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Douglas A. Bunker

Doug passed away Saturday, September 7, 2019 at his home in Kalamazoo.

He was born October 24, 1962 in South Bend, Indiana, the son of Donald and Josephine (Fergusson) Bunker. Doug owned and operated Bunker Insurance Group in Otsego for over 20 years. Doug loved playing and coaching baseball and enjoyed following Notre Dame Football and the Chicago Cubs.

On September 28, 1991 at Allegan Congregational Church he married Julie Cook who survives.

Also surviving are his daughters, Brianna Bunker of Kent City and Kaylee Bunker of Otsego; sister, Gail Van Polen of Allegan; several nieces and his dog Peanut, who was like a son to Doug.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Contributions in memory of Doug may be made to Kalamazoo Christian Schools.

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Chuck Moore Jr.

September 8, 2019 at 2:23 pm

WoW. Sorry to hear of Bunk’s passing. I just messaged him on Facebook a few days ago. Loved his SMILE. He will be missed.


Mary Brewster Brennan

September 8, 2019 at 2:25 pm


I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

All my love

Mary Brewster Brennan


bonnie goodacre

September 8, 2019 at 2:50 pm

So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing, he was 1 yr older than my son Jeff and played rocket football with my husband Dan’s team for a couple of years as a boy. He was a great kid, Iam sure he became a very good man. Condolences to his family and friends


Mike & Joanne Krcatovich

September 8, 2019 at 3:21 pm

Julie & daughters,

We’re so very saddened by this news. Enjoyed all of you at church and the girls in Sunday school when they were young. Nicest family you could ever know. We’ll hold you up in prayer as you deal with this loss.

God Bless,

Mike & Joanne Krcatovich


Jackie and hubie

September 8, 2019 at 4:17 pm

Julie and girls

So sorry about Doug’s passing he was a great guy, husband and dad.

Your in our thoughts and if anything we can do let us know.

He will be missed.

Love you guys

Jackie and hubie


Stan Town

September 8, 2019 at 4:28 pm

Sorry to hear, Doug was a huge baseball card collector as a kid.

My condolences to his family.


Robin Lovett O'Connor

September 8, 2019 at 4:56 pm


So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Robin Lovett O’Connor


Bill & Donna Gurn

September 8, 2019 at 5:49 pm

We are so sorry to hear of your loss!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Doug’s entire family.


Cory and Aimee Hess

September 8, 2019 at 6:22 pm

We are sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of your families.


Natalie Pickett

September 8, 2019 at 7:10 pm

Julie, Bri and Kaylee,

I am so sorry for your loss. Doug was an inspirations to Hope and the girls while he coached them in soccer. He was a kind, gentle soul. Bug hugs to you.

Natalie Pickett and Hope Pell


Steven V Chamberlin

September 8, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Doug was the lead alto sax player in our high school saxophone quartet. Sheri LaForge played second alto. Mark Kuiper was on tenor, and I was on bari. We had loads of fun playing and always took straight “I” ratings. Great guy. Gifted athlete. Very sad to learn of this…


Diana & John Hall (Chelsea's parents)

September 8, 2019 at 8:20 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. We only met Doug very briefly, but were looking forward to getting to know him and the rest of the Bunker family better in the coming months. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.


Lori Vigen

September 8, 2019 at 8:41 pm

Julie and girls – my heart aches for each of you. I have known Doug for so long (he played baseball for my dad in Otsego) and I truly enjoyed his smile and friendship over the years. I will be praying for each of you for peace and comfort in the days and weeks to come. Please feel free to reach out to me if there is anything I can do for any of you


Kim Lewis

September 8, 2019 at 8:41 pm

Rest Peacefully My Friend..


Lexie Shephard

September 8, 2019 at 8:47 pm

Doug you will be so missed in the park. Your friendship was cherished by so many. Hope you are at peace and prayers to your loved ones!


Greg Evink

September 8, 2019 at 9:22 pm

Doug, you’ve left us way to soon. We go back to pony league. Every time we spoke, we laughed. You played a integral role in my life & can never be replaced. There is no way I could express how much I appreciate you being in my world. When we said we loved each other, We both knew we meant it as genuine brethren. Thanks for the laughs. It was a heck of a ride together. From my family to yours. We pay homage to you and pass our condolences. You’ll never leave our hearts. I love you Bunk. We will all miss you.


Connie VanDerSlik

September 8, 2019 at 9:48 pm

Julie, Bri and Kaylee, so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I enjoyed the times we chatted when he was at K Christian for baseball, he loved KChristian baseball. You are in my thoughts and prayers! Connie VanDerSlik


Wally Shattuck

September 8, 2019 at 9:55 pm

So sorry to hear about Doug .

Prayers for his family .


Marshall Wyant

September 9, 2019 at 1:11 am

I am so very sorry



September 9, 2019 at 7:43 am

I had the pleasure of meeting Doug recently. During our one and only conversation I found him to be a bright and caring person. Julie, I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in my prayers.


Kelly and Joe Bohl

September 9, 2019 at 8:32 am

Julie and your wonderful family – so sorry to hear of this great loss. Doug was a kind family man. We will be thinking of your entire family and sending big hugs.


Conni pierce

September 9, 2019 at 8:50 am

My condolences prayers


Ray Pritchett

September 9, 2019 at 9:34 am

Very sad to hear this about Doug. We go back to middle school and used to play a lot of tennis together. Doug was always a smart and caring friend with a great heart. Prayers for his family.


bruce leonard

September 9, 2019 at 9:55 am

So sorry for the loss of Doug he was a good man ,always helping . He will be missed ,and I pray for his family


Terry Shook

September 9, 2019 at 11:17 am

I am so sorry to hear of my good friend, Gail’s, passing. I knew him, met him, but what I know about him is how he loved his sister and took care of her in so many ways. That’s the ultimate person to me. Praying for his family.


Christopher Creviston

September 9, 2019 at 11:56 am

I’m saddened to hear this, especially for Julie and the rest of the family. Doug was one of the most important people in my life when I was in my teens. As one of my first saxophone teachers, he really invested a lot of time with me, making sure I was on the right path as a musician, and I’ll forever be grateful.


Tammy L Karmon-Hoffman

September 9, 2019 at 12:06 pm


I was so shocked and saddened to read that Doug had passed away. Please know how sorry I am. Thankfully, you will spend eternity together some day, but for now… I will pray for peace and comfort for you, your daughters and family.

Much love,

Tammy Karmon-Hoffman


Patti Owens

September 9, 2019 at 1:20 pm

Doug was a loyal person and always kind. Much peace to your family as you mourn your loss.


Kate Swetland and Penny Sweetland Haight

September 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Julie and your family, Mom and I send our love and you and the girls are in our thoughts and prayers. Doug was a warm kind man and will be missed.



September 9, 2019 at 3:52 pm


I’m so saddened to hear about Doug. Please know all of you will be in my prayers as you walk through these next few days & weeks. May you feel a peace only God can give.

XO Lisa


Jim Preston

September 9, 2019 at 5:16 pm

Julie and the entire family

So sorry to hear this. Please know he is at peace. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. If there is anything, and I mean anything, please do not hesitate to let me know.



Tom Laws Jr.

September 9, 2019 at 9:36 pm

I remember Doug , but was actually in his sisters class (Gail). My deepest and most heartfelt condolences…


Larry& Deb Belden

September 10, 2019 at 12:03 am

We are deeply saddened by Doug’s passing. He was a good family man and friend. Julie, Bri, Kaylee, Sally & Norm and entire family, please know we are lifting you up in prayer. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time


Don, Sherri & Brittany Ferguson

September 10, 2019 at 7:03 am

Julie, Brianna, Kaylee, Gail & Family:

Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

RIP – Doug we love you.


Jackie and hubie

September 10, 2019 at 10:42 am

Gail and family

So sorry about your great brother and uncle I know you will miss him very much.

Take care and love you

Jackie and hubie


Kathy & Kevin Sparks & Girls,

September 10, 2019 at 10:48 am

Julie & Family,

We are shocked to hear of Doug’s passing, what a great loss! Kevin has found memories of his friend and their “roommate” days. He is deeply blessed to have had Doug as a friend. Thoughts and prayers to your family!



Robert McClellan

September 10, 2019 at 2:41 pm

To the whole Bunker family. I am so sorry for your loss of Doug and my prayers are with you. I knew Doug for well over 20 years in the insurance business but the most important thing was we became very good friends and had some great times together. He will be missed but my many memories of him will be with me forever! Again so very sorry for your loss…much Love Bob McClellan


Buffy Welch

September 11, 2019 at 6:23 am

I’m heartbroken for your family. Please know you’re in my thoughts and prayers.


Jerry & Sue Miller

September 11, 2019 at 9:18 am

Shocked to read of Doug’s death. We enjoyed having both of you as neighbors and have missed you since you moved. Doug was such a positive influence on the neighborhood. He will be missed.


Rick Howrigon

September 11, 2019 at 9:39 am

Julie and Family

I am so sorry to hear about Doug’s passing. No words I can say will bring you comfort but know that my prayers and thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.


Becky Hicks

September 11, 2019 at 3:24 pm

I am so saddened to hear of Dougs passing, I only knew him about 3 months,but in that time I came to realize what a good, caring helping person he was. All he wanted to was help people, and am so sorry for those people who did’nt get it . Will miss you, and will pray for Julie and family


Carolyn Wyant

September 15, 2019 at 8:44 pm

Julie I’m so sorry for your lose. He will greatly be missed. He try to help each and everyone one that he meant, but forgot himself.. .God be with you and your family


Bonnie Harter

September 18, 2019 at 10:49 pm

Bob & Bonnie Harter says:

Julie and family sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. He was a good caring person. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. May God give you peace.


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