FULTON, NY – Kenneth J. Dunning, 56, of Fulton, passed away suddenly on Thursday February 16, 2017, at Oswego Hospital.
He was born on April 28, 1960, in Syracuse, a son to Howard and Alice Jones Dunning.
Ken was an enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation, Beaver Clan, where he served as director of the American Indian Community House, HIV/AIDS program.
Ken also served on the Governor’s Task Force for Ending the Epidemic and a member of the NY HIV Advisory Body.
Ken had more than 25 years’ experience in prevention.
He had designed, developed, implemented and/or supervised a wide range of prevention and human service programs for Native Americans.
Ken was a jewelry designer and created unique jewelry of fine quality using native materials.
In recent years he made jewelry for gifts to support his favorite charity.
His efforts have helped the American Indian Community House’s WISH and Generations programs, The New York AIDS Coalition and Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara counties.
Ken was an extraordinary care giver for his beloved gnoha’, Alice.
His heart was full of love and generosity.
His smile was one that will be greatly missed and remembered by all who knew him.
He was predeceased by his father, Howard; and brother, Thomas Howard.
He is survived by his mother, Alice Dunning; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, where a funeral service will immediately follow at 4 p.m.
Burial will be in the spring at Mount Adnah Cemetery in Fulton.
Foster Funeral Home, Inc.