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James Jarrott Bunch, Jr., 88, of Belton, Missouri, was born September 5, 1926, in Pleasant Hill the son of James J. Sr., and Elsie Viola (James) Bunch. He departed this life at 9:15 a.m. Friday, September 26, 2014, at the Kansas City Hospice House surrounded with love and family.
James was a 1944 Pleasant Hill High School graduate. Following school he honorably served in the Army Air Corps during WWII.
On December 19, 1947, he was united in marriage to Loretta Marie Sudduth in Pleasant Hill.
He was a gifted machinist working as a tool and die maker for Brunson Instruments. He also owned and operated J&J motors in Kansas City, Missouri.
He was a full family man who loved spending time with his family. In his spare time he loved working on cars and camping. He was a member of the Hickory Grove Baptist Church.
James is survived by his wife of 67 years Marie of Belton; one son James Jarrott (and Shirley) Bunch, III of Spiro, Oklahoma; two daughters, Dian Marie (and Lawrence) Neugebauer of Belton, and Vicki Lynne (and Greg) Lueck of Grandview; 8 grandchildren James D. (and Michelle) Neugebauer of Belton, Bryan L. (and Trisha) Lueck of Belton, Jacquelyn D. (and Andy) Phillips of Lone Jack, Brandon J. Lueck of Grandview, Jimmy D. Bunch of Panama, Oklahoma; Michael W. (and Brenda) Bunch of Spiro, Oklahoma, Rhonda J. Wieche of San Francisco, California, and Charles (and Angela) Bunch of Spiro, Oklahoma; 17 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Marvin (and Evelyn) Bunch of Reed Springs, Missouri, and Frances D. (and Ethel) Bunch of Grandview; one sister Christine Kleitz of Blue Springs, Missouri; his aunt Viola Timberlake of Lee's Summit; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; other relatives and a host of many friends.
Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Pastor Dave Reimnitz of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church officiated. Casket bearers were Bryan Lueck, Brandon Lueck, Greg Lueck, James Neugebauer, Lawrence Neugebauer, and Andrew Phillips.
The family received friends at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, following the services. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Kansas City Hospice House and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
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