Douglas E. Bunnell, 78, passed away June 12, 2020

Douglas E. Bunnell, 78, of Benton Harbor, passed away, Friday, June 12, 2020 at his home.

A Celebration of Life Graveside Service will be held at a later date at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 until 6:00 P.M. Monday, June 22, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorial donations in Doug’s name may be made to the First Church of God, St. Joseph. Those wishing to sign Doug’s Memory Book online may do so at

Doug was born March 8, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to Emery & Alice (Stanner) Bunnell. He graduated from Berrien Springs High School, Class of 1960, and went on to earn his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Doug served his country in the United States Army National Guard. On October 8, 1985 he married the former Diane Merritt in Sequim, WA. Doug was employed for forty years at Whirlpool Corp. in Benton Harbor, retiring as Senior Product Designer in 1997. Doug was a member of the First Church of God and the Whirlpool Old Timers. In his free time he enjoyed wine making, fishing, bowling, reading, & building models-especially military planes.

Doug is survived by his wife Diane; his children-Douglas W. (Tonya) Bunnell & Dale Bunnell, both of Ocklawaha, FL, David (Tammy) Bunnell of TN, Linda (James) Miller & David Ream, both of Hesperia, CA; nine grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Bill Merritt of Grand Rapids, MI, sister-in-law Kay Brown of Sand Lake, MI; several nieces & nephews; special friend Steve Reynolds of Grand Rapids; and friends too numerous to mention. He was preceded in death by his parents-Emery Bunnell & Alice McCurdy, and his granddaughter Rachel Miller. 

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