Dr Rollin Havilla Bunch

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Dr Rollin Havilla Bunch

  • Birth Dec 1881 Delaware County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 9 Dec 1948 Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, USA
  • Plot Section A, Lot 101
  • Memorial ID 66304820

Born in Geneva, Indiana.
Married Ruth Racer on 12-26-1902 while still in medical school.
Served as Mayor of the City of Muncie, Indiana 1914-1919, and 1935-1939.

Funeral services for Dr. Rollin H. Bunch, 67, former mayor of Muncie and an outstanding figure in Democratic politics here for more than 35 years, will be conducted at 10:30 o'clock Monday morning at the St. John's Universalist Church by the Rev. Arthur W. McDavitt. Burial will be in Beech Grove Cemetery. The body will be removed from the Stephens funeral home to the residence, 400 East Jackson street, where friends may call after 2 o'clock this afternoon. Friends may also call at the church on Monday one hour before the services.

Active pallbearers will be William C. Connolly, Jr., city controller; Frank Massey, former chief of police; Harry Kleinfelder, former city councilman; and C.H. Stetham, William M. Holman and Walter Nelson.

Honorary pallbearers will include Mayor Lester E. Holloway; Ora T. Shroyer, building commissioner; Arthur K. Meeker, former city engineer; Hubert L. Parkinson, former city controller; August R. Felix, former city policeman; Marshall Hanley, city attorney; Claude (Hope) Mullen, police sergeant; Dr. J.S. Laduron and Thad Wilson, longtime personal friends of Dr. Bunch and all members of the city council.

Coroner Eugene Eissman said yesterday that an autopsy revealed that Dr. Bunch died of a coronary attack and that the injuries to his head and chest were inflicted when he fell against a bedside table when he suffered the seizure. The examination revealed also, the coroner said, that he had suffered other coronary attacks.

The body was found alongside the bed by Leo Voisard, his confidant and probably most intimate friend, who had been summoned to the home by Mrs. Ada Scott, housekeeper for Dr. Bunch, who was unable to gain entrance. It was estimated that he had been dead at least three hours.

Capt. Paul Hannan yesterday spoke of the friendship Dr. Bunch had for the members of Company G, 152d Indiana infantry who were all recruited from Muncie and Delaware County, and who served on the Mexican border in 1916 and during World War I.

At the beginning of World War I, Dr. Bunch was serving his first term as mayor of Muncie and he personally headed a committee that raises several hundred dollars for the company's mess fund. He visited Company G when it was on duty at East Chicago and at Camp Shelby, Miss., during its training.

He went to Camp Mills, N.Y., to bid his brother, Capt. Fred Bunch of the 152nd Infantry Medical Corps, good-bye and to wish Company "G" members a proud farewell.

"Since World War I Dr. Bunch had been a true friend to all the veterans of Company G, aiding them when misfortune overtook them providing many with jobs or medical treatment during the years of the depression," Captain Hannan said. "Many times he gave to these persons from his own personal resources. He was never too busy to take time with the members of old Company G to give them good advice or to help them with their problems.

"Because of his patriotic effort and interest in Muncie's one military unit and in memory of his brother, Capt. Fred Bunch, and his brother's commendable service during World War I, members of old Company G presented Dr. Bunch with an honorary membership in the Last Man's Club, formed of the men who served in Company G. Dr. Bunch had always taken a personal and active part in the aims of the club. We will miss his kindness and his sincere comradeship."

THE MUNCIE STAR, Saturday, December 11, 1948

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 66304820
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Rollin Havilla Bunch (Dec 1881–9 Dec 1948), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66304820, citing Beech Grove Cemetery, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Jane (contributor 47242360) .