My dad died when I was only 7 so my memories are short, but sweet. Through the years I have pieced together some family history and I am honoring my father with a post today. He would’ve been 109 years old today! He was 57 when I was born and I was his first born.
A little piece of history on my father – his first wife was the niece of Butch Cassidy and they were married in Butch Cassidy’s fathers home. They never had children.
Born in Midway, UT to David Edwin Bunnell and Estelle Peters Bunnell, he was the first born of 10 children. My father was named Ferry E Bunnell, my mom did not know what the E stood for, but I have learned it was for Edwin, after his father. Where the Ferry came from, I do not know. I can tell you he went by Larry.
Stories from my mom tell me that on his 16th birthday he went to work in the mines in Park City, UT. Someday I hope to verify some of this. He worked odd jobs through out his job and supported our family as a dishwasher at the Denny’s in Elko, NV at one point. He died on August 4, 1970, just 4 days before my younger sister’s 4th birthday. She knew even less of our father due to lengthy stays at Shriners Hospital when she was young.
Growing up I knew my Uncle Bill Bunnell and his wife, June. I also was acquainted with my Aunt June Bunnell Walker when I was young. Imagine my surprise when I started working on my family history and found there had been many more aunts and uncles out there! In 2010 I was able to meet my Aunt Hazel and my Aunt Darlene, both have passed now. My meeting them is a life treasure! I have also met a few cousins through my research, this is quite fun! I love that Facebook in particular helps me to keep up with a few Bunnell Family happenings. I have also found Curtis and Fornia cousins out there as well, but that is story for another day!
Here are a few photos with the simple stories I know.
May you blessed this Christmas season and surrounded by those that bring you joy!