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Eric R. Bunch, Division 75 Local Chairman, 1976-2014

CLEVELAND, August 18 — The BLET National Division extends deepest sympathies to the family of Eric R. Bunch, a BNSF locomotive engineer and Local Chairman of BLET Division 75 (Kansas City, Mo.), who died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest on July 24, 2014. He was 38 years old.

He left behind his wife, Lari Sue, and two sons, Parker 10 and Lincoln 8. He also is survived by his mother and step-father: Linda and Tom Cummings, Grandfather: Delbert McCart, sister and brother in law: Debbie and Greg Beavers, sister and brother in law: Renea and Kurt Ostermiller, step siblings: Kelly and Bill Lowe and Kristen and PJ Russell, and Kale Cummings. He had many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

“Eric will be long remembered by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him. He will be missed by all,” said C.C. Fuller, a close friend of the family and Secretary-Treasurer of Division 75.

Brother Bunch earned promotion to locomotive engineer in 2003 and first joined Division 75 on March 1, 2004. He was an officer of Division 75 for over four years. He served three years as 1st Vice Local Chairman and had been the Local Chairman since January 2013.

“He was very active with BLET Division 75, doing whatever he could for the Brotherhood and for his members’ safety,” Brother Fuller said. “He had aspirations of working at the General Committee level for the BLET of the former ATSF properties one day.”

Those interested in supporting the family with a card, gift, or donation, please send to:

Community Bank of Missouri
1400 Hospital Dr.
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
(Make checks payable to: Eric Bunch Memorial)

“Eric Bunch had a huge heart and a very caring soul,” Brother Fuller said. “He would help out anyone that needed help as well as take the time to explain anything to anyone that asked a question. If you had ever met Eric, you enjoyed his company right away. He enjoyed telling stories from his past as well as talking about his family. He enjoyed vacationing with his wife and watching their sons compete in sports. He helped coach them in both football and wrestling. He also enjoyed the outdoors hunting and fishing whenever he had the time.”

BLET National President extended deepest sympathies to the Bunch family.

“It is so tragic to see such a young man struck down in the prime of his life,” President Pierce said. “This young man had so much to live for, had a wonderful family and had the whole rest of his life ahead of him. He leaves behind a hole in our hearts that can never be filled. On behalf of the entire BLET, our thoughts and prayers are with Brother Bunch’s family and the members of Division 75.”

Monday, August 18, 2014
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