Steven Lester Bunger

Steven Lester Bunger

Mr. Steven Lester Bunger, 69, of LaGrange, Mo., passed away, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill.

He was born Aug. 11, 1950, in Hannibal, Mo., a son of Lester Henry and Wanda Mae Donath Bunger. He married Diane R. Ellison on May 22, 1971, in Canton, Mo.  She survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Troy (Sarah) Bunger, Dover, Del.; Craig (Melissa) Bunger, Columbia, Mo.; and Chase (Charity) Bunger, Columbia; seven grandchildren, AlexAndrea, Ayana, Joshua, Liam, Reed, Adalyn and Lena and a great-granddaughter, Iris; his mother, Wanda Mae Bunger, Palmyra; two sisters, Jean Thornton, Palmyra; and Sally (Bill) Jennings, Hannibal; several nieces and nephews; and two brothers-in-law, Larry (Pat) Ellison, Ewing; and Kevin (Marjorie) Ellison, Lewistown, Mo.  

He was preceded in death by his father.

Steve worked at Hadler International in Quincy for 45 years, retiring in 2015.  

He enjoyed Mizzou football and Highland High sports. He was a 1968 graduate of Palmyra High School.  

He was a member of the Lutheran Church, but had faithfully attended the Catholic Church with Diane for many years.

A concelebrated Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Canton with Father Basil Eruo and Father Rob Fields officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery in LaGrange.  

Music will be provided by Nan Wood, organist, and will include “On Eagles Wings”.

Pallbearers will be Hunter Florea, Dennis Redd, Austin Schultz, Andrew Schultz, Kyle Ellison and Ryan Hunsaker.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of the services Saturday morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Memorials may be made to “CFCA/Unbound” for the Bunger’s adopted Christian child, Paul Ngatia of Nairobi Kenya.

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