Dr. Stanley Christian Bungard


March 19, 1921 - November 15, 2012

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Dr. Stanley Christian Bungard passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 91 years of age. Dr. Bungard was a long-time resident of the Walla Walla valley as well as his wife Marjorie (1921-2009). A retired physician, Dr. Bungard worked at both Walla Walla General Hospital and the VA Medical Center. Surviving Stanley Bungard are his four daughters: Karen Bungard, Marcia Anspach, Janet Wallenkampf, and Susan Bungard; his brother, Dr. Raymond Bungard, age 92, of Boise, Idaho. Other remaining family members include: grandchildren Julie Anspach, Dane Joers, Eric Anspach, and Karl Wallenkampf; one great-grandchild, Malin Anspach; sons-in-law Terry Anspach and Victor Wallenkampf; nephews Jim Bungard, Robert Bungard, Brent Bungard; great-niece Rebecca Bungard and great-nephew James Bungard.

Stanley Bungard was born on March 19, 1921 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to Senius and Martine Bungard, immigrants from Denmark. He spent his childhood and youth in Port Angeles, Washington. After graduating from Auburn Adventist Academy , Stanley attended Walla Walla College. During the summers, Stanley and Raymond worked in logging camps in the Pacific Northwest. While attending Walla Walla College, he met the vivacious Marjorie (Wilcox). His college years were interrupted by World War II, when he served his country as a medic. When Stanley returned from the army, he married Marjorie and finished his pre-medical degree at WWC. He then attended and graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1952. He opened a private practice with his brother in Stayton, Oregon, followed by a general surgery residency at the Veterans Hospital in Oakland, CA. He practiced general surgery in Sacramento, California where he, Marjorie, and their four daughters enjoyed living for 13 years.

Stanley and Marjorie returned to the Northwest in 1977, Stanley worked at Walla Walla General Hospital and then the VA Medical Center until his retirement at the age of 80. Stanley and Marjorie, devoted members of the Walla Walla University Seventh-day Adventist Church, appreciated the variety of musical concerts offered at WWU as well as Whitman College and the Walla Walla Symphony. Their lives were full of warm friendships and associations, for which they were very grateful.

Dr. Bungard, a consummate gentleman, was a well-respected and dedicated physician. He loved the practice of medicine, particularly the challenge of making difficult diagnoses, taking thorough histories, and the satisfaction of performing successful operations on countless patients.

Most of all, Stanley loved his family. He was a committed provider, protector, husband and father, exemplifying honor, integrity, and compassion. He showed unfailing devotion to his daughters to the end. All of them have special memories of the continual support and interest he showed in their lives.

Stanley’s other interests included music, photography, and reading. He loved listening to piano and string music, especially Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Vivaldi. He enjoyed photography, preserving on film his daughters as they grew up as well as the beauties and intricacies of nature. His love for words was manifested by the ability to be a “walking dictionary,” providing definitions and spellings for virtually any word. After retirement, Stanley became interested in artisan bread baking as well as gourmet vegetarian cooking, much to the surprise and delight of his family.

Stanley Christian Bungard was a man of integrity in his work, his family, and his life. One of his favorite Scriptures was Micah 6:8, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Stanley fell asleep peacefully in the arms of the Lord. His family misses him more than words can say and looks forward to reuniting with him for eternity.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Walla Walla University SDA Church Student Aid Fund or the Loma Linda University School of Medicine Centennial Tuition Endowment Fund.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, November 25, 2012, at Walla Walla University Church Heubach Chapel. Mountain View –Colonial DeWitt is assisting the family with arrangements.