John Wayne Patrick Bunnell

November 6, 1953May 5, 2019

John Wayne Patrick Bunnell passed away Sunday May 5, 2019, in Fort Frances, Ontario. He was 65. John was a proud father and a loyal friend. He is survived by his four children: Patrick Bunnell of Alexandria, MN; Miranda Kruse-Bunnell of Miami, FL; Brandi Kruse of Seattle, WA; and Timothy Kruse of Buffalo Lake, MN. He leaves behind three grandchildren: Brayden, Emrey, and Marek; his sisters Maureen Bunnell and Elizabeth Rathgaber (Terry), and nephew Jefferson Bunnell of Calgary, Alberta. John is also survived by his life-long partner, Sandra Kruse of Fargo, ND, who remained close with John long after their separation and until the day of his death. John is preceded in death by his mother and father, William John Gregory Bunnell and Lauris-Ann Bunnell (Sutton), his baby brother William Lawrence Gregory, and brother Darrell Robert William Bunnell. John was raised in Fort Frances and attended Fort Frances High School. He met Sandra, who he called the love of his life, at Smokey Bear Park at the age of 20. The couple relocated to Fargo, ND, where John worked as an electronics technician for many years. Together they journeyed around the United States and Canada, sometimes by motorcycle. They loved coming back home to Rainy Lake for camping, canoeing, and fishing with friends and family. The couple settled on a farmstead in rural Glyndon, MN, where they raised their four children and hosted many annual family events. John instilled in his children a deep love of the outdoors and taught them to be fiercely independent. When his four kids had all left the house, John returned to Canada and travelled across its many provinces – from east to west and far north – working for Snap-On Tools before settling back in Fort Frances. John was one of a kind. He was a truly original character who delighted both complete strangers and those close to him with his unique sense of humor and witty one-liners. He loved to brag about his children and regale his friends with stories of his many adventures. He often dreamed of living out his final days canoeing the boundary waters. Everywhere John went, he left a mark on those he encountered. The world will never see another like him. He will be deeply missed. John loved to read and write. He wrote these words in his diary before his death: “I go now to a different place and I do not fear.” The Kruse-Bunnell family is forever grateful to all those who supported him on his journey through life.


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Bill & Robin Nagle

May 11, 2019

My deepest sympathy goes out to John's family during this very difficult time. Although I did not know John near as long as my husband; Bill what I do remember of him was his funny, crazy, off the wall personality and outgoing being all the time.. Loving life and always talking about his kids who were the world to him... So RIP John, you were a wonderful person who I know Bill and I will never forget and always remember with a smile on our face.. God bless the family and cherish your memories of this wonderful crazy man... Till we meet again.

Lorraine Cupp

May 9, 2019

John was such a character, back when he had a big interest in bears, he and his many friends would come and stay for a week or two every year, he was always very entertaining. Very knowledgeable in laws, and scriptures. He brought candy, bags and bags of it for the kids. So memorable. We looked forward every spring and fall to see Johnny Fever.
Brandy, Sir Patrick, and Miranda, John was so proud of you, always telling me to google you to see your achievements. He was definitely a proud dad, and an extremely odd house husband. When we visited, you were such happy children, he always had to show us your achievements back then too!
Sandy and Maureen, and cousin Danny, we are thinking of you at this time, too
John was such a unique character, we could only take him in small doses!

Lorraine and Rod Cupp