Billy Bunch Sr.

In Obituaries by Reporter News

Billy Joe Bunch Sr., passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born Dec. 10, 1932 in Manila, Arkansas to the late William Walter Bunch and Elsie Mae Williams Bunch.
Billy’s early years were spent in Pocohontas, Arkansas, where he met and married his wife of 62 years, Nina Kutzer Bunch. After moving to Texas in 1956, he lived in the Houston/Pearland area for 45 years. He retired from Halliburton after 35 years of service.
Billy proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was stationed at Fort Hood then transferred and proudly served with the 81st Recon Battalion at the Armored School in Fort Knox , Ky. In 1979 he became a Mason and was a member of Park Place Lodge # 1172.
After retiring to his farm in Yoakum in 1998, he enjoyed raising cattle, spending time with his family, gardening, and spoiling his black lab, Bonnie. One of his favorite pastimes was contributing articles to the Editors Column in the Victoria Advocate.
Survivors are his wife, Nina Lee Kutzer Bunch; daughters, Patricia Christie and husband Larry and Anita Fink and husband Bruce; son Billy Joe Bunch Jr. and wife Donna; grandsons, Jeff Jeffrey (Kellie), Jason Bunch (April), Jess Jeffrey (Catherine), Paul Eckert (Melanie), Jacob Bunch (Jennifer), Travis Eckert (Dana), Jordan Bunch (Morgan) and Nathan Johnston (Bobbie); great-grandchildren, Justin and Lauren Jeffrey, Lucas and Lillian Jeffrey, Liana and Carson Eckert, Jaden and Maddison Bunch, Laken and Dashiell Eckert, Jett Bunch, Jacob, Ty and Dakota Johnston, Ryleigh and Harper Johnston and Lennox Eckert. Mr. Bunch was one of 16 children. Surviving siblings are June Hobbs and Charles Bunch.
Visitation 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, July 27, 2015 at Thiele Cooper Funeral Home. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, July 27, 2015 at Hebron Cemetery with Rev. Leo Sharron, Hospice Chaplain officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriner’s Hospital, 6977 Main St., Houston, Texas, 77030.
On-line guestbook may be signed at www.thielecooper.com.
The family would like to thank the caring friends, neighbors, and healthcare professionals for their friendship and support through Mr. Bunch’s illness.

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