James Bunker - February 04, 2013James Adam Bunker, 88, died suddenly on Feb. 4, 2013, in Lincoln, after a brief illness.
He was born June 25, 1924 at Montrose, Iowa, the eldest child of Isaac Johnson (Jake) and Martha Ellen (Value) Bunker.
Jim attended grade school at Alexandria, Mo. and Vincennes, Iowa. He graduated from Argyle, Iowa high school in 1942. He worked on the farms where his dad was employed and was a busboy at Bishop’s Cafeteria before enlisting in the US Air Force on Oct. 28,1943. His basic training was Amarillo, Texas, being transferred to Pocotella, Idaho and finally to Bruning in Nebraska.
He was the new baseball catcher on the base team when he caught the eye of a local girl. He and Dorothy Ruby Koca were married Dec. 2, 1944 at the base chapel. To their union three children were born: Letitia Angeline, Dorian James, and Delwynne Jay (stillborn).
Jim reported to Dalhart, Texas before his overseas departure on May 22, 1945. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater with the 507th Fighter Group, 463rd Fighter Squadron, primarily on the island of Ieshima. After Japan’s surrender, he returned state side and was honorably discharged on April 8, 1946. He belonged to the Geneva, NE VFW Post # 7102 and the Milligan, NE American Legion HSSK Post # 240.
In typical Czech fashion Jim and Dorothy enjoyed dancing.
Jim and Dorothy farmed in the Milligan/Friend area, getting started with help from Louis Koca, Jim’s father-in-law. In 1955 they struck out on their own and moved to an irrigated farm southeast of Roseland. They worked side-by-side planting, tending and harvesting crops, cattle and hogs. Jim’s pride was his registered herd of black Angus cattle.
After he quit farming, Jim worked for Mid-Rivers Grain Elevator in Roseland. In 1976 he and Dorothy moved back to Milligan where they owned and operated Bunker’s Inn Restaurant & Lounge. Son Dorian joined them in 1985 and ultimately purchased the restaurant upon Jim’s retirement.
Ever a tender of the land, Jim began putting in a huge garden.
Jim and Dorothy loved to support their grandchildren’s events and activities. They spent much of their retirement traveling to those events. Jim loved Cubs baseball and was an avid horse race fan
After Dorothy’s stroke in 2006, he became her primary caregiver -- cooking, cleaning, doing the laundry, and managing her medication and doctor appointments. After her death in 2010, he remained in the family home firmly independent.
He made sure he stayed involved and in contact with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was a loving, caring example to family and friends. He always said,”Leave the world better than you found it.” He did just that.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Dorothy; infant son, Delwynne; his parents; one sister, Wanda; one step-grandson, Luke Jarosik; one step-great granddaughter, Riley Hinrichs.
Survivors include his daughter Letitia “Tish” (Dale) Naprstek; his son, Dorian (Connie) Bunker; brothers, Carl (Shirley) Bunker and Ivan Bunker and Lois White; his sister, Delores Kinkaede and Albert Ewalt; sister-in-law, Angeline (Koca) Brunkow; grand children Adam and Katie Bunker, Dawn and Rick McFadden, Dori Ann Bunker, Tylr and Sabrina Naprstek; step-grandchildren: Ed Jarosik, Tonia and Kip Hinrichs, Tiffany, Jennifer, Darren Jarosik; great-grandsons: Reed and Rhett McFadden. Step-great-grandchildren: Cameron Jarosik, Rachel and Micah Hinrichs, Dakota Jubb.
Memorial services for Jim were held on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Farmer & Son Funeral Home, Kotas Chapel in Milligan. Karla Sheffy officiated the services. Graveside inurnment was held in the Bohemian National Cemetery with military honors performed by the Milligan American Legion HSSK Post 240. Memorials are directed to the Milligan American Legion.