James "JJ" Bunnell
August 6, 1968 - March 4, 2020


James "JJ" Bunnell
Aug 6, 1968 - Mar 4, 2020

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James Jackson "JJ" Bunnell, age 51, of Hubbard, Iowa, and formerly of Bushkill, Pennsylvania, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa, due to complications of ALS and cancer.

Per his wishes, JJ has been cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be expressed online at

Born August 6, 1968, in East Stroudsburg, PA, James Jackson "JJ" Bunnell was the son of James Albert and Joan (Stanley) Bunnell. He grew up and received his education in Pennsylvania, graduating from East Stroudsburg High School in 1986. On March 4, 1989, he married Joann Fructhey in Stroudsburg, PA. The couple was blessed with two children, Jonathan and Jacquelyn. In 2014, they settled in Iowa.

JJ was a hard worker who provided well for his family. Over the years, he was employed in various capacities, including construction, as a heavy equipment operator, and as an over-the-road truck driver. He was knowledgeable and quick-witted and loved trucks, motorcycles, tractors, logging, hunting and woodcrafting. He volunteered on the Bushkill Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife, Joann of Hubbard; children Jonathan Bunnell of East Stroudsburg, PA, and Jacquelyn Bunnell of Bradenton, FL; his father, Jim Bunnell of East Stroudsburg, PA; mother, Joan (Dick) Merring of Englewood, FL; a brother, Craig (Stephanie) Bunnell of East Stroudsburg, PA; two nieces and other extended family members.

Ames Monument & Cremation center has been entrusted with the care of JJ and his family.


Tom Cotton on Mar 6, 2020

Condolences to J.J.'s family and friends for his passing. J.J. was always a man of integrity and duty - he will be missed.

John Van Buskirk on Mar 6, 2020

Sorry for your loss! JJ was a good man. R.I.P my friend, until we meet again. Always a friend in my book.

Lavern & Judy Maisel on Mar 5, 2020

You both have been such good friends of us since we met at "Casey's". Special times will be remembered and treasured for years to come. Prayers to you and yours. Love, L & J

Robert and Iris Esenberg on Mar 5, 2020

Nothing we say can ease the pain the family and friends of JJ are feeling at this sad time. But, the love and caring of others can surround those in morning with the strength to bear the pain heavy on their hearts. We are keeping the family and friends in our thoughts and pray for the Lord to hold each of you in the palm of His hand and hold you with His grace and mercy. We send you our sympathy and love. Robert & Iris Esenberg

Tim Lindaman on Mar 4, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed the times JJ and I talked. He will be missed.

Sheila Rohner on Mar 4, 2020

How I wish that there was something I could do or say to ease your pain. Trust in the Lord that you will one day all be together once again.

Deb Stolee on Mar 4, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Hope you can feel our hugs.
Tom & Deb Stolee

Kathy LaNeve on Mar 4, 2020

JJ you always came into True Value and we always talked. Joanne and kid's so sorry for your loss.

Gerrit Williams on Mar 4, 2020

I remember JJ when he was still in high school and we were playing football at the old Bushkill school yard. He was a great guy, didn't know him other than his affiliation with Leroy and Rick George. I wish the best to the family, those who are closest to him and miss him with all your heart. I pray God will give you comfort and peace during this time

Elaine Law on Mar 4, 2020

I’ve known JJ since we were kids. He has always been a great guy and friend. My deepest condolences to the family. Fly high JJ.



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