In memory of Robert H. Bunker
It is not very often that one crosses paths with someone they can truly
call a friend and admire. To me, Robert (Bob) H. Bunker, who died on
September 25, 2002, was one of those people. He was also the father of two
of my students, Mark and Cindy Bunker. In many ways, Bob is a wonderful
role model, and I want to share some of those ways with you.
For the last 16 years of his life, before being diagnosed with cancer, he
served as an instructor at the Topeka Association for Retarded Citizens.
The clients there grew very attached to Bob, I�m sure partly because he
treated them with the same respect and sensitivity he would show towards
anyone. He made them feel that they had the potential to contribute to
society just like everyone else and took the time to help them work
towards that goal. They knew he cared about them.
Bob had more integrity, morals, and ethical values than most people I have
ever known. I never heard him say a bad word about anyone. Bob gave people
the benefit of the doubt and never chose to judge others. He stuck to his
values, and did not let others influence him into sacrificing them in
order to join the majority. He respected everyone as an individual and
accepted their flaws.
In addition to his compassion for people, Bob had an unconditional love
for nature. Even though he could never live in the mountains like he
dreamed, he appreciated every plant, every animal, and treated it with
respect and care whenever possible.
Besides being a martial artist (he achieved his brown belt in Kaju
(Hawaiian) Kempo and trained in Tai Chi ), I found similarities between
Bob and me. Being a Qigong Master, I love and care for every living thing.
Being an Ex-Rotarian, I keep practicing "Service Above Self". I
have been serving at the Chinese School Of Greater Kansas City as their
Kung-Fu/Taiji teacher for a little more than 10 years. I also taught
developmentally-challenged students at U.M.K.C. While taking care of
people is my business, Bob did a great job at helping people to a very
For all of these reasons and more, I believe Bob's spirit is in very good
hands. We Miss You Bob! Wish you get your reward in Heaven!
Randy K. Li