Local soldier, father of five, killed in Iraq

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, May 26, 2007

AUGUSTA, GA--A Fort Gordon soldier and father of five is killed in Iraq.
His grieving family shares stories of his life with News 12.

For the first time in almost three years, Fort Gordon loses a soldier in the War in Iraq. Thirty-six year old Sgt. First Class Robert Dunham was killed Thursday when the Humvee he was riding in was hit by an explosive.

Robert Dunham was a man who wore many hats. He was a soldier, a minister, a son, a husband, and a father of five. A faithful man to his family and to God, a man that will be truly missed.

Charles R. Dunham Jr. says the loss of his son has been hard. "Even in my quiet hours I weep. He's my oldest and we're all going to miss him."

"My husband Robert was a man of integrity and honor. He loved the lord and he loved his family." says wife Kimberly Dunham.

His father adds "He was very devoted to whatever he had to do as far as the military, as far as family, that was Robert."

Sgt. First Class Robert Dunham, a faithful and devoted family man, died serving his country Thursday after a nineteen year long military career.

"Mainly we'll miss his smile. He had a big smile that would make you just want to smile with him." says his father. He adds his son Robert was a son who would make any father proud, and he's at peace knowing Robert died doing a job that he loved. "He's faithful. Not once did he regret or have any ill words about what he had to do. He'd say dad I have orders."

Orders that took him around the world seven different times and into four major wars, right into harms way, and away from his family. The father of five shared two children with his wife Kimberly, who was also in the army. The couple had just celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary the week before he was killed.

His wife reflects on how they first met. "We met in church. He was playing the piano and i was singing. I was praying for a piano player and he walked in the door. I didn't know he was going to be my husband too, but that's the way it turned out."

Kimberly says her husband was a devout Christian minister, who often used his musical talents to bring others closer to the Lord. "Everytime he played you knew you were going into the presence of the Lord. Everytime he played. Everytime."

While her loss is still painful, Kimberly, a strong wife and now single mother, says she is comforted by the same peace she felt the day she last saw her husband alive. That was In December when he left on what would be his final mission. "I had peace. Always had peace that he was coming home. And he's home now. He's home."

As of right now funeral arrangements for Sgt. First Class Dunham are incomplete, but the family says they do plan to bury him here in Augusta.

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  • by Joyce Menton Location: Northern Virginia on Jun 18, 2007 at 05:33 AM
    Kim, my the peace and comfort of God reign and rule in your heart and the hearts of your children. Bro. Dunham is present with the Lord and his journey is over, while you and family journey continues. It's during this journey that I pray God's arms of strength to comfort all of you, especially in the late night hours, holidays, birthdays, and any time your hearts get heavy. Sis Menton
  • by Markeydi Ewing Location: Junction City KS on Jun 13, 2007 at 03:44 PM
    Kim, You are a UAPB Golden Lioness and moreover, a child of the Most High God therefore, I know you will be strong throughout this difficult time. I was blessed to have our paths cross again (who knew it would be in a church in JC KS of all places:) I was blessed to witness the annointing God placed on your husband and his great musical talent. May the peace of God continue to rest upon you and your family.
  • by Carol Jones Hooper & Rhonda Jones Location: Warren, Arkansas on Jun 12, 2007 at 10:02 PM
    Kim, We are sorry to hear of your loss but remember God is good all the time and all the time God is good. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. May God continue to smile upon you and give you peace. Keep in touch. Love Your UAPB College Room mate Rhonda J.
  • by Rainey Family Location: Junction City Kansas on Jun 5, 2007 at 07:33 PM
    Kimberly, may the peace of God rest, rule and reign in the hearts and minds of you and your family forever. We thank God for the opportunity to have shared a few blessed moments with Robert before his deployment. He was truly a special person. Our prayers are with you and your loved ones. May God continue to bless and strengthen you.
  • by Renee Hogue Location: Junction City, Kansas on Jun 2, 2007 at 06:34 AM
    Dear Dunham family, May the God of all comfort comfort you always. I thank God for you always and my prayers are with you. Love ya and God bless you, Renee
  • by Tammie S. Brown Location: Mosul, Iraq on May 31, 2007 at 08:24 PM
    I am a good friend of the Dunham family and I am truly going to miss Robert. I just want Kim to know that when I return from Iraq I am coming to see her, I will be there. I remember Robert playing at my wedding three years ago. He was annointed to play music and he was awesome at it as well. Kim I am coming to be by your side. I love you.
  • by Lorraine Brown Location: Junction City KS on May 31, 2007 at 07:53 PM
    Friend,true friend. Kimberly your husband was genuine and one of the kindest soul I have been blessed to know. My prayers are with you and the boys. My heart hurts for you. May God hold you in his arms and comfort you.
  • by CHARLES WILLIAMSON Location: JUNCTION CITY,KS on May 31, 2007 at 06:37 PM
  • by Jataun Location: Junction City, Kansas on May 31, 2007 at 02:39 PM
    My prayers are with the Dunham family. I got a chance to see Robert New Years's Eve at church while he was in Kansas for training before he left for Iraq. It was like he never left. Kim, I know that the peace and grace of the Lord is with you and your family. Be blessed and stay encouraged always.
  • by Dovey Location: Virginia on May 31, 2007 at 12:14 PM
    We knew Robert Dunham and family and we pray GOD'S love to rest upon them in HIS very special way. Be encouraged Kim.
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