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Jul 15, 2012 9:23 PM

Dewayne Bunch Laid To Rest

School teacher and former state lawmaker Dewayne Bunch was laid to rest Sunday, a little over a year after suffering an injury while trying to break up a student fight.

Inside the Croley Funeral Home Sunday in Whitley County, tears of sadness and bewilderment. Family friend, Linda Mays says Sunday provided closure. "Dewayne's a very well-liked man. Don't know of anyone who disliked him. Never had a bad word to complain. Always a positive thinker," says Mays.

Bunch brought that outlook back to the Whitley County High School as a science and math teacher. "He didn't just sit back and say no, I'll just let this happen," remembers Mays.

In April of 2011, Bunch tried to break up a fight between two students and suffered an injury that would eventually claim his life over a year later. "He's really struggled and worked real hard to get back," says Mays. "He just lost the battle."

Danny Valentine and the Patriot Guard Riders came to join the funeral procession. It's an honor they try to do for all military veterans in Kentucky. he's retired military. He's a state representative. He's a school teacher. "The man has earned more respect around here than most," says Valentine. "And he's getting it today."

Governor Beshear ordered flags at all state buildings lowered to half-staff Sunday in Bunch's honor.

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