The Times West Virginian


June 8, 2014

William “Bill” Bunner

Clyde William Bunner, 92, of Rivesville, passed away Tuesday morning (June 3, 2014) at the Community Living Center of the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, after an extended illness.

He was born Sept. 28, 1921, in Boothsville Community, the only son of the late Clyde L. and Elta L. Newbrough Bunner.

Bill was the loving husband of the late Muriel Madaline Keefover Bunner for 60 years. They were married July 12, 1946. “Sis” preceded him in death Aug. 30, 2006. Until her passing, they enjoyed spending winter months with family and friends in Silver Springs, Florida.

He was a 1940 graduate of Fairview High School and a lifelong resident of Rivesville community. He was a United Methodist by faith, joining the Rivesville Church on April 15, 1949.

During World War II, Bill was a stock record clerk, mechanic and ammunition truck driver for the U.S. Army. He served his country throughout Europe, spending 2 1/2 years in Iceland. Upon his honorable discharge, Dec. 7, 1945, Bill was ranked Technician First Class (Tec 4). Decorations and awards received were American Theater Service Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Service, Victory Ribbon and Good Conduct Ribbon.

Bill was a lifetime worker and athlete. He assisted his parents in their family business endeavors, was a foreman and roller at Alcan Aluminum (retiring March 31, 1975) and continued delivering mail to the community post offices as an independent contractor until his final retirement in 2006.

In his youth, Bill was a natural athlete who played all sports and served as quarterback at Fairview High School. For several decades, he was an avid jogger, and later in life, he remained a committed walker and golfer. He was a true and loyal “Mountaineer Fan,” but followed all teams.

Bill is survived by two sons and their spouses, William Keith and Patricia Bunner, and Clyde Douglas and Beverly Bunner, all of Fairmont; five grandchildren, William Keith Bunner II and his wife Bridget of Nutter Fort, Jennifer Villers and her husband John of Farmington, Christina Summers of Fairmont, Bridget Ann Cole and her husband Andrew of Washington, D.C., and Brent Douglas Bunner and his wife Erin of Fairmont; eight great-grandchildren, Adian and Addison Bunner, Amber and Chrissy Gabor, Kaleigh and Tyler Summers, and Gibson and Hollan Bunner; and two great-great-grandchildren, Kaiden Michael Carder and Karah Martha Knicely. Additional survivors are his constant companion pet Shih Tzu, Casey; and many nieces and nephews, including a very special nephew, Greg Scur of Rivesville; and a brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Judy Keefover of Katy.

The family is extremely grateful for the loving care Bill received at the Community Living Center under the direction of Dr. Clyde Moxley. The entire sixth-floor staff made it their personal honor to serve the residents with a smile and a spirit of genuine kindness and respect. A special thanks to the Rivesville community and church family for the many cards of loving support.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Ford Funeral Home, DeGarmo Chapel, Jasper Street, Rivesville. In keeping with his wishes, Mr. Bunner has chosen cremation services. A funeral committal service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Woodlawn Cemetery in Fairmont, with the Rev. Amanda Reed officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rivesville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 355, Rivesville, WV 26588.

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