Delos G. Bunce

By on July 9, 2009

Delos G. Bunce, 86, of Aurora, passed away July 2, 2009, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, surrounded by the love of his family and now reunited with the love of his life, Vivian, who died in June of this year.

He was born Aug. 22, 1922, in Artesian, S.D., the son of Arthur and Gretta (Hess) Bunce.

He attended local schools in his hometown of Artesian and continued in Kaneville when the family settled there in 1937.

He married his sweetheart Vivian Harrett in 1941 and spent the next 68 years of memories with each other, side by side.

Shortly after his marriage, Delos began serving his country in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1944.

Upon return to civilian life, Delos and Vivian made their home in Montgomery before moving to Lasher Road and finally settling in Aurora in 1973.

He began his working life as an electrician and worked several jobs before landing at Durabilt Manufacturing where they made farm equipment and school desks. They retooled during the war so they could manufacture parts to support the troops. Later he worked for St. Charles Kitchens as a maintenance man before rising to the rank of Maintenance Supervisor by the time he retired 37 years later.

He was a faithful member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church and the Kane County Farm Bureau.

Delos was a perfectionist. If he worked on something, you could be sure it was done right. He was a dependable man with a strong work ethic that he instilled in his children. He loved a good joke and could entertain others when he played his harmonica and spoons. He was especially gifted in the kitchen, on the grill and he only got better with age. Delos reminisced to his children about his younger years spent during the Dust Bowl era in South Dakota when he had to tie a rope from the house to the barn so he wouldn’t get lost, especially when the dust piled high like snow and covered the fence posts. Delos had immense pride in his family and often praised them as they grew up. Those times will now echo through the generations as he lives on in their memory.

He now leaves two children, Garry (Linda) Bunce of Elburn and Lavonne (Phil) Mahan of Aurora; one special daughter-in-law, Joyce Bunce of Aurora; six grandchildren, Deanna (Karl) Martinek, Connie (Tod) Parish, Christine (Bill) Martin and Lisa (Hank) Guerette all of Aurora, John (Leah) Bunce of Montgomery, and Stephen (Becky) Scheidt of Plano; 10 great-grandchildren Shane (Amanda) Powell, Cami Powell, Megan Parish, Nicholas Parish, Alex Martin, Sam Martin, Jacob Bunce, Joesett Guerette, Joseph Scheidt and Sarah Scheidt; and a family of friends.

He now joins his parents, wife Vivian, son Larry Bunce, one grandson Jeremy Mahan, and a great-grandson Erin Martinek, who preceded him in death.

All services will be private family-only.

A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the “Delos Bunce Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at