Louie Horace Bunn
March 26, 1919 – February 25, 2019
Louie “Lou” Horace Bunn, 99, passed on peacefully on February 25, 2019, at home in Roswell, GA.
Lou was born on March 26, 1919, in Bessemer, AL. He was the last surviving of the thirteen children of Joseph E. and Maudie Harmon Bunn.
He is survived by his son Alan (Michelle) Bunn of Alpharetta, GA; granddaughter Victoria (Dirk) Seib of Thousand Oaks, CA; grandson Travis Bunn of Atlanta, GA; daughter-in-law Carol (Bruce)Williamson of Prescott, AZ; grandson Jason (Melanie) Bunn of Santa Clarita, CA; granddaughters Carolyn Stohr of Hubert, NC; and Melissa Keeton of Savannah, GA and eight great-grandchildren. Lou was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Ruth Simmons Bunn, and their son, Dennis Bunn.
He graduated from McAdory High School in McCalla, AL. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1942 at the outbreak of WWII, serving in the 5th Naval Construction Battalion, the Seabees. His assignments during the war took him to Norfolk, VA; Pearl Harbor, HI; Midway Island; and Port Hueneme, CA.
Lou was a remarkable baseball player. During the war, he played on the Seabee team at Midway Island, Pearl Harbor and Port Hueneme. This team was a combination of professional players and players like Lou with great natural ability. The team played under unusual conditions such as games on Midway which were played on the runway. At Pearl Harbor, they played on various fields, often before crowds of tens of thousands of spectators. They were one of the best teams in the Pacific Ocean theater of WWII.
Lou and Ruth raised their two sons in Ventura, CA, where he worked for Pacific Telephone, retiring in 1982 after 38 years of service. Lou was very active in the community where he served as a Little League coach and volunteered with the Telephone Pioneers and Seabee’s.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019, from 11:00 am until noon, at the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, in Ventura, CA with a Celebration of Lou’s Life beginning at noon. Burial will follow at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, 5400 Valentine Road, in Ventura.
As an expression of sympathy, flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at tribute.themmrf.org/LouBunn
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com.
- Visitation Friday, March 8, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, March 8, 2019