Traverse City Record-Eagle

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February 1, 2013

Erwin Leon Dumbrille

VALENCIA, Calif. — Erwin Leon Dumbrille, age 82, brother of Merlin Dumbrille and Patricia Ann Dumbrille Yetter, passed away after a short illness Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Henry Mayo Hospital in Valencia, Calif.

Erwin was born Oct. 18, 1930, in Traverse City, the son of Leon and Wantena Dumbrille. He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was an uncle to Penny Rae Dumbrille Derse, of Dallas, Texas, the Rev. Dean Dumbrille, of Fenton, and Dale Dumbrille, of Grand Rapids.

He attended Elmwood Elementary School and graduated from Traverse City Central High School in the class of 1948. He attended Michigan State College and then transferred to the University of California and enrolled in the Cinematography Department. He played the trombone in the high school music department and in the USC Marching Band.

He worked as a film editor for Ziv Television on the Eddie Cantor Show. He worked later at Warner Bros. in Hollywood as a film editor for 40 years and edited such shows as China Beach, Gentle Ben and Flipper. He edited Warner's feature films shown on television and on airplane flights.

While in high school he was a projectionist at the Tra-Bay, Lyric-State Theatre and Traverse Drive-in Theatre in Traverse City. He enjoyed the early western movies and was a fan of the Three Stooges. He became well acquainted with and was a personal friend of their director, Julies White. He became well acquainted with many of the western stars of the 1930s and '40s. His knowledge of the actors and the dates of the movies amazed his friends.

In his later years he enjoyed writing movie scripts. His latest script is currently in preparation for production at Warner's.

No services are planned at this time. Burial of his ashes will be done at the family plot in Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City.

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