would have thrown himself into the many movements and have pushed with all his might for the advancement of progress. Even so he lived a life with a purpose, both during the pioneer and the long transitory period that followed to the early beginning of the modern period ushered in at the turn of the current century. He belonged to the last generation of pioneers in Illinois.
When death came at the age of seventy-three, he was greatly
missed by his family, relatives, and a large circle of friends
extending over many miles- This fact is cited in a letter of
sympathy written by his Congressman Martin D. Foster, to the
writer's mother upon learning of the death. The original letter
is currently in the valued old family letter file belonging to
William Benton Bunn, Jr.
House of Representatives
Mrs. Benton Bunn
Dear Mrs. Bunn:
I have learned through the papers of the death of Mr. Bunn. I am sincerely sorry to heat of his passing away and offer you my sympathy in your trouble. I have known Mr. Bunn for many years and he was always one of my good friends. It was always a great pleasure for me to be with him. We cannot afford to lose such good men. With regards I remain,
As I draw to a close this meager chapter relating to my dear father, Ido so in the spirit expressed through the beautiful' verse uttered by poet Samuel T. Coleridge as he said:
"How well he fell asleep
1/ Donald Crocker, pastor of the First Methodist Church,
Champaign Illinois, 1954.