C. Coleman Bunting Sr., 89, died peacefully, with family at his side, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., on Sunday June 25, 2017. He was born June 10, 1928, in Selbyville, Del., son of the late Chester F. Bunting and Marion (Lynch) Bunting.
Bunting was the valedictorian of his graduating class at Selbyville High School and a proud graduate of the University of Delaware. Throughout the years, he worked with various family-related businesses, including Morris Poultry Farm and Ideal Poultry Farm.
For a time, Bunting was the Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the State of Delaware, assisted with the operation of the Belmont Hearne Hotel and was involved in many other ventures. Although he considered himself a farmer at heart, he always showed his entrepreneurial spirit.
Over the years, he volunteered regularly for the Ocean City (Md.) Hotel Motel Restaurant Association and the Ocean City Downtown Association. He was a founding member of the Ocean City Aviation Association and held several leadership positions within the OCAA for many years. Bunting was instrumental in the establishment of the Huey Helicopter exhibit at the Ocean City Airport and spearheaded the association’s weekly fundraising breakfasts as a service to pilots.
Bunting was an active Republican and had been invited to several White House Presidential Balls. He had also been a member of the Concerned Citizens for Good Government.
In addition to his parents, Bunting was preceded in death by his son Harold Morris Bunting; his two sisters, Alma Hall and Pauline Carey; his first wife, Marie Bunting Stephens; his second wife of 25 years, Kathyrn Bunting; and his life companion of 17 years, Rose Brous. He is survived by his children, C. Coleman Bunting Jr. and his wife, Dawn, of Selbyville, Chester Bunting and his wife, Barbara, of Boulder, Colo., and Elaine Gordy and her husband, Chuck, of Salisbury, Md.; his stepchildren, Amy Rothermel and her husband, Robert, and Susan Davis and her husband, Richard, all of Ocean City; Rose’s children, Joel Brous and his wife, Christine, of Ocean City and Nick Brous of Los Angeles, Calif.; 14 grandchildren, Thomas, Dana, Daniel, Monica, Cara, Alyssa, Connor, Jonathan, William, Trey, Dryden, Hattie, George and Henry; and four great-grandchildren, Abigail, Griffin, Megan and Kyla.
A memorial service will be held at the Ocean City Airport near Ocean City, Md., on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 5 p.m. Casual attire is appropriate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ocean City Aviation Assn.; 12724 Airport Rd.; Berlin, MD 21811. Condolences may be sent online by visiting www.bishophastingsfh.com.