Corn 03

Robert Guy Buntin

February 14, 1940 ~ May 5, 2021 (age 81)


Robert Guy “Bob” Buntin, age 81, of Thompsonville, passed away at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at the TriStar Centennial Medical Center of Nashville, TN.

Mr. Buntin's wishes were to be cremated.

Memorial Celebration of Life Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Greg Shelton officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.  Burial will be in the Knob Prairie Cemetery; at a future date. Masonic Rites will be observed at 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Leffler Funeral Home.

We ask everyone attending the services to be considerate of others and to practice social distancing. We are limited to 50 people in our funeral home at a time, masks are required. If you are sick, please stay at home.

Bob was born on February 14, 1940 in Akin, Illinois, the son of Buel Samuel Buntin and Helen E. (Dillon) Buntin.  He married the former Marjorie Ann Lochhead on June 30, 1962, and together they shared 58 years of marriage before her death on August 7, 2020.

He was an owner/partner of Buntin Farms.

Bob had an Associates Degree as a Dental Tech. It was during this time in his life when he met the Love of His Life, Marge.

Bob’s memberships included a 50+ year member of the Macedonia Masonic Lodge #1128 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rites Body of the Valley of Southern Illinois, Ainad Temple of the Shrine, Franklin County Farm Bureau, 16 years served as a member of the Akin School Board, a one term member of the Benton Consolidate High School Board, and the Akin Water District Board.

He enjoyed stock car racing and was a NASCAR fan of Bill Elliott. He loved taking Marge to “go burn some gas”.

Surviving is his four children: Kelly Clark Balliet and husband Mark of McLeansboro, Scott Buntin and wife Shari of Thompsonville, Steve Buntin and wife Heather of Sarasota, FL, Sam Buntin and wife Cindy of Benton; nine grandchildren: Caleb Buntin and wife Beth, Alex Clark, Mat Buntin, Megan Buntin, Kira and Tyler Buntin, Lee Balliet and wife Ashley, Melissa Balliet, McKenzie Raley and husband Daniel; seven great-grandchildren: Harper and Reagan Buntin, Jada Hill, Ava Graham, Skylar and David Lee Balliet, Levi Raley; a brother Mike Buntin and wife Brenda of Thompsonville; a sister Jean Buntin Chamness (deceased), a sister Ann Williams and husband Jerry of Phoenix, AZ; a sister-in-law Carol Hoffman and husband Harold of Union, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by His parents; his wife; and a sister.

The family prefers that Memorial Contributions, rather than flowers, be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children; and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Bob, go to



To send flowers to Robert's family, please visit our floral store.


May 10, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Leffler Funeral Home
401 E. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

Celebration of Life
May 11, 2021

10:00 AM
Leffler Funeral Home
401 E. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

© 2021 Leffler Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy