Thomas Leroy Bunch
August 5, 1944 – August 2, 2019
Thomas Leroy Bunch, age 74, of Chula Vista, California passed away on Friday August 2, 2019. Thomas was born August 5, 1944 in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Thomas graduated from Western High School and received a Master's degree from Coleman University.
On September 6, 1966 Thomas married the love of his life, Gloria Ann. They were blessed with forty-six years of marriage and two sons; Kurt and Derek.
Thomas served in the US Army in Viet Nam, earning a Purple Heart among other distinguished metals during his service. He then had a successful career working as a software engineer for federal civil service for thirty-seven years.
For leisure time, Thomas had a passion for flying, photography, computers and most of all spending quality time with his family.
Thomas was predeceased by his loving wife Gloria Bunch in October of 2012. He is survived by his sons; Kurt Bunch and Derek Bunch. His legacy includes four grandchildren; Ashley, Silvia, Leland and Riley Bunch.
A visitation for Thomas will be held Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Funeraria del Angel Chula Vista, 753 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910.
His interment will be at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery on August 21, 2019 at 10:30 AM, where he will be placed to rest next to his beloved spouse.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.humphreymortuary.com for the Bunch family.
- Visitation Sunday, August 11, 2019
Thomas Leroy Bunch
August 17, 2019
My Mom told him before she passed that whatever you have to do, you make sure you see Derek and Lori have a baby. It was a mission that he was prepared to accomplish. But in the meantime the travel bug started right back up, but this time he was taking the family with him. The StarGlo Europe tour was unforgettable. The DC trip to the Vietnam wall with the boys was amazing. The Germany trip with my Dad and wife was filled with so many stories we talked about it almost every dinner afterwards. He kept the travel bug in me and also transformed my wife into one during the process. But luckily after the many adventures traveling my wife and I were finally able to complete his mission.
I remember that day taking Dad up to Fort Rosecrans to see Mom. Finally, after not thinking it was going to happen. We were able to tell both of them. Were Pregnant. He had a big grin on his face as he looked up at Mom and I swear if I could read his eyes they said. I did it Glo. That grin grew into a huge smile when we lifted up the cake and he saw that he was going to have his first Grandson. We loved to joke around that Leland was his heir to the Bunch throne. With Dad always wanting to make memories he sent us to Hawaii so some of Leland’s first steps could be on the same beach just like me 42 years ago. But shortly after Leland Dad had another new love. Riley. He went right back to being a softy and was goo goo for Riley and he didn’t waste any time spoiling her. A week after getting her ears pierced presented her with her first pair of diamond earrings. We can’t have her wear them just yet cause I refuse to have my daughter wearing something that’s worth more than the car we’re driving but that was my Dad. Making sure his family was always taken care of.
August 17, 2019
Dad new right away with me you can take the kid out of the land but you can’t take the land out of the kid. After moving to San Diego my parents only saw me for three things. Eating, sleeping, and hospital visits. When I got into racing my bike my Dad was right there ready to try to harness the energy. He would be there at practice jumping in front of us at the last minute to keep us ready. On Race day he would back the truck up to the bottom of the start hill and be right there yelling “Pedal, Pedal, Pedal when the gate dropped. Its where he came up with the phrase “Gate to the Tape”. Dad even made sure to prove this to us on a Father’s Day race when they had all the Dads do a fun race around the track. With no Dad wanting to be last place things got pushy and there was a big pile up and the bottom off the start hill. After about 10 minutes of lying there he got up in pain and slowly rode around the track and finished the race. Later going to the hospital and finding out he broke 3 ribs. My Dad and I really bonded with bike racing. We would load up the Ford Ranger and he took me to all the out of town national races. So we had a lot of time finding out about each other’s music preferences, life experiences, and good old Fatherly advice. One of the best memories I have with my Dad is when we went to Chandler Arizona for a National race. After getting the best gate start of my life in the main I rode in first place the whole race. I could hear my Dad running around the track fence with me yelling Pedal, Pedal, Pedal. I got a big first place trophy that day but it was nothing compared to smile my Dad had on his face when I crossed the finish line. The ride home in the ranger, with the radio turned up and the trophy sitting in between us is something I’ll never forget.
But that was my Dad, he always tried his best to make sure all of our adventures were unforgettable.
August 17, 2019
Now my mom taught me how to live through my heart but my dad taught me to live in my head. My twisted sense of humor comes from Dad. My sense of adventure my Dad. Becoming a Ford truck guy my Dad. And most importantly, the reason I had the best childhood growing up on the land my Dad.
The land is one of the first memory’s I have as a kid. It’s where I had many of my first experiences. I believe it’s where my family first started becoming the core. Crazy Part is when I talked to my Dad a few years back he told me that at the time the land was one of his bigger mistakes in life. But that mistake showed me just who my Dad was. I remember him driving down the hill in a different car every week. Getting a new job every month, and getting a new hair style every year. He always tried to teach me that if I really wanted to do something than go for it. If it doesn’t work then regroup and try something else. The land may have seemed like a mistake to him but to me I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.