Jimmy R. Bugni(1936 - 2013)

Jimmy R. Bugni May 14, 1936 - January 18, 2013 Grandpa was born May 14, 1936 in Pumpkin Center, CA to Jim and Bessie Bugni. He was the oldest of 3 sons, and was a blessing to a multitude of aunts and uncles. He grew up on the family farm, and went on to raise his children there. In recent years he had suffered from PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) until his body released him on January 18. Jimmy attended Panama Elementary School and graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1954. After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy where he proudly served on the USS Lexington until 1959. He met his one and only, Joan Ireson, and they were married in 1959 resulting in 53 years of a happy marriage. They became proud parents to daughter Jill and son Jefre. As a young husband and father, he worked many long hours at County Fair Market in Greenfield, and in 1969 he opened his own business, Bugni Hardware and Feed. For the next 34 years dad and the Hardware Store became well known for the unique items available and for the tremendous service provided. He had an answer for any question. He developed many cherished friendships through the store. Very dear to him were his valued employees, the ladies at the counter, and the boys that worked in the back. He and Joan were proud to work with his brothers and in the last few years were especially proud to have their grandchildren, Hunter and Mallory work with them. Throughout the years he participated in many different activities. He was active with his children in 4H, raising pigs, and participating in the Kern County Fair. He assisted many children with their projects and generously contributed to the Junior Livestock Auction. He took pride in his contributions to Houchin Community Blood Bank, and was a 15 gallon donor, as well as a routine plasma donor. He loved hunting and fishing and had many stories about hunting trips with his dad in early years, and continued the tradition with his son. In 1980, he began making annual fishing trips to Cottonwood Creek with a special group of friends. They continued that tradition for 20 years until he just couldn't do it anymore. Planning for this trip took a year, and they made the most of it, even steak and lobster dinners and cocktails by the campfire. In the early 80's he gained a love for flying. He obtained his pilot's license, became partners with Fred Garone in an airplane and spent all the time he could in the sky. We believe he is happily flying in the clouds again. His life was only more enhanced with the birth of his first 2 grandchildren, Hunter and Mallory. They came into his life at a time where his health was good and they had the opportunity to spend much time with him and Nanny. This included nanny night every other Tuesday. Later in his life he was blessed with 2 more grandchildren, Jefre and Janae. Jefre was grandpa's best little buddy, and they took care of each other. Janae has been the light for the last few years, and kept grandpa entertained every day after school. Dad was an amazing man, and as his wife, children, grandchildren, and brothers, we could have never asked for a more giving, loving, generous person. He was truly a gift from God to all of us. Survivors include his wife Joan; daughter, Jill Haley Buntley and husband Kyle; son, Jefre Bugni and wife Shelly; grandchildren, Hunter and Mallory Haley and their dad, Kevin Haley, Jefre and Janae Bugni, step grandsons, Jarrett and Ryan Buntley; brothers, Paul and Joe Bugni; sister-in-law,Donna Bugni; brother-in-law Bill Ireson; multiple nieces, nephews and cousins; and our family angel and caregiver, Veronica Landeros. We want to thank Mildred and Adrianna from Mercy Homemakers, and Optimal Hospice for their loving care. Visitation will be today from 4 to 7 p.m., at Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at St. Francis Of Assissi Church, 900 H Street on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., followed by Graveside services at Greenlawn Southwest Cemetery. Jimmy was always proud of his Catholic heritage and a great supporter of the Catholic Church. He was pleased to know that another Catholic Church was being built in Bakersfield. In support of his beliefs please make donations to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton building fund, 12803 Montbatten Place, 93314, or to Optimal Hospice Foundation, 1315 Boughton Dr., 93308. Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Directors www.bakersfield.com/obits

Published in Bakersfield Californian from Jan. 22 to Jan. 23, 2013