Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 18, 2013

Chauncey Griffith 'Dick' Nunnelley

TRAVERSE CITY — Chauncey G. “Dick” Nunnelley, 90, of Traverse City, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at the Village of Bay Ridge, surrounded by his loving family. Chauncey was born March 5, 1923, to the late James R. and Ruth Griffith Nunnelley in Lexington, Ky.

He served our country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and on Sept. 4, 1943, he married Jean Alice Blackwell, of Huntington Woods.

Dick served the City of Birmingham Fire Department for 32 years, 16 years as the Fire Chief. When he retired to Northern Michigan he accepted the position of Executive Officer of the Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area for eight years, then worked as a management consultant for Southgate Sales for another 10 years. During that time he ran the 1989 Off Shore Classic boat race and Blue Angels.

He and his wife, Jean, loved to travel every year in their motor home and sail; they played cards at every meal ... keeping score forever.

In addition to his wife, Jean, in 2005, he was preceded in death by his son, James Charles in 2011; his brother, Robert; and sister, Eva Mae Hamilton.

Chauncey is survived by his daughter, Ruth Nunnelley, of Traverse City; his son, Stewart (Beth) Nunnelley, of Cedar; his seven grandchildren, Kelley (Jim) VanWagner, Rich (Kelly) Probst, Andrea (James) Johns, Carrie Nunnelley, Anderson Nunnelley, David (Robin) Nunnelley and Laura (Benno) Guggenheimer; and 10 great-grandchildren, Steven Hardy, Alex Hakes, Grant Nunnelley, Callie Johns, Trinity Johns, Rich Probst III, Taylor and Kate Probst, and Eva and Arie Guggenheimer. Also surviving are two nieces, Bonnie Hamilton Trussel and Nanci Hamilton Hoffman.

Visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 19, at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, also at the funeral home, with Pastor Tim Manzer of New Hope Community Church officiating. Burial will follow at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Families of Fallen Firefighters. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Please share your thoughts and memories with his family by way of his online guestbook at

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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