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Lyle Bunnis

July 9, 1944-May 22, 2009

Lyle J. Bunnis, 64, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, May 22, 2009 at 308 W. Union St. in Detroit Lakes, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Lyle John Bunnis was born to John and Elsie (Johnson) Bunnis on July 9, 1944 in Detroit Lakes, where he was raised and educated. He attended the Detroit Lakes Business College, 1962-64. In October 1966, Lyle married Karen Knutson in Detroit Lakes. They later divorced.

During his working life, Lyle worked for Kandt Motors, Norseman Motors, was a welder at Marine Innovations, operated his own truck line and owned and operated a service station on the north side of Detroit Lakes.

Lyle enjoyed fishing, horseback riding, motorcycling, snowmobiling, auto sales, tinkering, hunting, picking mushrooms and his dogs, Snickers, Carmello and Sparky.

Surviving Lyle are his four sons, Scott, Mark (Kyla), Daniel (Jane) and Chris (Jessica), all of Detroit Lakes; 10 grandchildren; and his special friend, DeAnn McWethy of Detroit Lakes. Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers, Donald and Vern.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes; visitation continues for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 at Bakke Lutheran Church, rural Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Greg Anderson officiating. Interment will be in Bakke Lutheran Cemetery.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at