Esther Eileen (Ditmer) Bunch

Born: Thu., Aug. 9, 1923
Died: Sun., Apr. 5, 2020

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Esther Eileen Bunch made her triumphant entry into Jesus’ presence on Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020, after a long and faithful journey as one of His servants.  She left our presence from Friends Fellowship Community, Richmond, IN after over 96 years on this earth. 

Esther was born in Cincinnati, OH, on August 9, 1923 to Walter and Mary (Hunt) Ditmer, the first of 7 children.  She graduated as salutatorian from Milton-Union High School in 1941, and later from Miami-Jacobs Business College.  She worked for Dayton Power and Light until she married Reed C. Bunch on September 1, 1951 and moved to Indiana.  He predeceased her in 1985.  Esther was raised in the Missionary Church in Ohio, and joined the Methodist Church in Spartanburg, Indiana, when she married.  There she served the Lord in various capacities, including the women’s group, Sunday School teacher, youth group counselor, and church treasurer. 

Esther and Reed raised four children, instilling in them a love for the outdoors, travel, music, reading, education, the church, and most of all our Lord and Savior Jesus.  They modeled well what a good marriage looks like.  After her children were all in school, Esther worked at Freeman’s IGA in Spartanburg, and then as school secretary at Randolph Southern Jr. High School.  She later became secretary to the school superintendent for several years until her retirement.  She moved from the farm to Friends Fellowship Community in 2004. 

Esther was deeply loved by all of her family.  She is survived by her children: Leah & Mark Anderson of Spencerville, IN, Kevin & Karen Bunch of Richmond, IN, Brian & Kendra Bunch of Delton, MI, and Jan & Julie Bunch of Matthews, IN; 8 grandchildren: Amy (Jason) Kabot, Julie (Joel) Schroeder, Jennifer (David) Evans, Taylor Bunch, Bradley Bunch, Adam (Heather) Buckland, Aaron (Berta) Buckland, and Jaime Calvillo; 10 great-grandchildren (and one soon to arrive).  She is also survived by 2 brothers; Edwin and Donald (Connie); and 2 sisters: Marilee (John) Todd and Carol Hensley Bradfield; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert (Xelda) Ditmer and James (Joanne) Ditmer; brothers-in-law, Richard Hensley, William Bradfield, and John (Geraldine & Blanche) Bunch; and sister-in-law Bernice (Virgil) McClure.

The family will have a private funeral service and burial due to current regulations in place.  The family would like to thank the staff at Friends Fellowship Community for their years of faithful care for Esther.  Memorial contributions may be made to TMS Global (formerly the Mission Society), P.O. Box 936559, Atlanta, GA 31193-6559, or to a favorite charity or ministry.

Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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Grover and Gaye Bruner
   Posted Mon April 06, 2020
We are sending our sympathy to Bunch family. We have some good memories of Esther.

Dan Mills
   Posted Mon April 06, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the family. I remember Esther from school and church. A sweet lady and wonderful family.

Linda and Gary Hood
   Posted Tue April 07, 2020
Kevin and Karen,

We know how hard it is to lose our parents regardless of age. We didn’t know Esther, but she must have been a special person to have such a kind and loving son and daughter/in-law. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

   Posted Tue April 07, 2020
I remember your Mom as being a very sweet person... She had very kind children too, as I went to school with most of you..

Sorry for your loss, but what a long life she had..

Your in our thoughts & prayers.

Rachelle & James Magee

Jean (Keesling) Lindstaedt
   Posted Tue April 07, 2020
My sympathy to Esther's family.


Donna Coppage
   Posted Tue April 07, 2020
Dear Jan, Brian, Kevin and Leah,
My memories of your mom and family go back to my preschool days, when we were neighbors. Many good memories over the years. The last time I saw Esther was at my mom’s 80th birthday celebration, more than 6 years ago. Thank you Kevin for bringing her. It was good to see you both again.
Your mom was a very sweet, kind, loving lady. She touched the lives of so many, and will be missed by all.
Much love,
Donna and David

Jerry and Regina Harris
   Posted Tue April 07, 2020
Our deepest Sympathy to the Bunch family. I was her housekeeper at Friendsfellowship I will miss greatly.

Michelle Avery
   Posted Wed April 08, 2020
I have such fond memories of your Mother attending the RSO Singers performances at Friends Fellowship. Chuck and I are thinking of you at this difficult time.

Dennis Smith
   Posted Wed April 08, 2020
Sincere sympathy in the loss of your mother! She had a long life with loving fami, blessings!

Debbie Grimme
   Posted Wed April 08, 2020
I worked with Kevin at what used to be Second National Bank in Richmond--USBank. I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. It is difficult, I know, but we have the assurance that we will see them again in heaven. Blessings!

Linda Sprunger
   Posted Thu April 09, 2020
To all of the dear Bunch family, I am sad to hear of Esther's death. However, your notes of reporting that she has entered Heaven on Palm Sunday, celebrating our Savior, lessens the sadness. I can only smile when I think of Esther--her ready smile, her directness of sharing what was on her heart memories of praying with her during TA travels, etc.. The Bunch family has blessed me in so many ways over the years and I count it a privilege to know you. Both your Mom and Dad blessed me and welcomed me into their home many times. My prayers are with you during this difficult time!

Kim Wiley Burge
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
Leah, Kevin, Brian, & Jan,

So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Many good memories of the Spartanburg days. Thoughts and Prayers with you all.

Marcia Davis Sproul
   Posted Tue April 28, 2020
So sorry to read about Your mother's passing. She was a great friend of my family and a wonderful lady. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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