August 1, 1930 - April 25, 2018
Wilford Arthur “Willie D.” Dunster, 87, passed away April 25, 2018, in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Willie was born August 1, 1930, in Portland, Ore. to Freeman and Tressa Dunster.
He graduated from Klamath Union High School in 1949. While there, he played varsity baseball, and played in several semi-pro leagues in Klamath Falls.
In 1948, while still in high school, Willie joined the Army Oregon National Guard. He served a total of 41 years and nine months, between the Guard, U. S. Army, and Army Reserves. He retired at the rank of Major.
Willie became involved with Babe Ruth Baseball as a coach in 1959 and won six league championships. He then became the president of the Babe Ruth League, and later, State and Regional Commissioner.
Willie helped the late Sherm Ackerman bring the 1968 (age 13-15) Babe Ruth Baseball World Series to Klamath Falls. In 1972, he spearheaded a project to completely renovate Wright Field at KUHS.
He also worked for Klamath Falls Creamery for 30 years. In addition to baseball, his favorite pasttimes included hunting, fishing, and collecting antiques.
Willie is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Marvin and Carrie Dunster; daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Howard Palms; six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his father, Freeman, in 1951; mother, Tressa, in 1960; and his first wife, Adeline Alvarez Dunster in 1952.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018, at O’Hair-Wards Funeral Chapel.