Trufant celebrates Jubilee this weekend

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 2:39 pm on Wednesday, September 07, 2011

TRUFANT — This year’s Trufant Jubilee is dedicated to a longtime member of the community.
Dr. Leo Bunce died Feb. 12 of this year at age 93. He and his wife, Mary Louise, “doctored” the Trufant community for 40 years.
Leo Bunce attended Trufant and Coral schools and was valedictorian of his class. He attended Central State Teachers College and Marquette School of Medicine before serving in World War II.
He took over his father’s medical practice in Trufant in 1946.
“Dad loved Trufant,” said his son, Mark Bunce. “He was on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except two or three weeks during the summer when we went out of town. On dad’s day off, if he was sailing, mom went to the landing and blew the car horn to get him in. You had to have a plan of where you were going to be before the days of cell phones.”
The annual Jubilee Festival will take place Thursday through Sunday. Festivities will begin with the Jubilee Royalty Pageant at 7 p.m. Thursday in the pavilion.
The kiddie parade will be 7 p.m. Friday, followed by children’s games.
A firemen’s parade will be 9 p.m. Friday. The first route will be silent in honor of fallen personnel. The second route will include lights and sirens. A fireworks show will follow the parade.
The grand parade will be 1 p.m. Saturday featuring father and daughter Russell and Karen Hansen as grand marshals.
Russell Hansen was born in Langston in 1922 and married Louise Poulsen in 1941. They moved to Trufant, where they had a daughter, Karen, in 1954.
The Hansens had a farm and Russell Hansen also worked at a Greenville factory, retiring in 1985. Louise Hansen died in 1995.
Karen Hansen graduated from Lakeview High School and worked as a nurse before retiring. She has been to Denmark 16 times and is fluent in Danish.
“We were surprised, humbled and happy to be asked to be grand marshals,” Russell Hansen said.
The Virgil Baker Polka Band will perform from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The hospitality tent will open at 8 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday with music and dancing starting at 9 p.m. each night.
Jack Leaver will perform in the tent from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The tent will close for the weekend at 5:45 p.m. Sunday.
The eighth annual car and bike show will be 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday with awards and prizes. Call Trufant Chamber President Ralph Krantz at (616) 984-5204 for more information about the car show.

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