Robert “Bob” Lynn Bunch Jr. passed away peacefully at home with his wife at his side on Feb. 15, 2020, in Livermore, California. Born June 23, 1935, in Fisher, Illinois, Bob was the only child of Ethel Inez and Robert L. Bunch Sr., both deceased.
Math and science were always intriguing subjects for Bob. A hands-on learner, his love of mechanics and how things worked led him to an engineering career with Caterpillar. Retiring early, Bob embraced his passion for trains of all sizes. He helped oversee the train transport of rockets from factory to NASA launch sites, as well as private railroad car hosting. He also participated in many model-train endeavors, including the Alameda County Central Railroad Society, which maintains two layouts at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.
Square dancing for 40 years, Bob became a popular caller for groups. That led to a cameo in the closing credits of the film “Grandview USA” in 1984.
Bob leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Mary Jeanne Bunch; his daughter, Debra Jeanne Filomeo; his youngest son, Stephen Kenneth Bunch; 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Two sons, Charles Lee Bunch and David Allen Bunch, preceded him in death.
There will be a gathering of family and friends at 10 a.m., on Saturday, March 28, at the Unitarian Universal Church in Livermore. In lieu of flowers, the family is encouraging donations to a local food pantry or homeless shelter.