|December 22, 2014
Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that
opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to
felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of
voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly
silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."
December 15th, I was sitting here doing something on my
website, when out the blue came a mental 'post-it-note'. As
I get older, I get these often, usually one will pop-up in
my brain to say "I left the water running!"
or "I forgot the pizza in the oven!" We
all get these, but this was different.
of nowhere, the mental alarm said "Whatever
happened to Bob Bunger?" Strange, I worked with Bob
over 20 years ago, and haven't seen or talked to him since
leaving the bank in 1993, but for some reason, I was
suddenly wondering about him.
Bob was a bright
young local fellow hired by the bank to work at our Milaca,
Minnesota office. He was one of those people you liked to
hire, being a popular local guy with a lot of friends and
Banking is one of those business
where almost everyone, other than the support staff, comes
from the outside and are never really accepted by the
community. I sure knew that, having worked at several small
town banks over a 35 year career. I remember a bank Board of
Directors meeting in International Falls, Minnesota back in
1980, when a sizable new loan was being discussed for
someone the bank had not previously dealt with. One director
asked "Is this fellow from here?" Another
director chimed in, "Well, he came here after the
war, (meaning World War II) but he's not from here."
I didn't work with Bob on a daily basis, we would be in
meetings together, I saw him regularly, and he was always
very pleasant. We didn't socialize, I'd never been to his
home, and I don't think I ever met his wife. I have no idea
what he thought of me, but I liked Bob, as everyone else
21 years have passed without contact at all,
I've never run into him, and I seldom get to up to Milaca,
15 miles away, other than to renew my drivers license there
every four years.
So, why did I suddenly become
concerned about him on December 15, 2014?
Union-Eagle on December 19, 2014 at 9:00 am
Funeral services for Robert Bob Bunger, age
54, of Milaca, will be held on Saturday, December 20,
2014 at Milaca United Methodist Church with Rev. Joyce
Slostad officiating. Arrangements by
Funeral Home of Milaca .
passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014. With deep
regret, Bob leaves behind the joys of his life
wife, Marsha (Jacobsen); son, James; and daughter,
Annie. He is immeasurably proud of what wonderful people
his children have become. James is a graduate of the
College of St. Scholastica and launching a successful
business career, while Annie is a freshman at Hamline
University with a world of adventure ahead for her. Bob
is forever grateful for the love and support of Marsha
over their 26-plus years of marriage.
born on March 26, 1960 to Rich and Bette (Odegard)
Bunger in Princeton, MN. He graduated from Princeton
High School in 1978 and went on to earn a bachelors
degree from Macalester College and an MBA from the
University of St. Thomas. He is a member of the Milaca
United Methodist Church. His professional career
included time with Bob Bungers Better Bunnies,
political staff positions, the University of Minnesota
Foundation, First National Bank of Milaca, Princeton
Bank, independent consulting, and, finally, co-founder
and principal of HBH Consultants for the past 17 years.
He wishes to thank his past and present colleagues with
HBH, including Dayton D. Hultgren, Dianne T. McCarthy,
Katrina Pierson, and Amy Nord. He especially wants to
extend his gratitude to the firms clients who in
many cases have become dear friends over the years.
One of Bobs favorite hobbies was taking
photos of Milaca school activities especially
sporting events and posting the images online for
participants and their families to view and download. In
addition to his wife and children, Bob is survived by
his parents of Princeton/Milaca; his brother, Bill, and
wife Chris of Cloquet; mother-in-law, Pearl Jacobsen of
Milaca; along with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces,
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