Stillwater News Press


April 3, 2013

John Earl Bunch Sr.

John Earl Bunch Sr., 73, died on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Stillwater. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Fairlawn Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Chaffin officiating. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

John was born in Lincolnton, Ga., on Feb. 4, 1940, to John Webster and Virginia Elizabeth (Sturkey) Bunch. On April 4, 1962, he married the love of his life, Rosalee Kelley, in Laurel, Md. Together they lovingly raised three children, and enjoyed 51 years of marriage.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jimmy Bunch.

John is survived by his wife, Rosalee Bunch, of Stillwater; son, John Earl Bunch Jr., of Guthrie; daughter, Dawn Coleman, of Stillwater; daughter, Rhonda Davis, of Haysville, Kan.; sister, Elisabeth Cerra, of Lonoke, Ark; and 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to the American Cancer Society at P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; or the National Audubon Society at 225 Varick St., New York, NY 10014.

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