Ralph Edwin Bunnel, age 95, of Colony, Kansas, went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 15, 2017.
He was born on March 2, 1922, to G.H. and Clara (Robbins) Bunnel in Colony, and is proud to have lived his entire life in Anderson County. He began farming as a young man and was also the custodian at Crest Public Schools for more than 20 years, retiring in 1987. He enjoyed working part time at the Colony Feuerborn Funeral Home after retirement for nearly 20 years. A founding member of the Colony Community Church in 1957, he has been actively involved in the church since that time.
Mr. Bunnel is survived by his loving wife of 74 years, Evelyn (Neuenswander) Bunnel, whom he married on November 25, 1943. He is also survived by 3 sons and 8 daughters: George of Topeka, Kansas; Ed (Tausa) of Colony, Kansas; John (Heather) of San Juan Capistrano, California; Jane Ives of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Beth (Dave) Benware of Keller, Texas; Ann (Herb) Hornstra of Coburg, Oregon; Carol (Hal) Hall of Anchorage, Alaska; Marty (Jack) Golden of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Susan (Rick) Brown of Garland, Texas; Kathy (Gary) Allen of Springfield, Missouri; and Patty (Mick) Leibold of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is survived by 28 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Alfred Bunnel, and two sisters, Helen Luedke and Georgia Lohr.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the Crest High School Gymnasium, followed by burial at the Colony Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday evening at the Colony Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Colony Community Church, Gideon's Bible International, the Colony Lion's Club, or a charity of your choice.