Major George R. Bunch, (Ret.), 84, of Deming, N.M., passed away Dec. 7, 2006, after a lengthy illness, in Pueblo, Colo. As were his wishes, cremation will take place. A graveside service with full military honors will be held at Mountain View Cemetery in Deming, New Mexico at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, with the Rev. Frank Koessel officiating. George was born in Hermiston, Ore. to Robert and Germain Bunch. When he was young, George used to hoe huckleberries for $1 a day. He left school to go to work in Construction for $1 an hour in the Naval Reserves and enlisted in 1941. He also served in the Army and the Air Force. He did his basic training in Fort Dix, Louisiana. He fought over seas in many battles, including; Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Algeria, French Morocco, Tunisian, Northern Apennines, PO Valley, North Africa and Sicily. George drove tanks, was stationed on five different ships, drove landing crafts onto the beaches and was wounded at Angio Beach. He was decorated for the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was also given the Purple Heart. George loved to fish and hunt. He also liked to travel in his motor homes around the United States with Lorraine. George was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Disabled Veterans, V.F.W., American Legion, Odd Fellows and Elks. His parents, one brother, first wife Evelyn, and just recently his wife of 13 years Lorraine, precede him in death. Survivors include; step sons, Gerald Lamar and James Ripke of California; five grandchildren, David, Erik, Heather, April and Scott; a special niece, Denise Tristano, along with numerous nieces and nephews as well as a special neighbor, Patti Salesses. Memorials may be made to any of the organizations listed above.

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