Welcome to the Bunkers Family Page

Updated: 10 April 2010

Bunkers Family Tree at ancestry.com by Suzane Bunkers. (Suzanne is a 3rd cousin, once removed of Jim Adams).

Suzanne Bunkers home page at Minnesota State University (Mankato). Suzanne is an English Professor at Minnesota State-Mankato and has done extensive research on German & Luxembourg emigration to the USA. She has interests in: Klein, Simon, Kokenge, Nemmers, Welter, Bunkers (Buenker), Simmerl, Hottua, Gilson, and others.

Yanceys, Booths & Beyond Family Tree at ancestry.com by Carolvc01 (goes several generations beyond Jerome Anton "Tony" Bunkers)

Bunker(s) Family Genealogy Surname Index (by Tami Bunkers Dolan) You can email her at: Tami at bunkers-dolan.com

Descendants of Hermann Dietrich "Theodore" & Elizabeth (Niegengert) Heitmeyer. They had a son, Henry Bunkers (25 Nov 1848 in Guttenberg, IA - 15 Feb 1924 in Granville, IA). He married Barbara Simmerl Youngblut (01 Jan 1856 in Oberfeulen, Luxembourg - 04 Feb 1943 in Des Moines, IA). Barbara was the daughter of Franciscus "Frank" Youngblut (1824 - 1892) & Susanna "Susan" Simmerl (1831 - 1906). had 12 children:
1. Herman Henry (14 May 1876 - 18 Jan 1936)
2. Barbara Elizabeth (11 Dec 1877 - 25 March 1915)
3. Anna Catherine (10 Oct 1879 - 29 Sep 1941)
4. John (02 May 1881 - 02 April 1954)
5. Frank Peter(16 March 1883 in New Vienna, IA - 24 Nov1926 in Granville, IA) married Lillian Welter (07 Aug 1888 in Grafton, ND - 04 Aug 1968 in Worthington, MN). They had a son, Jerome A. "T" Bunkers (16 Nov 1921 in Mahnomen, MN - 27 July 1978 in Orange City, IA).
6. Anton (31 Aug 1885 - 21 Oct 1976)
7. Joseph (18 Jan 1888 - 18 Nov 1911)
8. Frank Otto (11 March 1890 - 29 Jan 25)
9. Clara Agnes (08 April 1892 - 19 March 1933)
10. John Emil (27 June 1894 - 13 Jan 1959)
11. Elizabeth Elenora (25 Dec 1896 - 01 Sep 1971)
12. Catherine Marie Edmunda "Munda" (19 Jan 1900 - 22 May 1976)

The Bunker family reunion is held every other year in Remsen, IA.

Henry Bunkers Obituary

H. Bunkers Gone--Was 75 Years

Prominent Granville Farmer Goes to Reward-Granville News Notes

Henry Bunkers Sr., one of Granville's most respected citizens died at his home Friday afternoon Feb. 16th after an illness of several months duration. He was born at Guttenberg, Ia., 75 years ago, Nov. 25th. He was married to Barbara Simmerl at Dyersville in 1875. They came to Sioux County in 1887 locating on a farm near Alton where they lived for several years. They moved from there to a farm 2 miles northwest of Granville where they resided until 7 years ago when they moved to Granville. He is survived by his wife and ten children Henry, John and Emil of Dell Rapids, Anton of Madison, Minn., Frank of Mohnamon Minn., and Mrs. Jno. Graff, Mrs. Jos. Bachman, Miss Munda and Otto of Granville. He is also survived by a brother living in Vernon, Texas. Funeral services were held at St. Joseph's church at 9 o'clock Monday morning. Mr. Bunkers was a good husband and father and a kindly neighbor and friend and will be missed by all who knew him. All of his children were able to attend the funeral. Others from away were, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Jungbluth of Waterloo, Mrs. S. O'Connor or Washburn and H. Bunkers of Remsen.

(Tami Dolan received from Suzanne Bunkers 11 Sept 1998. Alton Democrat, 23 Feb. 1924.
Note: date of death is wrong, Feb. 16th was a Saturday.) 

Mrs. Barbara Bunkers Obituary

Funeral services for Mrs. Barbara Bunker of Granville, were held on Monday morning at 9 o'clock in St. Joseph's church. Rev. J. Dalhoff officiating.

Barbara Simmerl Bunker was born Jan. 1, 1856 in Luxemburg, Europe, and died Feb. 4 1943 at Des Moines, where she made her home with her daughter, Miss Munda Bunker since Oct. 20, 1941.

She came to this county at an early age, and on July 20, 1875 at Dyersville, Iowa she was married to Henry Bunker. They came to Granville and made their home a farm 2 miles north west of town, and lived there until 1916 when they retired and moved to town.

To this union were born twelve children, 5 surviving their mother, namely: John of Garretson, S.D., Tony of Madison, Minn. , Emil of Dell Rapds, S.D., Nora, Mrs. Joe Bachmann of Granville, and Miss Munda of Des Moines.

Mr. Bunker preceded her in death on Feb. 15. 1924. A son, Joseph died in 1911, Elizabeth in 1915, Otto in 1925, Frank in 1926, Clara, Mrs. Art Full in 1933, Henry in 1936, and Catherine, Mrs. John Graff in 1941.

She leaves the five children, 50 grand children, many great grand children, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Sophie O'Conner of Waterloo and Mrs. Suzan O'Conner of Milwaukee, Wis.

Interment was at St. Joseph's cemetery, with Rev. Clemens Knobbe and Rev. J. A. Gerlemann officiating at the grave side services.

Pall bearers were 6 grandsons namely Sgt. Robert Bachmann of Camp Crowder, Mo., Magnus (the rest of the obituary is not here).

This appeared in the Alton Democrat issue of Feb. 12, 1943.

Frank Peters Bunkers Obituary

Dropped Over Dead Result of Heart Failure While in Barn Yard.

Frank Bunkers, who was born in this community some 40 years ago, died quite suddenly at his farm home near Granville last week. Mr. Bunkers will be well remembered by his scores of friends and acquaintances in western Dubuque county, who will regret to hear of his demise. The Remsen Bell-Enterprise in its current issue says the following regarding the death of Mr. Bunkers:

Frank Bunkers, a prominent farmer in the vicinity of Granville, and a cousin of the Bunkers family of this community, died suddenly last Wednesday morning while at work about his barn yard. His death was due to heart failure. He was 44 years old, and is survived by his widow and six young children.

Mr. Bunkers had not experienced any feeling of illness until the fatal attack came. He was up early in the morning and had planned to help his neighbor shell corn that day. He went to the barn yard to drive some horses into the barn before leaving, and suddenly collapsed in the presence of two of his little boys. The lads summoned help, but Mr. Bunkers passed away before a physician arrived.

The deceased was a son of the late Henry Bunkers, who farmed near Granville for many years and who died several years ago. He was born on a farm near Dyersville, Iowa, 44 years ago, and came to Granville, with his parents, when he was still a small child. The family home has been near Granville ever since. After his marriage, Frank went to farming in Minnesota, returning to take charge of the home place after the death of his brother, Otto, two years ago. The latter died as the result of an accident while he was cutting meat at his home after butchering some hogs for family use. He accidentally inflicted a wound on himself with a knife, which caused his death a short time later.

The funeral of Frank Bunkers was held at Granville last Saturday morning, with services in St. Joseph's Catholic church, and was conducted by the Rev. Father Gerlemann.

Remsen relatives who attended the last sad rites are: Mayor and Mrs. B. Bunkers, Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Bunkers, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bunkers, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Deitering and Mrs. John T. Schultz, Mrs. John Delperdang of Oyens was also in attendance.

This appeared in the Dyersville Commercial Dec. 9, 1926 issue.