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Richard G. Bonds

November 8, 1924 - October 7, 2016

Obituary


Richard Glenn (Dick) Bonds entered into eternal rest on October 7, 2016. He was born November 8, 1924 north of Nocona, Montaque County, TX. He loved his life growing up on his parent's farm and spent many hours writing his memoirs of that time of his life. Richard was one of those children who really did walk five miles each way to school and back. He especially enjoyed his time as a Boy Scout and his time running and playing with his dog, Jack. Richard loved his God, his family and his nation. At sixteen...

Richard Glenn (Dick) Bonds entered into eternal rest on October 7, 2016. He was born November 8, 1924 north of Nocona, Montaque County, TX. He loved his life growing up on his parent's farm and spent many hours writing his memoirs of that time of his life. Richard was one of those children who really did walk five miles each way to school and back. He especially enjoyed his time as a Boy Scout and his time running and playing with his dog, Jack. Richard loved his God, his family and his nation. At sixteen years of age, he asked his parents to give him permission to join the Army/Air Corp. He served with valor and distinction in the European theater of WWII, surviving the Normandy invasion and many other battles. For a time post-war, Richard taught avionics at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, TX where he and his first wife, Marianne, lived in a one room house they built themselves. He attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and graduated with a degree in business. He went to work for Conoco Oil Company, later, Conoco. He worked for them until his retirement. He eventually enrolled in the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, TX and graduated with a Master's Degree in Business. As a young man and father, he became a Boy Scout leader so he and his son, Brad, could enjoy years of scouting together.

He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Wilma Bumpas; his second wife and love of his life, Reba Lou (Rains) Bonds and a nephew, Charles David Jones. He is survived by three children, a daughter, Sunny Hirschfeld and husband Bill of Ruidoso, NM; a son, Richard Bradley (Brad) Bonds and wife Sara of Fort Smith, AR; a daughter, Elizabeth Shattuck of Austin, TX; two step-children, Vonelle Vanzant and husband Randy and Greg Schulze, all of Lavaca, AR; three grandchildren, Bae Hirschfeld of Ruidoso, NM, Richard Lawrence Bonds of Galveston, TX, and Elizabeth Thomas and husband Cody of Fort Smith, AR; four step-grandchildren, JoAnna Nallie and husband Henry of Galveston, TX, Jennifer Fernandez and husband John of Texas City, TX, Sherrie Davis and husband Mike of Lavaca, AR and Jeffrey Parsley and wife Lea of Midland, TX; two great grandchildren, Jackson Bonds and Kennedy Thomas; six step great grandchildren, Lauren, Gabrielle and Abigail Nallie, Savannah Mclemore, Candace Sims and Kendra Tanner and husband Simon; two step great, great grandchildren, Timothy and Jaxon Tanner; a sister, Nina Lee Jones of Nocona, TX; and his first wife and mother of his children, Marianne Talafuse of Ruidoso, NM.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm Thursday, October 13, 2016. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date. The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Methodist Health and Rehab for their gentle and much appreciated care for Richard during his time there. The family also wishes to thank Peachtree Hospice for their help during his final days.