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Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home

577 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL

OBITUARY

Clinton Roger Bunke

August 16, 1936May 26, 2020

Dr. Clinton R. Bunke passed away Tuesday, May 26, leaving behind his wife of 26 years, Dr. Patricia Bunke, and five children, Shannon Bunke (Brian) of California, Heather McCarthy, Dawn (John) Nicola, and C.R. Bunke, all of Colorado and a step-daughter, Bridget Dearborn of New York. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, a sister, Myrtle, and three brothers: Robert, Wilton, and Stanley.

Clint was the youngest of thirteen siblings. At the age of six he lost his father and one of his brothers on the same day. This tragedy produced a family unusually committed to helping each member succeed in life. As a high school student, he published his poetry in national journals, he participated in all sports, music, drama and original oratory. His oratory entitled, “The Peacetime Potentialities of Atomic Energy” won the Minnesota State Oratory Contest. He was a jazz trumpeter and vocalist who won a national contest and a trip to New York where he auditioned for Ted Mack and Arthur Godfrey.

Dr. Bunke is a member of the West Point Association of Graduates Class of 1959 and served as an officer during the Viet Nam War. Following his military service, he was selected as a National Defense Fellow. He received his Master’s Degree in Analytic Philosophy and a Doctorate in Advanced Research and Foundations at the University of Iowa. With the granting of his Doctorate, he was recognized as one of the outstanding Big Ten Doctoral Graduates.

He was employed as a senior level graduate professor at Illinois State University with over 30 honors and awards for his teaching, service and research, including an Outstanding Educator in America and the Robert G. Bone Distinguished Teacher Award. During his time as a professor and beyond, Dr. Bunke was a national Educational Reform specialist with over 4,000 keynote presentations, workshops clinics, and seminars to his credit throughout the United States. Upon leaving the University, Clint and his wife, Pat, owned and operated Nutri System Weight Loss Centers in Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky. Upon selling their business, they moved to Marco Island where they built a home and lived since 2002.

As a resident of Marco Island Clint was a member of the Marco Island Men’s Club, the JW Marriott Golf Club (Members Club of Marco) which includes the Rookery and Hammock Bay.

Throughout his life, Clint pursued what he called “the urge to make sense” directing him in a constant quest for answers about life, meaning, and purpose. He was a lifelong learner always pursuing new studies and interests, including futuristics in science and the humanities. He taught himself to speak Spanish and produced incredible writing, computer art, and, at the time of his death, was working on a book. He was a true Renaissance Man who can never be replaced in the hearts and minds of his family. Due to the Coronavirus no services are planned at this time. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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  • A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date

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Audrey and Rod Rogers

June 12, 2020

Our deepest sympathies are extended to Pat and the entire Bunke family. We have such good memories of a wonderful and strong man (with a particularly strong handshake!). The love he had for Pat was in his eyes, and we hope provides her with consolation in the days ahead. Our condolences,
Audrey and Rod Rogers

susan becker

June 4, 2020

Clint: The world's most scintillating conversationalist--so terribly missed by those who loved and respected him.
Susan Becker

Robert W & Bettie Lou Bunke

June 1, 2020

To Brother Clint's family
It would take several pages to express our memories and consequently our sorrow on the passing of brother Clint. He was an outstanding individual in so many ways. He had a brilliant mind and utilized it to make life better for many people. As a West Point Graduate and an outstanding Professor , he had the qualifications to be heard. Yes, he was the youngest in our family of 13 , but we all referred to Dr Clint as the smartest one in the family.
May God bless each of you with precious memories of a great husband and father. We will all miss him greatly.

Brother Rob & Bettie Lou Bunke

Stan and Darleen Bunke

May 31, 2020

We have read all of the accomplishments that were posted, and they are numerous and admirable. We knew Clint, "Uncle Clint to our kids" as a very kind person who seemed to know everyone in the family and asked about how they were doing. He seemed to us like "the life of the party" with his jokes, anecdotes and remarks. Stan has many memories of their years as they grew up together and the times, sometimes difficult, sometimes fun and exciting, that he can recall. We saw way too little of him and the family, but we always enjoyed our time together. We know that the family has innumerable memories and may these help to sustain you at this time. Our prayers are with each of you as you adjust to a life without a very special person. Rest in peace, Clint! We loved you and our prayers are with the family at this time.


Greg Conlon

May 31, 2020

To the family of Clint.

I am so very sorry to hear about Clint's passing. I remember as a young lad how kind, fun, & smart he was. Shannon, Heather, Dawn, and C.R...please accept my condolences during this difficult time. For all, I pray for strength of family and solace. I know he will be greatly missed.

Greg Conlon
Dallas, TX.

Cindy Severson

May 29, 2020

Uncle Clint was absolutely brilliant but always so humble and a complete joy to be around. His accomplishments were very honorable and many. He loved his family and made sure they knew it. He will be truly missed but loved and remembered by all who knew him. Rest in peace and love.


Cindy

John. Mary Moyer

May 29, 2020


So glad we spent Christmas together.
We have lots of great memories from Boxing Day and many dinners over the years.

John. Mary Moyer

George and Mary Patrick

May 28, 2020

Where do I begin. The laughs, dinners, bridge, golf and especially good wine. We had so many good times together. We loved Clinty. He is finally at peace. You took such good care of him, now take care of yourself.
Love George and Mary❤️

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY