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George Horace Bundy

July 3, 1913 - September 6, 2011

Capt. George “Hap” Bundy passed away September 6, 2011 after faithfully serving his country, community and family with honor. Born July 3rd, 1913 in Jersey City, New Jersey he received the nickname “Hap” as he was always a happy boy. His positive outlook and attitude were pervasive throughout his 98 years. Hap was an o…read more

Capt. George “Hap” Bundy passed away September 6, 2011 after faithfully serving his country, community and family with honor. Born July 3rd, 1913 in Jersey City, New Jersey he received the nickname “Hap” as he was always a happy boy. His positive outlook and attitude were pervasive throughout his 98 years. Hap was an outstanding athlete and a natural leader at Bogota High School where he captained the football and basketball teams to city honors and was also an outstanding member of the swimming and diving teams. After high school, Hap played semi-pro football and basketball and was a lifeguard at the local pool. An amazing athlete who could sink consecutive free-throws with “nothing but net” well into his 80’s. Hap enlisted in the Army and trained with the 10th Mountain Division ski troops at Fort Hale Colorado and was later assigned to the 38th Regiment of the 2nd Infantry (Indianhead) Division where his leadership abilities served him well as Company Commander. During the “Battle of the Bulge”, Capt. Bundy’s Company secured the twin towns of Krinkelt and Rocherath. The initial days of “The Bulge” were fierce and at times fighting was house to house. During that time his Company knocked out 15 enemy tanks. 10 Days later, his Company was ordered to defend the Elsenborn Ridge, a key position that helped contain the German offensive. After “The Bulge” his Company continued to push the Germans eastward towards the Rhine. On March 23, 1945 while crossing over the Weid River (a tributary of the Rhine) Capt. Bundy was wounded by an incoming German 88 shell. In his field diary that day he wrote “I got my ticket home: His Purple Heart ticket home was 10 months at Valley Forge Hospital undergoing dozens of operations to remove the shrapnel in his leg followed by months of extensive physical therapy. Honored to serve the country he loved so well, his graded performance on the Army’s Form 676-1 recorded 10 E’s (Excellent) with the final category as SUP (Superior); a reflection of his lifelong commitment to doing what was right and doing it well. He retired from the military as a Captain in January of 1946. Hap had an extremely unique work background. As a boy he helped deliver ice by horse drawn wagon. As a young man he sold insulation door to door for Johns Manville in Boise Idaho and later worked for Ruthrauff & Ryan – an advertising agency in New York City. It was after the war that Hap utilized his leadership skills as the Sales Manager for International House of Paper and American Greetings. It was then he decided to change course and followed his desire to move his family to California where he struck out on his own. He established Hap Bundy and Associates representing various manufacturers to major retail outlets throughout the retail market industry. Hap continued his enterprise with gusto into his 70’s when he began to wind down for his second retirement and spend more time with family and friends which were near and dear to his heart. Hap embraced his friends and community fully. He enthusiastically belongs to the Neighborhood Church where he served as an Elder and Usher for many years. As a long standing resident of Palos Verdes Estates, Hap was a member of the PV Breakfast Club where he served on numerous committees, elected President and was the perennial favorite raconteur kicking off the baseball season with his memorable rendition of “Casey at the Bat”. Hap was preceded in death by his wife Grace, and is survived by his loving children, Lynn, Jeff and Bill; 6 Grandchildren, Meagan, Bryan (deceased), Emily, Andrew, David and Chad and 4 Great Grandchildren, Sammy (deceased), Makaylee, Elizabeth and Lilly Grace. Memorial Services will be held at The Neighborhood Church at 415 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, CA on October 14, 12:00 p.m. Family assisted by A. M. Gamby Funeral Home.

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