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Richard Michael Bunn

June 12, 1942 - July 26, 2022

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 4-6 pm at Tharp Funeral Home on Breezewood Drive in Lynchburg. The Funeral Service with Military Honors will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, August 1, 2022 at Tharp Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at Virginia Memorial Park, 11490 Forest Road, Forest, Virginia.

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Richard Michael Bunn, beloved husband, father and grandfather, departed this earthly life and went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 after a valiant battle with cancer.

Richard was born on June 12, 1942 in Albany, New York to Michael Laverne and Ivy (Webber) Bunn. He attended Christian Brothers Academy where he played football as a running back. He enlisted in the Navy in 1959, and served 21 years. He met his wife Barbara Moses in 1970 while stationed in Watertown, New York. They were married on March 27, 1970.

While in the Navy, he was stationed in the Antarctic as part of Operation Deep Freeze 1961-63; NATO command headquarters in Naples, Italy 1963-65; Danang, Vietnam 1967-69; USS Robert H. McCard DD822 1976-1980; and other stateside duty stations. He retired from the Navy in 1981. He then pursued an Associates Degree in Computer Programming from National Business College in Lynchburg, Virginia. He joined the Old Time Gospel Hour and then Liberty University working in their computer departments until 1998. His final place of work was as a security officer at The Summit on Enterprise Drive in Lynchburg until his retirement in 2007.

He was predeceased by his parents Michael and Ivy Bunn, and his two sisters June Bowser and Joan Vogel.

He is survived by his wife Barbara; daughters Sarah (Jonathan) Cantor, Eve (Tony) Shrader, Joanna (Clif) Costello-Cocke, and Abigail Costello; his son Michael Bunn; eleven grandchildren: Anna (Cameron) Myers, Isaac Cantor, Naomi (Gaven) Gorney, Phoebe and Mary Cantor, Narelli Pierre, Giovanni and Olivia Cunningham, Jadon and Caleb Cocke, and new grandbaby Seth Shrader; one great grandchild Ruth Myers. In addition, he is survived by his niece Mary Vogel; nephews Wayne Seabridge, Michael Seabridge, Mark (Sue) Vogel, Donnie Vogel, and Luke Vogel, as well as great nieces and nephews.

His wife and children want to thank all of the wonderful, caring staff at Alan B. Pearson Cancer Center. Their thoughtful and professional care of Richard was a blessing. They also want to thank Centra Hospice for their compassionate care.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 4-6 pm at Tharp Funeral Home on Breezewood Drive in Lynchburg. The Funeral Service with Military Honors will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, August 1, 2022 at Tharp Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at Virginia Memorial Park, 11490 Forest Road, Forest, Virginia. Flowers may be sent to Tharp Funeral Home, 220 Breezewood Drive Lynchburg, VA 24502.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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Dear Aunt Barbara and Family, My Uncle Richard has inspired me to live a life full of love for family and Our Lord. It was impossible to talk to Uncle Richard without sharing tales of family, keeping me full of interesting history of our familial line; funny, sincere and incredible facts. My Mom (his sister, Joan) will be together now, and Richard promised me he would let Mom know I send all my love to her. His love and laughter was so genuine - he adored you, Barbara, and devoted his life to his beautiful children and grandchildren. I will miss him dearly, and we as a family have been shaped by his gentle soul. I love you, Barbara. Mary, Josh, Jaylee and Olivia

Posted by Mary I Vogel on August 23, 2022

My Dear Friend Barbara, I am so so sorry for your loss! It saddens me deeply ! I will never forget Dick giving me great advice when needed. I always looked up to the both of you . Dick was a devoted loving husband and father ! I pray for you and your family and know Dick is with his Heavenly Father and no more sorrow or pain ! Rest In Peace Dick

Posted by Leslie Johnson on August 8, 2022

The Lynchburg Alumni Association expresses our sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Lynchburg Alumni Association on August 3, 2022

He's the kindest, compassionate person I know. Thank you Dick for always treating me with these gifts. Barbara, I love you and I'm sorry you and your family is grieving. God bless you all.

Posted by Larry Forrest on August 1, 2022

Barb and Family, we were so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. He was a great guy and cared so much for his family and friends. Richard worked with me (Sandy) at Liberty in the Computer Department and helped me learn Cobol Programming which opened up a whole new career for me when I left Liberty. Our hearts go out to you all and we will be praying for the comfort only our Lord can give. I Peter 5:7

Posted by Scott and Sandy Kramer on July 31, 2022

I have so many great memories of working with Richard and the gang at OTGH. Bunn family-I’m so sorry for your loss-Richard was a special person and loved his family😢

Posted by Allison Moyer on July 29, 2022

Dear Barb, my heart is heavy and am saddened you are going through this sorrow. Dick was a loving husband and devoted father. He welcomed people with that sweet smile and had such a jovial laugh. I will never forget the day he cavorted around the pool and kept going down the slide trying to land on the alligator. He never stopped laughing that day. What a fun family visit that was. Sarah, Eve, Joanna, Abigail and Michael, your dad\'s heart was so full of love for his children, and it grew bigger and bigger with every grandchild. He will be sorely missed by so many. He is in the arms of his Savior who has set another place at His table. RIP dear Richard.

Posted by delores j taylor on July 29, 2022

Dear Barb, my heart is heavy and am saddened you are going through this sorrow. Dick was a loving husband and devoted father. He welcomed people with that sweet smile and had such a jovial laugh. I will never forget the day he cavorted around the pool and kept going down the slide trying to land on the alligator. He never stopped laughing that day. What a fun family visit that was. Sarah, Eve, Joanna, Abigail and Michael, your dad's heart was so full of love for his children, and it grew bigger and bigger with every grandchild. He will be sorely missed by so many. He is in the arms of his Savior who has set another place at His table. RIP dear Richard.

Posted by delores j taylor on July 29, 2022

Rest In Peace My Beloved Uncle. I Am Sure Heaven’s Gates Were Wide Open!

Posted by Linda Taylor on July 29, 2022

Always welcoming, warm smile, a heart for the Lord.

Posted by Mark Moses on July 28, 2022

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