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“Sorry to see you go uncle Jerry you always seemed larger than life ”
1 of 25 | Posted by: Morgan Barr - Chicago, IL

“Donna, Terrie and I just learned today of Jerry's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It is so hard to believe. I really enjoyed...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Jim Kerschen - Grand Rapids, MI

“Donna, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers now and in the days ahead. My sympathy at the death of Jerry. ”
3 of 25 | Posted by: Sandra Melanson, CSJ - Kalamazoo, MI

“Dear Aunt Donna, our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family. Uncle Jerry will be missed by all of us, at every picnic,...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Douglas and Cynthia Barr - MI

“Donna, Taylor and Family,I am so sorry for your loss of Jerry- the world is a little sadder without him! I worked for Jerry at Benteler Automotive...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Lisa Hammer - Jenison, MI

“May God's embrace carry you all through this difficult time. Jerry always made me smile. Alicia & Hans Stark ”
6 of 25 | Posted by: Alicia Stark Stark - Battle Creek, MI

“I am so sorry to know that a great man has left the earth but his reward is great in heaven. I enjoyed visiting with both of you when Joe and I...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Ann Faber - Family Friend

“May God be with all of the family a friend always pee wee John's ”
8 of 25 | Posted by: Cliff John's - Bagley, MN

“I'm so sorry for this tremendous loss for Jerry's family and loved ones. Jerry was so caring to my Dad since their Springfield Lions club days, and...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Diane (Stiles) Leatherman - MI

“Donna and family, I am So very sorry for your loss. Jerry was a good husband and father. In this time of sadness try to remember all the wonderful...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Diane Hadaway - Marshall, MI

“Dear Donna & Family, I am SO very sorry about Jerry's passing! I've got so many wonderful memories of time spent with Jerry and all of you -...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Kelli Talbot - Quincy, MI

“I took care of Jerry's lawn for him and Donna for many years, and always enjoyed laughing with Jerry about anything and everything in life. Jerry...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Michael Jahns - MI - Friend

“Jerry was a treasure, but the real gift was to see the two of you together. Open and honest and real. And the beautiful part is that you will be...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Sherry Cantwell - Battle Creek

“For 18 years, we were so privileged to have Jerry and Donna as neighbors. I can't tell you how many times Jerry and I solved all the world's...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Phil and Rachel Ham - MI - Friend

“Donna and family, please know that I am praying for you all. I know that Jerry is with our awesome Savior but it is still so difficult to have our...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Shellie Council - Friend

“So sorry for your loss Chuck and Joann. God's blessings for the whole family. ”
16 of 25 | Posted by: Joyce Hanger - Hastings, MI

“Jerry was a great 1st Sergeant with great wisdom, always willing to help others and a great sense of humor. He was my right hand and made my job so...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Karen Dvorak - Alcalde, NM

“My memory of you and Jerry is the two of you laughing together. ”
18 of 25 | Posted by: Jael Lippert - Erie, PA - Friend

“We are so saddened by the loss of Jerry. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We have many fond memories that we will cherish and hope that...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Jim and Sandy Jones - Tampa, FL

“I am so very sorry Donna. ”
20 of 25 | Posted by: Rindy Smith - Battle Creek, MI

“Donna and family I'm so sorry. Please know that I am holding you up with prayer. May Jerry be dancing with the Angel's. May God give you all peace...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Kayla barry - Kalamazoo, MI

“My deepest sympathy to the family. Jerry was one of the kindest and the most respected supervisor I had the pleasure to work for during my 15 years...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Sheryl Woods - MI - Coworker

“I love you Jerry and I will miss you dearly. ”
23 of 25 | Posted by: Becky Cady - battle creek, MI

“Love you all so much. What a sweet man Jerry was to all of us! ”
24 of 25 | Posted by: john grafton - Battle Creek, MI

“My condolences to the Bunce family. I worked with Jerry at his time at Eaton in Marshall and was always impressed with his thoughtfulness and...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Marty Simmons - MI - Coworker


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Gerald Arthur "Jerry" Bunce, age 78, went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 10, 2020 after a brief illness.

Jerry was born on June 8, 1942 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Clair and Audree (Williams) Bunce and twin brother of Charles. He grew up in Battle Creek and, after graduating from Springfield High School in 1960, he proudly joined the United States Air Force. He trained as a Fuel Specialist and was stationed at Clark Air Force Base, Philippines during the Vietnam War. After completing his active military service, he enlisted in the Michigan Air National Guard, serving with the 110th Air National Guard Wing for more than 20 years. In 1987, Jerry earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University. In 2002, Jerry retired from Benteler Automotive Corporation, where he worked as the Corporate Safety Director and from the Michigan Air National Guard as a Master Sergeant. Previously, he was employed by Eaton Corporation and Allied Signal, working in Human Resources.

Jerry married the love of his life, Donna D. Weddle, on May 1, 1981 and together they created a wonderful life. Surviving are his wife, Donna; son, Nicholas (Starr) Cady of Marshall; daughter, Rebecca Cady, of Battle Creek; daughter, Connie (Kevin) Faber of Ceresco; great-granddaughter, Taylor White, whom Jerry and Donna raised; 8 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; many nieces and nephews; several close cousins in Nebraska; brothers Charles (Jo Ann) Bunce of Concord and David (Glee) Bunce of Burlington; very dear friends Gale (Dorothy) Kellam and family, and Kevin (Kris) Busniewski and family. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Phyllis Barr; great-granddaughter, Mackenzi Loyer; and great-grandson Isaiah Neeley.

Jerry had a generous spirit and enjoyed helping others. He was a member of Lions Club International and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, where he was recognized in 1985 as Big Brother of the Year. He served meals regularly at the Salvation Army, participated in Habitat for Humanity projects and served at his church, to include a mission trip to Alaska. He was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, woodworking and bird watching. He found most joy in offering a helping hand to and spending time with family and friends, which always included much laughter. Annual family reunions were especially meaningful to him. Jerry will be remembered as a true patriot and a Godly man of intention and integrity who was completely devoted to those whom he loved.

Friends will be received by Jerry's family from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. A private family service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 19, 2020. Military honors by the United States Air Force Honor Guard and Fort Custer Honor Guard and committal by Pastor John Grafton will follow. The service will be live-streamed and may be viewed by visiting https://vimeo.com/478962141 & https://vimeo.com/481375384.

The family is looking forward to a celebration of Jerry's life in summer 2021.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Battle Creek Friends Church. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

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