Charles H. "Chuck" Bunger, formerly of North Pole, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014, at his home in Olaton, Kentucky, surrounded by his family, after a four-year battle with cancer.
Mr. Bunger was born Sept. 4, 1940, in Hartford, Kentucky. A career soldier, he served in the U.S. Army as a communications-electronics specialist, including a tour in the Vietnam War
where he was awarded the Bronze Star
Medal. He retired from the Army in 1980 as chief warrant officer, and later retired from the U. S. government as a civil service worker in 2003, both at Fort Wainwright.
Mr. Bunger loved living in Alaska for its natural beauty and the independent spirit of his fellow Alaskans. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and bee-keeping. He was a man of honor and integrity, and many will remember him as "the smartest man they ever knew."
He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer Bunger and Alma Helen Hoover Bunger; one sister, Barbara Elaine Bunger; and one great-grandson, Wyatt Charles Luman.
Mr. Bunger was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Fredia Brown Bunger, of Olaton, Kentucky; two daughters, Angela F. Bunger, of Portland, Oregon, and Susan K. Baran of Olaton, Kentucky; three grandchildren, Shannon Luman, Mykayla Baran and Raygan Baran, all of Anchorage; one great-grandson, Owen R. Luman, of Anchorage; one sister, Anna Lois Mellott, and several nieces and nephews, of Hartford,
A memorial service was held Wednesday, April 30, at Miller-Schapmire Funeral Home in Hartford, Kentucky, with Bro. David Hocker officiating. A graveside service with full military honors was presented Thursday, May 1, at Oakwood Cemetery in Hartford, Kentucky.