Ronald K. Bunten M.D., 75, died peacefully January 28, 2011, in Maui, Hawaii, after a sudden illness.
Ron was born in Des Moines January 27, 1936, to J. Keith and Lucille Bunten. He graduated from East High School in Des Moines, then the University of Iowa, where he earned his undergraduate and M.D. degrees. He interned at Broadlawns Hospital, and in 1961, became a Naval Flight Surgeon based in Florida. Upon discharge, he returned to the U. of I. to finish his orthopaedic residency. He was a founding member of Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons and finished his career as an Adjunct Professor of Orthopaedics at the V.A. Hospital in Des Moines, where he enjoyed teaching the next generation of orthopaedic physicians. He loved flying, playing piano, traveling, fishing, learning about technology, laughing and being with his family.
He is preceded in death by his father, and survived by his mother, Lucille Bunten of Des Moines; his sister, Janet Bobenhouse of Chesterfield, MO; his wife, Diana Bunten of Des Moines; four children, Barbara Hoffman of Grimes, Brian K. Bunten of Des Moines, Amy Dougherty of Urbandale, and Carol Bunten of Portland, OR, and step-daughter Anne Spellman of Des Moines; nine grandchildren, Brecca, Jon, Nate, Kaylen, Margo, Eli, Martin, Paul and Benjamin; and two nephews, Doug and Brad Bobenhouse.
The visitation is from 10 to 12 p.m., Thursday, February 3, 2011, with a service to follow at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Des Moines Symphony, Iowa Public Radio, or Iowa Public Television.