Noel K. Bunyan, of Amarillo, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at the age of 71, after a year-long battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
Noel was born on November 29, 1949, in Wichita, Kansas, to parents Orville Leon Bunyan and Margaret Ann Kelley Bunyan. He moved to Amarillo in the sixth grade, where he attended Crockett Junior High and Tascosa High School. He loved football, baseball, camping, and fishing. He had an amazing group of high school friends with whom he was still close when he died. After graduating from West Texas A&M University, he worked for Foremost McKesson, before becoming an Investment Banker.
In 1968, he married the love of his life, Janet Steiner Bunyan. They were inseparable for more than 50 years. He was the father to three “Daddy’s girls,” and loved being a Poppo to his seven grandchildren. He coached his daughters while they were in sports, and never missed a single event for his children or grandchildren. He prioritized his faith and family, always putting them first.
Noel was an avid fisherman, who enjoyed traveling to the mountains to camp and fish. He collected hats and could usually be found wearing a Nautica t-shirt.
Noel was an extremely hard worker who instilled an attitude of determination in his children and grandchildren. He was a light in the life of everyone he met. He had an amazing sense of humor and could find joy in any situation. He loved joking around and laughing with his family and friends. He was the glue that held our family together, showing us what was truly important in this life.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Margaret Bunyan, and his sister, Cheryl Bunyan Burch.
He is survived by his wife, Janet; three children, Michelle Ard and husband David, of Round Rock, Alison Ferro and husband Thomas, of Amarillo, and Ashley Choate and husband Joshua, of Keller; and seven grandchildren, Addison Noel Ard, Alexander Ard, Jacob Ferro, Mollie Ferro, Sophie Ferro, Campbell Choate, and Bennett Choate. He is also survived by his brother, Greg Bunyan of Amarillo.
There will be a celebration of his life, with a memorial service, and reception to follow, on January 15, 2021, at 2:00 pm, at Faith Southwest UMC, 4415 Wesley Rd.
The family encourages donations be made to Encompass Hospice at: https://encompasscares.org/?page_id=51; or to The Lewy Body Dementia Association at: https://www.lbda.org/donate/
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