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Philip 'Joe' Bunge, 78, Brown County

Lifelong Brown County resident, Philip Richards “Joe” Bunge, passed away suddenly Dec. 4, 2013. Philip spent his last day outdoors, as he loved to do, working to clear a fallen tree from his property just west of Helmsburg. A problem with his heart resulted in a trip to the hospital, yet God called Philip home before the recommended surgery could be performed.

Philip will be remembered as a humble man, who consistently and generously gave his time and talent to his family, his community and his church. The third child of Chester and Hannah (Richards) Bunge, Philip was born June 17, 1935, in Helmsburg. He enjoyed playing basketball for the Fighting Tigers, and graduated with the Helmsburg High School class of 1953. A double-date with friends turned into a two-year courtship, and he married his high school sweetheart, Guylia L. Smith, Jan. 2, 1955. Together they built a new home for themselves, started a family and began their own construction business. Their union lasted a short 58 years, but stands as a testament to a marriage based on love, trust and Christian principle.

It is estimated that Philip built more than 100 homes during his career, with most of them being in Brown County and the surrounding area, but he also built several houses in Florida, too, where he and Guylia enjoyed spending the winter months. Philip was skilled at all aspects of the home-building process, and many times illustrated his vision of the work to be done by simply sketching it out on a 2x4 at the jobsite. Of the many accomplishments attributed to this quiet man, one of his most visible was the construction of the beautiful Unity Baptist Church. Beginning in spring 1998, Philip worked six days a week alongside his fellow church members to build the new building on ground across the road from the original church. Through the generosity of several, and the combined manpower of many, “This Church Called Unity” was completed in the spring of 2000, totally debt-free. Philip’s 55-year membership at Unity Baptist Church involved serving as deacon and trustee, as well as sexton for the church cemetery.

Philip Bunge let his light shine in communities other than his own, as he answered the call to help rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. August 2013 found Philip assisting with tasks such as pouring footers and remodeling the group homes of the developmentally handicapped residents of Rainbow Acres in Arizona.

Philip and Guylia enthusiastically traveled throughout all 50 states, and ventured to Alaska five times. Camping in the back of their Ford truck and cooking over an open fire as they made their way across the USA are counted as some of the best times the Bunges enjoyed through the years. While not one to spend endless hours in front of the television, Philip nonetheless never intended to miss an IU basketball game, “Jeopardy” or giving his nightly greeting to the co-host of “Wheel of Fortune” with a friendly "Well, Hello, Vanna!" Philip realized his longtime dream of owning and refurbishing an antique auto with the purchase of a Ford Model A several years ago, and he fired up this car and happily cut a couple laps around the barn lot just days before his passing.

Among those who will miss Philip the most are his family left behind to remember and celebrate his life: wife Guylia; daughter, Loretta Kay (David) Woodrum of Morgantown; son, David Michael Bunge and daughter, Robin Lee (Tim) Nolin, both of Brown County. Also sharing the loss are his sister, Mary Jo (Mike) Renihan of Martinsville; one brother, John A. (Ann) Bunge of Indianapolis; two sisters-in-law: Wanda Bunge of Greenwood and Patricia Bunge of Cocoa, Fla.; brother-in-law, David (Dorothy) Isley of Lubbock, Texas; eight grandchildren: Amanda, Adam, Austin, Adrian, Andrew, Hannah, Bahia and Zion; and 10 great-grandchildren, Clay, Abby, Alyssa, Luci, Logan, Bryce, Cooper, Ryder, Rocson and Claire.

Philip was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Hannah (Richards) Bunge; two sisters, Dorothy Jean Young and Sue Lynn Isley; and two brothers, Kenny Bunge and Frank M. Bunge.

Friends and family were invited to share hugs and memories during visitation at Unity Baptist Church Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 3 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will take place at the church Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m. The church is at 7361 Spearsville Road in Brown County. The Revs. John Parsley, Jeff Tryon and Lee Snyder together will conduct the funeral and burial service, with interment at Unity Baptist Church Cemetery. Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown has been entrusted with arrangements.

Memorial contributions can be made in honor of Philip Bunge to the Unity Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 7361 Spearsville Road, Morgantown, IN, 46160.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Bunge family at www.meredith-clark.com.

 

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  • September 1
    Labor Day weekend races at BC Dragway
    9 a.m, 11 a.m., 2 p.m. Brown County Dragway, 4396 W. Bransetter Road
  • September 1
    'The Hundred-Foot Journey' movie at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren
  • September 2
    Magic club
    5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 2
    B.C. 4-H Council
    7 p.m. 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • September 2
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 2
    Chamber of Commerce
    8 a.m. Willow Manor, 72 Willow St.
  • September 2
    Nashville Redevelopment Commission CANCELED
    4:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 2
    CSCD Building Commission
    7 p.m. CSLOA Clubhouse, 8751 Nineveh Road
  • September 3
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • September 3
    Nashville Technical Review Committee
    1 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 3
    Hamblen Fire Protection District
    7 p.m. Hamblen Fire Station, 4650 Sweetwater Trail, Nineveh
  • September 3
    BC SWCD
    6:30 p.m. SWCD Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • September 3
    Brown County Commissioners
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    Woodworkers club
    7 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 4
    Go Club at the library
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 4
    Gospel jam session
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone
  • September 4
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 4
    CSCD Ecology Commission
    7 p.m. CSLOA Clubhouse, 8751 Nineveh Road
  • September 4
    Nashville Town Council
    6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 4
    B.C. Election Board
    2:30 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • September 4
    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees
    5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Van Buren Elementary School, 4045 State Road 135 South
  • September 5
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • September 5
    Bean Blossom farmers market Friday
    4 to 7 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, State roads 135 North and 45, Bean Blossom
  • September 5
    Garden club plant sale at farmer's market
    4 to 7 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, State roads 135 North and 45, Bean Blossom
  • September 6
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 6
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • September 7
    Live fingerstyle at dance barn
    4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • September 8
    BC Animal Control Board
    7 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 8
    Paper craft club organizes first meeting as part of county extension homemakers association
    5:30 p.m. Wishful Thinking, 150 Old School Way
  • September 9
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • September 9
    Friends of the Library: Author Perry to speak, sign books
    7 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 9
    Chamber of Commerce
    8 a.m. Willow Manor, 72 Willow St.
  • September 10
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • September 11
    Gospel jam session
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone
  • September 11
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 11
    Nashville Arts & Entertainment Commission
    10 a.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 12
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • September 12
    Bean Blossom farmers market Friday
    4 to 7 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, State roads 135 North and 45, Bean Blossom
  • September 13
    Hoosier Hops and Harvest at Story Inn
    1 to 7 p.m. Story Inn, 6404 State Road 135 South
  • September 13
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 13
    Second Saturday Village Art Walk
    5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Nashville
  • September 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • September 13
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • September 13
    Raptor center fundraiser at Abe Martin Lodge
    5 to 9 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • September 15
    BC Commission on Public Records
    2 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 16
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 18
    Gospel jam session
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone
  • September 18
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 19
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • September 19
    Bean Blossom farmers market Friday
    4 to 7 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, State roads 135 North and 45, Bean Blossom
  • September 20
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 20
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • October 2
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • October 11
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • October 11
    Second Saturday Village Art Walk
    5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Nashville
  • October 25
    BCSP Halloween activities
    5 to 6 p.m., 8 to 10 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1810 State Road 46 East