Leona Irene Bunch died on September 26, 2018 at Countryside Nursing Home in South Haven. She was born at home in Casco Township on September 9, 1927. Her parents were Leo and Lillian (Hutton) Decker. As a child, Leona attended Crow School, liked to ride horses, and farm with her father. She graduated from South Haven High School in 1943, and then worked at McGuire Coffee Company, and later at Vic Nolan Tax Service. Leona enjoyed singing with a barbershop quartet called the Step Sisters.
She married and had son Jeff in 1951. She later married Jack Bunch and had son Brian in 1960. She was an Air Force wife, and they lived in many places including Kansas City, Missouri and Livonia, Michigan. After military life, they retired to South Haven and their blueberry farm. She loved nothing more than driving the blueberry harvester, and did that until she was 70. Leona was an active member of Michigan Blueberry Growers Association from 1946 to 1998.
Leona and Jack were members of the South Haven Country Club. Leona was active in the women's league, and in June of 1998 achieved the golfer's dream of a hole in one. She also enjoyed dancing at Shriner events and participating in Air Force Thunderbird activities. Leona was also a member of the Casco United Methodist Church and sang in the choir.
Surviving are her sister Roberta Newton; sons: Jeff (Linda) Bunch from Allegan and Brian (Jane) Bunch from Grosse Pointe Woods; grandchildren: Justin (Brittany), Nick (Jessica), Matt, Eric, and Andrew; great grandchildren: Mason and Jaxton; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and her faithful dog Honey.
She was preceded in death by her husband and love of her life Jack Bunch and her brother Robert Decker.
Visitation will be at Filbrandt Funeral Home in South Haven on Friday, September 28th from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. A viewing will be held at the Casco United Methodist Church (880-66th Street, South Haven) on Saturday morning, September 29th from 10:00 to 11:00, a service will follow. Burial will be at Stephenson Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in Leona's memory are asked to consider, South Haven Al-Van Humane Society or the Casco United Methodist Church.