Kenneth R. BUNTING
September 13, 1939 – June 21, 2020
Ken grew up in the Marland Heights neighborhood of Weirton, West Virginia. Son of Russell and Eunice. He joined the Navy in his late teens serving aboard the aircraft carriers USS Valley Forge and USS Tarawa achieving the rank of Aviation Boatswain Mate Petty Officer 3rd Class.
He returned to Weirton after the Navy and started his family with wife, Margaret. He was active in the Elks and worked at Trushell Construction, starting as a laborer and rising to superintendent.
Ken and his family moved to Fort Myers, Florida in in the late 70’s. He started his company, Ken Bunting Carpentry (KBC), in 1977. Beginning on Sanibel and Captiva, KBC soon expanded throughout Southwest Florida. During the 80’s and 90’s, Ken loved his work, golf, fishing, and diving, He made many trips into the Gulf and to the Keys.
Terry and Carol Weber took the reins of KBC in the 90’s allowing Ken to retire. KBC was eventually purchased by his son in 2008 and many of the carpenters that worked with Ken are still with the company.
Ken spent years cruising the Caribbean with his wife, Joanne, aboard the Rusty Bucket III and IV. They returned to Fort Myers in the late 00’s where he enjoyed golf at Cypress Lake CC, woodworking, and travel. Recently, his passion has been touring the country on his CanAm Spyder; from Montana to Maine.
Ken is survived by his sisters Karen Wenck and Debbie Agnoli of Port Charlotte, his wife Joanne Klare of Fort Myers, his son Russell (Marian) Bunting, his daughter Joyce Bunting, and three grandsons, Randall and Tyler Bunting, and Nicolas Callow, all of Fort Myers.
Due to the Pandemic, services have not yet been scheduled.
If you would like, please donate to your favorite charity in Ken’s honor. The following are some suggestions.
Wounded Warriors Project Coral Restoration Foundation Coastal Conservation Association Florida
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Kenneth R. BUNTING
Chris & Nancy Young
July 1, 2020
Ken, Russel, my wife ( Nancy) and I met while completing a diving certification class in 1978. We all remained good friends for over 40 years. Ken was always someone special when thought of or thinking about adventures. I figure he’s on his next great adventure right now. God,I’m sure happy he was part my life. I remember we all sang Jimmy Buffet songs with him from Ft.Myers to the Fl.Keys. Sail on Ken Bunting , Sail on. The most resourceful person I have ever known.
June 24, 2020
My family and I will sincerely miss our dear Uncle Ken. He meant so much to us and his memory will never fade away in our hearts and minds. Uncle Ken was a person who I looked up to in many ways. He was an independent man who worked hard for everything he ever achieved. His work ethic rubbed off on me and made me a better person. So many fond memories of times spent with Uncle Ken have flooded my thoughts over the last couple of days. Memories ranging from fun times at Stony Lake in Ohio to working at Ken Bunting Carpentry to fishing in the Florida Keys to simply sitting by a poolside or a dock and laughing with Ken and family while enjoying a cold adult beverage or two..or three….or ? I remember one particular time when Ken, Russell, and I were having one of our many talks about how messed up the world was and what we would do to change things. He told Russell and I that too many people depended on the government or someone else. I remembered we raised our beers in agreement and then he added how the only way to really make a change was to just make up your f…..g mind, do it, and don’t let anything stand in your way. I think we raised our beers to that one as well. Anyway, I remembered thinking how simple and yet profound his comment was. I even remember thinking about that conversation when making some of the major decisions in my life. Uncle Ken had a dramatic impact on my life and I know on many others. God’s peace, comfort, and love to Russell, Joyce, our family, and to everyone who had the privilege to know Ken Bunting.