Keith M. Bunting, Sr. – Captain, United States Navy

Keith M. Bunting Sr., 66, a retired Navy Captain who had been a project manager with Computer Sciences Corp. in Northern Virginia since 1984, died December 27, 2002, at his home in Herndon, Virginia. He had a heart ailment.

Captain Bunting, who had lived in Herndon for 26 years, was a Philadelphia native. He was a 1958 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and had attended the Naval Submarine School.

He spent the bulk of his career aboard destroyers and submarines, including a tour from 1973 to 1976 as commanding officer of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile Abraham Lincoln.

He served in the office of the chief of naval operations from 1976 to 1980. He was assigned to the Office of Strategic Systems Project Plans and Programs when he retired from active duty in 1984.

Captain Bunting had been a volunteer coach and referee with Herndon Youth Soccer and a U.S. Soccer Federation volunteer. He also had served as deputy state administrator for the Virginia Soccer Referee Association and was a member of the Herdon Optimists.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Bonnie N., of Herndon; two sons, Kevin, of Charleston, S.C., and Keith Jr., of Brooklyn, N.Y.; three daughters, Kristen Bunting of Charleston, and Kerrie Wilson and Kathryn Bunting, both of Herndon; two sisters; and eight grandchildren.

BUNTING, KEITH M., Capt, USN, (Ret.)

On Friday, December 27, 2002. KEITH M. BUNTING of Herndon, VA. Beloved husband of 43 years to Bonnie Bunting; devoted father of Kerrie Wilson and her husband, Richard of Herndon, VA, Keith Bunting, Jr. and Vanessa Gutierrez of Brooklyn, NY, Kevin Bunting and his wife, Toni of Charleston, SC, Kathryn Bunting and her husband, Jeff of Herndon, VA and Kristen Bunting and fiance, Jeremy Mattice of Charleston, SC. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Sarah and Christopher Wilson, Joshua, Justin, Jessie and Jane Bunting and Samuel Krauss.

A 1958 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years in destroyers and submarines and as Commander of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, SSBN. 

A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. On Tuesday, December 31 at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St., Herndon, VA. Burial service to take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Reston Interfaith.

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