Phillip Ray Buntin, age 72, of Shell Knob, MO, died November 17, 2018. He was born October 11, 1946, to Leland Russell and Jean (Williams) Buntin.
After graduating from high school in Olathe, KS, Phillip received a B.S. in art education from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, in 1977. His college education was interrupted by a stint in the U.S. Army during which he served in Vietnam as a medical clerk.
Philip taught art in the Odessa and Warsaw, MO, school systems briefly before moving to Garden City in 1978. After a year teaching adult education art at Garden City Community College, he began a 28-year career teaching drawing, painting and sculpture at Garden City High School. Always a caring, creative and clever educator, many of “Mr. B’s” students won awards at regional and state contests. He helped supervise numerous trips to Santa Fe and Taos, NM, expanding the horizons of his students.
Phil was a tireless volunteer, donating his time and talent to High Plains Public Radio, Finney County Museum, Garden City Zoo and other organizations. He painted sets for numerous city and college theater productions. He also created drawings and paintings to illustrate books, coloring books and other publications by the Kansas Heritage Center, Dodge City. After retiring to Missouri in 2007, he enjoyed collecting antiques, gardening and creating an architecturally unique home at Table Rock Lake.
Phillip is survived by a sister, two nieces, and their families.
Memorials may be sent to HPPR, 210 N Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846-5519.
Cremation was handled by Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob, MO.