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Obituary - Lee Dunn



On of the great Hackney trainers and breeders, Lee Dunn, 76, of Galion, died Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at Galion Community Hospital. Dunn was born in Detroit, MI, on December 22, 1938 to the late Lowell H. and Anna(Roth) Dunn. He married Beverly Joan "Bev" Myers on October 26, 1963 and she preceded him in death on January 20, 2013.

A well-known trainer and breeder, Lee and his wife, Bev, were longtime members of the American Hackney Horse Society, Ohio Hackney Club, and the American Shetland Pony Club. They were nationally recognized breeders of Hackney ponies, Modern Shetlands, and American Show Ponies with the registered prefix Dun-Haven, carrying on with the Dun-Haven Farm established by his late father, Lowell Dunn, many years ago. When Lee and Bev were first married, they used the prefix Royal Manor for their ponies, changing to the established prefix Dun-Haven after Lee's father's death. The Dunns were inducted into the Hall of Fame in both the Hackney and Shetland national organizations. A search of the registries in both associations will show hundreds of Dun-Haven pedigrees, many of which were national champions.

World’s Grand Champion CH Dun-Haven Phenomenal, and World’s Champion of Champions Dun-Haven Desiree and Dun-Haven Triumphant King are among the greats that were bred, raised and sold by Dunn.

Lee is survived by his two brothers, James Dunn of Howell, MI and Dennis and Judith Dunn of Saline, MI; his sister-in-law, Kathleen (Don) Mann; his niece, Michelle Ash, his two nephews, Jason Dunn, and James Dunn; his great nieces, Caitlyn Ash and Chelsea Dunn; and his great nephews, Brayden Ash and James Dunn. Lee also leaves behind special friend and neighbor, Don Hoovler of Galion and the Kenneth Wahl family of Greenback, TN with whom the Dunns were special friends for over 50 years, especially when both families lived in Michigan.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Viscioni. 

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