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Walter “Rusty” Dunham III
  • September 12, 1955
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  • May 28, 2020

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Dr. Walter Erwin Dunham III “Rusty”, 64, of Fort Myers, passed away at his home on May 28, 2020 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Born September 12, 1955 in Bennington, VT., he was the son of Walter Erwin Dunham II and Gloria Joyce Raynor.

Rusty was a registered pharmacist. He was a graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy, and earned his Doctorate in Pharmacy at the University of Florida. He opened and owned the Medicine Shoppe in Lehigh, was the Director of Pharmacy at Lehigh Regional Medical Center, and has worked as the manager of the Pharmacy at Hope Hospice for the past 20 years. Even though he was an industrious businessman, he always put people first.

Rusty was a proud member of D.M.A.T.2 – the Disaster Medical Assistance Team 2. He was deployed to Puerto Rico, Texas, and various other places to assist after hurricanes and storms. Some deployments were rough, but again he put other’s medical needs above his own comfort.

Rusty was a devoted family man. He is survived by his loving wife Dori; parents Joyce and Walt Dunham; children Chris (Megan) Dunham, Kelsey (Jared) Granger, Isaiah Dunham, and Dontavis Edwards, and grandchildren Addison and Flynn Granger; brothers Guy Dunham and Kevin (Lisa) Dunham, and sister Serena (Michelle) Dunham; father in law Norm Tates; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Rusty’s life will be held in late July. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hope Hospice, or to Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ft. Myers, FL, in Rusty’s name. Additional announcement information is forthcoming from the family. Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society, Fort Myers, assisted with arrangements.

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  1. Dianna Wortman Caminos lit a candle:
    28 Apr 2023
    Lit since April 28, 2023 at 4:45:24 PM

  2. Dianna Wortman Caminos says:
    28 Apr 2023
    I remember when Rusty first hired me at the Medicine Shoppe. I had no prior pharmacy training but he showed me love and support and taught me that no matter what..the customer comes first. I learned so much under his tutelage. I became a certified pharmacy technician and eventually pharmacy manager and I never let go of "customers first". May God bless you and your family and I hope we will meet in Heaven some day.

  3. Christopher Dunham lit a candle:
    17 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 17, 2021 at 12:22:58 PM

  4. Christopher Dunham says:
    17 Dec 2021
    I miss you Dad. Every hour of every day. I know you are flying high with the angels but I can’t help but wonder how much more help you could be of as a doctor at Hope Hospic and how wonderful of a father you would still be to my sister, brothers, and myself, not to mention how loving of a husband and confidant to Mom you have been since you two were married 34 years ago this year and how you took me under your wing at the age of 1 and raised me as your own. I will never ever take the years we had together for granted. You taught me so much about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as the American Dream states. You were there for me when no one else was and always had my back, even if I was wrong. You taught me that the quality of life is better than quantity in the end, and you certainly did live. Your beloved Corvette, houses, and vacation spots showed me what I want out of life. I want to live like there is no tomorrow. I want to give back to the community, teach others the way to live, and most importantly take care of my family the way you did. I learned a lot from you over the years and I have retained most of it. I will work hard to take care of Megan and make sure she is looked after. I promise that to my dying breath. I will also keep your memory fresh in the minds of your family and talk of you with distinction to your grandchildren. You were a man to look up to and a person I want to be like. I will always love and cherish your memory. Love you Dad,

  5. Carol Arthur lit a candle:
    18 Jun 2020
    Lit since June 18, 2020 at 6:56:12 AM

  6. Jaye Press says:
    15 Jun 2020
    Dear Dori and family,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your amazing husband and father. I will remember him as a kind person who always had a smile on his face. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Jaye Press

  7. Jonathon Skalmusky and Shenandoah Million lit a candle:
    15 Jun 2020
    Lit since June 15, 2020 at 6:43:31 PM

  8. Jonathon Skalmusky and Shenandoah Million says:
    15 Jun 2020
    Sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers, as well as our thoughts. Rusty was always passionate about taking care of his family and making you all his first priority. He will surely be missed, but his legacy of love will continue through his family from the care he's given throughout life. Dedicated to his work as well as family, he was a fine man. That loving smirk and kind heart will continue to watch over you all.
    John Doah

  9. Teresa and Dan Johnson says:
    15 Jun 2020
    So so sorry you and your family have had this loss. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. With lots of love. May God rain comport and peace down on you.

  10. Shannon Stanfield says:
    15 Jun 2020
    We are so sorry for your loss. Sending you Prayers through this time.
    Shannon & Tom Stanfield

  11. Lindsay & Brandon Danley lit a candle:
    15 Jun 2020
    Lit since June 15, 2020 at 6:03:15 AM

  12. Judy Robles lit a candle:
    14 Jun 2020
    Lit since June 14, 2020 at 6:10:56 PM

  13. Donna Cole lit a candle:
    14 Jun 2020
    Lit since June 14, 2020 at 6:52:16 PM

  14. Donna Cole says:
    14 Jun 2020
    Dori and family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Although I only met Dr. Rusty a few times I know how much you loved him and how much he loved his amazing family. He will always be a part of you and with you in the memories you have shared in this life together. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all.

  15. Mark Grantham says:
    14 Jun 2020
    Sending love and light to the Dunham family. May the joy and love of your family and memories wrap you in warmth.

  16. Suzan and Stacy Coger says:
    14 Jun 2020
    Dear Dunham family,
    We hope you can find consolation in your memories. The love of your blessed husband, father, son, uncle, grandfather and friend lives in the lives you live, and your love for one another. Rest in peace, Rusty. God has another angel to watch over you all.

  17. Suzan and Stacy Coger lit a candle:
    14 Jun 2020
    Lit since June 14, 2020 at 6:30:11 PM

  18. Suzan and StacyCoger lit a candle:
    14 Jun 2020
    Lit since June 14, 2020 at 6:29:40 PM

  19. Kristen Neagle lit a candle:
    14 Jun 2020
    Lit since June 14, 2020 at 6:03:35 PM

  20. Stacy Rolighed says:
    14 Jun 2020
    Dori we are so very sorry for your loss and you and your family have been in our prayers! You and Rusty have been so generous, patient, and gracious with our family. You helped us out in a time of need and we are forever greatful! I really only got to see the quiet side of Rusty but whenever I saw him he always had a smile on his face. I got to see how his being an awesome father played out with Zay and Dee. He raised two caring and amazing boys. Our love goes out to you and your family.

  21. Frost Family lit a candle:
    14 Jun 2020
    Lit since June 14, 2020 at 6:19:03 PM

  22. Stacy Rolighed lit a candle:
    14 Jun 2020
    Lit since June 14, 2020 at 6:07:23 PM

  23. Jaye Press lit a candle:
    14 Jun 2020
    Lit since June 14, 2020 at 6:54:29 PM

  24. Smith Family lit a candle:
    14 Jun 2020
    Lit since June 14, 2020 at 6:54:12 PM

  25. Tommy and Linda O’Connell lit a candle:
    14 Jun 2020
    Lit since June 14, 2020 at 6:52:27 PM

  26. The Godwin and Miller Family lit a candle:
    14 Jun 2020
    Lit since June 14, 2020 at 6:44:21 PM

  27. Nina Jones says:
    14 Jun 2020
    Dori , Dr. Rusty was always such a kind and gentle man . He loved you and your family so much . His beautiful spirit will always be a loving guiding light for you and your family throughout the years to come.

  28. Nina Jones says:
    14 Jun 2020
    What a gentle and kind man Rusty was . He dearly loved Dori and his family . His loving soul will stay close through the years to his family ❤️

  29. Donna Cooper lit a candle:
    13 Jun 2020
    Lit since June 13, 2020 at 6:38:30 PM

  30. Peggy Beman says:
    13 Jun 2020
    Dori and family: No words can be found to say how sorry we are for your deep loss. But we are thankful for y'all that you did get to enjoy Dr. Rusty in your lives. May the LORD JESUS carry you through this time. Sending you much love and covering you in prayers.
    Peggy and Craig Beman

  31. Karen Dimock says:
    12 Jun 2020
    Dr. Rusty, there are too many memories to share. You always included me and my family in your family events. We went through many happy and sad moments together as family. Your quiet strength, big heart and love of family will always be something I remember. Your fight was long, hard but always on your own terms. Your legacy of caring will continue through your children and grandchildren. I will miss our shared dry humor, eye rolls, one on one honest conversations and all the meals you paid for. (Inside joke) Your family will always be my family. I will continue to always be the big sister to Dori and Auntie Mock to your kids. I will still want to text you on your birthday my usual Happy Birthday Old Man. I believe the God of your understanding has you in his house with him forever. Until we meet again. Karen “Mock” Dimock and Bob Dimock

  32. Lee Workman says:
    01 Jun 2020
    You will be forever missed!

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