Basil G. Trunzler IV M.D.

Basil G. Trunzler, IV, M.D.

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Basil Guice Trunzler IV, M.D. will be held at St. Gerard's Catholic Church on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Concelebrants will be Father Christudas Nayak and Father Louis Sklar. Private interment will follow at Harrisonburg Cemetery. A visitation from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at St. Gerard's Catholic Church in Jonesville.

Dr. Trunzler passed away in Alexandria on Thursday, November 8, 2012.

Dr. Trunzler was born in Harrisonburg, LA on March 12,1936 to Mary Etta Bethard Trunzler and Basil Guice Trunzler III, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Joy Owens Trunzler; by children, Laura Trunzler Batson and husband John Andrew Batson, Basil Guice Trunzler V, Paul Arenz Lemke III, and Anne Lemke Diamond; grandchildren, John Andrew Batson Jr., Evan Alexander Batson, Weston Paul Diamond, and Ava Elizabeth Diamond; his sister Ann Coker; two brothers, Joe Tom Trunzler and wife Mary Gene Trunzler and Martin Trunzler.

Dr. Trunzler graduated from Harrisonburg High School. He received a B.S. degree from Louisiana State University and from there LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his residency in urology at Confederate Memorial and then became a board certified urologist. He then went on to fulfill his military duty with the U.S. Navy on the Valley Forge and served in the Vietnam War. He then began his career of fifty-two years as a physician. He has been past Chief of Staff at Natchez Regional Hospital and Medical Director of Sicily Island Medical Center.

The family wishes to thank those who assisted in caring for Dr. Trunzler in his illness: Dr. Liu, Dr. Shaw, Dr. Smith, Dr. Knapp, Dr. Ule, Dr. McGinity ,the ICU staff and Grace Home.

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Oliphant, Berchman Trichel, Jackie Owens, Daryl Floyd and Zachary Owens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be made to St. Jude Childrens' Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.

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Published in The Town Talk on Nov. 9, 2012