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René Orlando Bunster  
"Ray"(Age 82)  
January 6, 1935 - September 14, 2017  

Passed away at his home in Woodbridge, Virginia, on September 14, 2017. Ray was born January 6, 1935 to Martha Gerlach Bunster and Louis Bunster in Evanston, Illinois. Following graduation from Evanston Township High School, he attended the Michigan College of Mining and Technology on a ROTC scholarship. After earning a B.S. with a major in Forestry, Ray became a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. army, and was posted in Nuremburg, Germany. At a dance sponsored by the USO, Ray met his future wife, Ursula Rintzel. Love bloomed and they were married in 1959. In 1961, Ray completed his army duty and returned to the U.S. with Ursula and their baby daughter, Jacqueline. Ray then began his career with the U.S. Forest Service in Bend, Oregon. Subsequently he transferred to Forest Service offices in Eugene and then Portland, Oregon, and finally to USFS headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, where he oversaw the nationwide Forest Service computer network. Following retirement in 1998, Ray published an online newsletter for retired Forest Service members.
Ray leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Ursula; daughter, Jackie Steinhauser (Joachim); son, Mark (Amy); grandchildren, Alisa Steinhauser, Max Bunster, and Annie Bunster; sister, Yolanda Waddell (Jay); nephew, Theo Waddell (Edith) and niece, Marisa Waddell (Patti); numerous cousins in the U.S. and Chile; and many loving relatives in Germany. There will be a remembrance ceremony for Ray at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, at Westminster Retirement Community at Lake Ridge, 12185 Clipper Drive, Woodbridge, Virginia.

Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 21, 2017