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Dustin K. Bunnell, age 29, of Jenison, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017.

The son of Lori Bunnell, he was born on June 30, 1987 in Grand Rapids. 

Dustin is survived by his mother, Lori (Andy Cal); six children, Ayden &  Brooklynn and their mother, Robyn Bunnell; Savanna and her mother, Sarah Mansfield; Hannah, Camden and Dakota and their mother, Kristina Paniccia; sister, Searra; brothers, Rob, Tre, Tyler, Chase and Michael; so many cousins who thought of Dustin as a brother; along with many nieces, nephews and his dog, Smokey. 

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 30th at Cornerstone Church, 1675 84th Street Caledonia.

In lieu of flowers please make out memorial contributions to the family for funeral expenses. 

To send a message of sympathy to the family, or sign Dustin’s online guest book, please visit: 

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 


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  1. Robin Elkins on June 27, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Dustin was such a beautiful little boy with his big blue eyes and he grew up to be an amazing best friend for CJ (lil cal). He will be truly missed by those who loved him. Prayers for the whole family.

  2. Alyssia Johnson on June 27, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    To Kristina, I’m deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I cant imagine what you must be feeling right now, but I just want you to know that I’m just a phone call away. Just know that I am here for you, please dont hesitate to call, especially during this difficult time, if you need anything or just to talk. My most sincere condolences to you and the family. Love you lots!!

  3. Kristina Paniccia on June 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    I can not believe I am even writing this right now. I am in tears trying to wrap my brain around this. I loved you as you loved me. I’ll miss you everyday that I am on this earth. I will see you again, someday. I miss you more than I can possibly explain. This pain is undescribable. I promise to try and stay as strong as I can for our two beautiful babies. They love you so much. Hannah misses her daddy. I know you miss her too. I’m trying to stay strong during this darkness but it’s so hard to live our life without you here. I know your watching over us and still protecting me like you did since we were kids. I’ll see you again and look forward to that day. Give Dakota a kiss for me. Love you always & forever.

  4. Ginger Olivas on June 27, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    I’ll always remember you as a man who seemed to always be smiling and cracking jokes to make others laugh and as an amazing dad to kids who love you dearly and as an amazing protector and provider to my best friend Kristina and a loving son to Lori. I’ll never understand what could have made you decide that you not being here was best for anyone….You couldn’t have been more wrong. You are greatly missed by so many. It’s heartbreaking to think that you felt so broken. I hope you are at peace now. I know you will watch over and take care of all your loved ones. Until we meet again…..

  5. Darcy Williamson on June 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine the pain you and your family are in right now. Your son was such a nice young man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Deb Clark on June 28, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    So Sorry for Your loss Lori, My Condolences to you and family.

  7. Cal griffes on June 28, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    I’m sure going to miss will be with me for ever little will always be my boy we have had that bond between us since that day I meant you 28 years ago now I sit here thinking how much happiness. joy and the way we looked out for each will always and forever be my you lttle brother keep a eye out for me

  8. Uncle Jim & aunt Marge on June 29, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Lori we are so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine the pain you are going through losing a child. My heart goes out to you. We don’t keep in touch every often but I got to see Dustin when he worked at koezes for a short time. It was great talking to him on our breaks.May he rest in peace.

  9. Tristin Bunnell on June 29, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Although you were my little cousin, you were way bigger than me. We always had a thing we’d say: Little Big Cousin.
    I can’t even begin to explain our relationship when we were younger. We grew up together and I always considered you my brother. We grew apart over the years, kids and work took over and we never had time to really catch up.
    I’ll always remember the times we went fishing and I would say ‘Dustin will you de-seaweed me’ or ‘bait me’….because I wouldn’t touch any of it. You always made fun of me for it. Orrr when we went camping and you pulled me on the kayaks. I always begged you to play Uno with me and even when you were tired of playing you just did it. My kids called you Uncle and they are going to miss you so much.
    I will always think about our times together, even our silly fights… I will always love you.
    You will be forever missed.
    Love Always,

  10. Yvonne kaper on June 29, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Everytime i pull into my driveway I still cant believe you are gone. We have shared so many memories these last 6 yrs being neighbors. Times of sitting on the porch talking. bon fires. beer pong. Cards. My kids talking your ear off and you just smile and listen. We miss you! RIH! Love you

  11. Sarah on June 29, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss Lori & Searra. (You’ve been my friend for xx amount of years) We didn’t speak or talk much but I knew your brother while growing up in Michigan and he was just such a amazing human being . I can only imagine the pain this has caused your family may he rest in peace…My condolences to your famil

  12. Mikyala on June 29, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Our families became one when your sister came into our lives with Jazzlynn. A blessing in disguise. Not only did I earn a neice, but a sister and a brother along with another family. Being around you joking and talking there was always something different about you. It not only drew me in, but others around you also. You were loved and needed by many. Your smile, laughter, and charm will never be forgotten. And you will be forever missed. Thank you for giving me the gift and allowing me to have another brother in my life. Love you Justin….Dustin.

  13. Tamra Baker on June 29, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    You were a great person and I am so glad I got to meet u and your family. You will be miss by so many.

  14. Ally ripley on June 29, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to my very close friend and her family… she has helped me thru alot these past months and Lori Lynn Bunnell know that I am and always will be right here for anything you need you are like a sister to me I Love Ya Rest In Paradise Dustin…

  15. Sarah Harrison on June 29, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Words cannot describe the pain I am feeling or that I am going through. You were my best friend for over 10 years, you were always there for me when I needed you and I was always there for you. You were the only man that I ever truly loved and the only man that has ever had my heart and you knew that because you felt the same about me too. I’m heart broken that our daughter Savana only got to know you and see you for only 3 months of her entire life, I wish that you could’ve stuck up and put your foot down so she could’ve known you and seen you like your other kids, but it’s ok I’m not mad I’m glad that she at least got to meet you and know you for a little bit. I can’t wait until the day I can see you again. I love you and miss you so much, and so does Savana(she has never stopped). Rest in Paradise Dustin.

  16. Tina Miles on June 29, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking and praying for you all .

  17. Tasha on June 30, 2017 at 1:20 am

    I’m not even sure where to begin. You were such an amazing person, you always knew how to make people smile no matter what the situation was. A great brother, son, dad, friend, brother in-law (so to speak) and the list goes on to describe the kind of person you were and what you ment to everyone. Stylz always knew who his uncle dustin was even if it had been a couple months or weeks between seeing you. It breaks my heart to think and know that I wont be able to see you or hear from you again but having the memories will be with me forever. You are and will be Missed so much. Until we meet again. Love you Dustin!!

  18. Staci Gepford on June 30, 2017 at 1:21 am

    6/30/17 Staci… I love Dustin I will miss you…

  19. Grandma Dawn on June 30, 2017 at 9:38 am

    You will be missed but never fogotten.

  20. Ashley on June 30, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I just want to say that I am so sorry for the family and friends of Dustin I only knew him a few months , and in that time I could see he was a great guy and very loving and caring for his family . My thoughts and prayers are with you all . I truly am so sorry .

  21. Shellie Zimmer on June 30, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    We will miss you kid… Happy birthday and rest in peace.

    Aunt Shellie

  22. Jacob amalio on June 30, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    You was like i big brother when i was young
    I’ll never forget you taking me bowling and getting me a fresh haircut
    You will be missed !

  23. Jessica Reed on July 1, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Dustins family during this time. I knew Dustin when he was in 7th grade and I was in 8th grade. He was an amazing person and someone I cared a lot about. He always knew how to make someone smile, laugh and feel important. The world will be a little duller without you here. Keep watch over all your loved ones and know that there are many here on earth that will miss you terribly.

  24. Caitlin Amalio-Herring on July 8, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Dustin there aren’t enough words to tell you how much you meant to me, or the pain I feel that your not with us. You impacted my life in so many ways you where without a doubt the best big brother a girl could dream of. The lessons you taught me still stick as an adult, and I think that’s also why I’m so hurt. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was angry because I am but I’m also angry that you even if only in that moment felt that alone, and hurt. You brought me joy I always wanted to be around you and I wanted Austin to be with his uncle Dustin. I love and miss you so much…rest I’m peace I know I’ll see you again.

  25. Chana Tambo on April 5, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Still cant belive you are gone. I think about you often and am Missing you like crazy. Wish I could text you and tell you To come outside and smoke with me. Wish I could text you just to talk about life. This summer without you will not be the same. Love you Dustin!

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