William F. Bunch

August 5, 1935July 3, 2013

Age 77 Of Woodbury MN

William Franklin Bunch died peacefully in his sleep the morning of July 3rd 2013 after valiant battle with cancer and other medical conditions. He is survived by his Wife of 50 Years, Ella Ruth Bunch; Son, William and Daughter-in-Law, Julie with Grandchildren, Samantha and Steve of Woodbury MN; Son, Carl of Fort Myers FL and Daughter, Ellen with Partner, Pete of Chicago IL.; Sister-in-law, Clare; Nephew, Andy Carl and Niece, Ann; also his Sister’s Children, Mark and Lynn. William is preceded in death by his Sister, Sara and his Parents, Sydney and William. Bill was born in Kirksville MO. He received a bachelors, masters and PhD in music composition from the University of Iowa. Bill worked his whole life doing what he loved most, music and the arts. He was a high school band teacher in Iowa and then a college music professor in Minnesota and Arizona. Finishing his career as a Dean of Fine Arts in Georgia, Minnesota, Illinois and Texas. In addition to music and the arts, Bill enjoyed photography, trains, watching baseball and reading. Visitation will be at King Of King Lutheran Church at 1583 Radio Drive Woodbury, MN; at 1 PM Sunday July 7th, with a memorial service to follow at 3 PM.


  • Gathering of Family & Friends Sunday, July 7, 2013
  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 7, 2013

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July 9, 2013

On behalf of the Thursday Music Club of Corpus Christi, Texas I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Ruth and the family of Bill Bunch. He and Ruth will always be remembered in this community for their dedication to music and for Bill's contribution in the way of his compositions.

Eleanor S. Cheavens
President, Thursday Music Club

Ken and Stephanie Karstoft

July 8, 2013

Ruth, Bill, Carl, Ellen and family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We know that no words can help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now. You are in our every prayer and thought. It's the little things, the small, everyday occurrences that you'll remember. The laughs, the stories, the smiles. And even though it seems like you can never recover from your loss, it is these very memories that will help push the pain away and bring back the smiles.
Our deepest sympathy, Ken and Stephanie Karstoft