and volunteering at church. Melva was a member of Crossroad Evangelical Free Church.

Her father, George Kuhlers; mother, Thada (Boelman) Kuhlers; husband, Gary Dunton; and grandson, Danny Dunton preceded Melva in death.

Melva leaves the following family to celebrate her life; daughter, Julie Richards and husband Joe of Waukee; son, Jon Dunton and wife Shelley of Van Meter; son, Jason Dunton and wife Megan of Urbandale; sister, Janice Prestholt and husband Cleon of Indianapolis; sister Sharon Josten and husband LaVurne of Forest City; five grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Crossroad Evangelical Free Church in Earlham. Online condolences may be left at

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5:00 PM 1/23/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/23/2019 7:00:00 PM
McCalley Chapel

735 South 14th Street
Adel, Iowa 50003

McCalley Chapel
735 South 14th Street Adel 50003 Iowa
United States

Funeral Service




10:30 AM 1/24/2019 10:30:00 AM
Earlham Crossroads Evangelical Free Church

18293 365th St.
Earlham, Iowa 50072

Earlham Crossroads Evangelical Free Church
18293 365th St. Earlham 50072 Iowa
United States

Cemetery Details


Meservey Cemetery Final Resting Place

Cerro Gordo St and 1st St.
Merservey, iowa 50457

Cerro Gordo St and 1st St. Merservey 50457 iowa
United States

Memorial Contribution

Earlham Crossroads Evangelical Free Church

18293 365th St.
Earlham, Iowa 50072

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