CHERRYVALE — James Donald “Donnie” Bullock Jr. came into this world on Jan. 23, 1968, and left on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, doing what he loved to do — riding his motorcycle while supporting first responders and veterans.
He was born in Coffeyville to James Donald Bullock Sr. and Sharon Mae (Miller). He went to grade school and middle school in Cherryvale. Later he traveled with his mother, siblings and stepfather, Joe Taylor, around the United States and eventually settled back in Cherryvale.
Survivors include the mother of his children, Lisa; a son, Derek; two daughters, Kaetlin and Ashtyn; a beautiful granddaughter, Brooklynn Mejia; a brother, James R. Bullock; a niece, Ivy Jade, and her mother, Jeanette; a sister, Noreta; a niece, Nikki; and many other cousins and relatives.
Donnie was everyone’s best friend, and he had many of them as he made friends freely and completely.
Donnie had a varied working career as a correctional officer and driving semitrucks, but his passion was firefighting/first response. He loved talking about his firefighting experiences and had most recently been a volunteer with the Edna Fire Department. Donnie was a member of the American Legion Riders Post No. 20 and participated in all events so he could show appreciation to veterans and their families.
He lived life to the fullest. This year he accomplished one of his lifelong dreams — riding to and experiencing the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. He was a fun-loving person and truly a kid at heart. He was called home sooner than expected, but he is now with his mother in her arms again.
There will be a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at Cherryvale Community Center (the former National Guard armory), 712 S. Liberty Street. An escort for his memorial service will begin at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Labette County High School parking lot. The ride will go east from the school and north to Parsons via U.S. 59, then west on U.S. 400 to U.S. 169, south to Cherryvale to the North Liberty Street entrance, where a stop will be made to “flag up,” and proceed to the Cherryvale Community Center. Fire departments are invited to stage on the byroad at the Liberty Street entrance at Cherryvale. All are welcome to take part in the procession.
Cremation has taken place by Complete Cremations of Harrisonville, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to James R. Bullock, P.O. Box 192, Altamont, KS 67330 to help with Donnie’s final expenses.