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Lawrence Bunston

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Lawrence William Bunston age 86 of Ionia, IA died Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center -- North Iowa in Mason City, IA. Lawrence William Bunston was born January 2, 1930 in rural Howard County, IA, the son of Stephen and Martha (Lubbert) Bunston. He attended country schools in Howard County. Lawrence started training in the St. Paul, MN area to become a linesman and an arborist at a young age. After his training he was hired by Black Hawk County before going to work for Iowa Electric Light and Power as a foreman. He met the love of his life, Vera, at a dance in Powersville. The couple was married on October 19, 1951 in Preston, MN. The couple later settled down in Charles City and Lawrence started his own company, Little Cedar Log and Lumber. After some years in Charles City they moved to Ionia. Lawrence retired in 1992. Working was Lawrence’s favorite thing to do. He had an incredible work ethic. Running the sawmill was one of his favorite hobbies along with going hunting. Lawrence is survived by his wife Vera of Ionia, IA; three sons, Larry Bunston of Ionia, IA, Steven Bunston of Charles City, IA, Darrin Bunston of Charles City; one daughter, Barbara Bunston of Charles City, IA; eleven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; three brothers; one sister. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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  1. Lawrence has been the oldest member of the Reece Reunion Family for years and always received the ‘Oldest Male’ certificate. He could probably wall paper a small room! And he always seemed to be able to eat more than most at our reunion meals and never looked like he gained a pound! He especially loved Vera’s cream puff dessert (so did everyone else!) He always said he had to wait for the reunion to get some!! We will miss his smile and presence at our reunions. God bless you, Vera. Judy Kilzer

  2. He was the best great grandpa anyone could ever ask for I so glad I got to grow up with him and sure all those good laughs. I’ll never forget that thanksgiving that you tried to teach me how to drive the log truck. You will forever be missed great grandpa and I will also never forget that big smile on your face when you met your great great grandson for the very first time. My thoughts and prayers go out to the rest of our family. I love and miss you great grandpa Bunston

  3. Lawrence used to haul are car body’s at Herman’s auto salvage. To Waterloo. N calamity Jane. The rustiest truck I ever road n.lol she was dependable old truck. Got to know him well. Hard core hard worker and was always on time. Rip old friend. Till I c u again

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