Robert L. Bunting Sr., tile setter, dies

Veteran who fought at Iwo Jima was wounded and later became a tile setter

  • Robert L. Bunting
Robert L. Bunting
April 29, 2011|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun

Robert L. Bunting Sr., a veteran of World War II who was wounded at Iwo Jima and later became a tile setter, died of lung disease April 17 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in downtown Baltimore. He was 87 and lived in Hamilton.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Forrester Avenue, he attended a public vocational school and assembled aircraft at the old Glenn L. Martin plant in Middle River.

He joined the Marine Corps during World War II and served in the Pacific. He was wounded in the left arm during the Battle of Iwo Jima and spent two years at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He received a Purple Heart.

After the war, he worked for local contractors as a tile setter. He retired about 15 years ago.

Mr. Bunting enjoyed sports and attending Orioles games. He was a member of the Church of the Open Door in Westminster.

Private services were held April 22 at the Veterans Cemetery at Garrison Forest.

Survivors include a son, Robert L. Bunting Jr. of Pasadena; a daughter, Carol A. Goettner of Lineboro; a sister, Lola Mae Hill of Bel Air; and two grandsons. His wife of nearly 40 years, Helen Marie Osborne, died in 1983.

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