Thursday, March 17, 2011

Albert 'Bert' J. Bunker

Albert J. Bunker, age 93, passed away on March 17. He was surrounded by the love of his family and the Lord. Bert was born November 29, 1917, in Turtle Lake, WI, the son of George and Mildred “Blix” Bunker.

Bert was raised in Turtle Lake, WI. After graduating from High School he went on to Business School. He was an officer in the army during World War II, and he was stationed on the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. Bert was married in Seattle, Washington, on December 18, 1943, to Gwendolyn Fox. After the war they returned to Wisconsin. Gwen preceded him in death in 1976. They had two children, Thomas (Carol) Bunker of Racine, WI, and Marjean (John) Davis of Prior Lake, MN. The family grew to include four grandchildren: Michelle Bunker, Rebecca (Patrick) Terry, Mark (Alisia) Davis and Sarah Davis; and two great grandchildren, Owen and Audrey Davis.

Bert’s career was in the insurance field until his retirement. He married Gladys Rowe in 1977 and welcomed his extended family, Lynnea (John) Semasko of Arlington Heights, IL, John Rowe of Madison and three additional grandchildren, Michael Semasko, Adam Rowe, and Matthew Rowe.

Bert’s good sense of humor and upbeat personality touched those who knew him. He was active in his churches in Madison and Fitchburg. He loved to sing and dance with family and friends. Bert was also an avid golfer, hunter, and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by two wives, Gwendolyn and Gladys; two sisters, Katherine Brewster and Louise Laurance; and a brother, Dick Bunker(survived by Mabel).

A visitation will be Saturday, April 16, at 10 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. at Bethany Methodist Church, 3910 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI. The family hopes in lieu of flowers that donations will be made to the American Cancer Society.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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