Obituary for James Kenneth Bunting
"Steadfast and Loyal"
James Bunting, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1977, died on March 28, 2015. Jim was born on March 23, 1941, in Glendale, West Virginia to Estella and Edward Bunting, who had six other children: Carolyn Fletcher, George (Danny), Twila McDiffit, William (deceased), Larry, and Sherry. He was married to Elizabeth Kappel Bunting on August 11, 1969, in Cameron, West Virginia.
Jim served in the United States Army for 20 years and retired in May 1979 as the Command Sergeant Major of the 704th Maintenance Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Carson, Colorado. During his distinguished career, he served tours of duty in Korea, Germany (including behind the Iron Curtain in Berlin), and Vietnam twice, earning commendations that included the Bronze Star for meritorious service in action against the enemy while serving as the Truckmaster on Highway 19, the Main Supply Route between Qui Nhon, An Khe, and Pleiku; the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Good Conduct Medal with five awards, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with seven campaign stars, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm device, and Vietnam Campaign Medal w/1960 device.
Upon retiring, Jim worked at a local car dealership as a service manager. Jim continued to work there until 2001, when he was medically retired. Jim loved to fish and golf every chance he had. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth of forty-seven years; their three daughters: Lisa Marie Baca (husband Pernell), Karen Sue Alexander (husband Rick), Deanna Lynn Hughes (husband Brian), and a son, Larry Wayne Bunting (wife Carol). Jim also leaves behind five grandchildren: Trevor James Alexander, Kyle Mikel Swords, Kaila Lee Baca, Noah Pernell Baca, and Jacob William Swords.
A Memorial Service for Jim will be held on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Evergreen Funeral Home, 1830 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80910.In lieu of flowers, Jim's family and friends may remember him through donations to charity.
Arrangements are in the care of Evergreen Funeral Home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.