Coy Ellis Bonner

October 28, 2009

Coy Ellis Bonner  81, former Munster, Indiana resident, died October 28, 2009 at Indiana Masonic Home, Franklin, IN. Born February 26, 1928 in New York, NY, to Coy E. & Gladys (Natusch) Bonner. He married Barbara Sue Strange on June 11, 1950 and she preceded him in death on October 26, 2009. Mr. Bonner taught at Lake Placid, FL and Munster Community Schools for 33 years. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served from 1946-1947. He was involved in operation “High Jump” with the Admiral Byrd expedition to the Antarctic. He was of the Episcopalian Faith, a member of the McKinley Masonic Lodge 712, York Rite, Scottish Rite and Shrine. He enjoyed music, wood working, sports, and especially his grandchildren.

Visitation and Services

Mr. Bonner’s service, along with his wife’s service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2009 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 12 Noon prior to the service, with a Masonic Service at 1:45 p.m. Burial will be in Buntin Cemetery.

Survived by:

Son: Gary (Sophie) Bonner of Lombard, IL 2 Daughters: Jan Sharpe of Southgate, KY and Cathy (Albert) Cole of Lutz, FL 3 Sisters: Lavonne Solomon of Lincoln, VT, Charmian Melnick of Michigan City, IN and Mardelle Reed of Phoenix, AZ 4 Grandchildren

Preceded by:

Preceded in death by a brother Duane Bonner.


6 Condolences for “Coy Ellis Bonner”

  1. Karen Wells October 28, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Cathy and Family,
    How very sorry I was to hear of your parents’ passing. My thoughts and prayers, and those of so many others who knew them, are with you at this sad and difficult time.
    May God Bless and comfort you all.
    Karen Wells (Zahrndt)

  2. Jim Kessler October 29, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    To the Bonner family,
    I am deeply sorry to read about your parents passing. Mr Bonner was my 5th grade teacher at Lanier School in Munster, Indiana. He was also my track and flag football coach there too. He was a very kind and funny man. Even after all these years I can still remember him standing out on the playground watching us running for track, playing footbal, or in the classroom and his fun way of teaching. He was truly a teacher that has influenced many students in all his years of teaching, I know that he did me.
    May God be with you and you families at this time.
    Jim Kessler

  3. Dale Wolfe October 29, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Hello Cathy & Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your parents passing. Our prayers are with you in this time of loss. God Bless and our best wishes to you and your family.
    Dale Wolfe
    Lafayette, Indiana

  4. Dorothy Henke Gillespie October 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Cathy, Jan, and Gary,
    We are so terribly sorry to hear of the great loss of your parents. You are in our prayers and thoughts.
    God’s blessings and peace to you.
    Dorothy Henke Gillespie, Kathy Henke Evans, Barb Henke Felix and Chuck Henke

  5. JoAn and Don Allen October 30, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Cathy, Gary and Jan;
    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your parents. Our thoughts and prayers are with your families. Nancy and Janet echoed our thoughts.
    Don and JoAn Allen, Janet Allen Hutton, Nancy Allen

  6. Janet Hutton November 1, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Cathy, Jan, and Gary:
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your parents, and especially so close to each other. Please know that we are thinking of you and asking our Lord Jesus to comfort you and bring you peace that passes all understanding. Because of Him, we have hope of life everlasting. They were teachers and had great opportunities to bless many children with knowledge and truth, a great commission, and noble calling. They were very special people, and their memories live on in the good work they did here on earth, and through you. God bless you and keep you.
    Yours truly,
    Janet Allen Hutton, Don and JoAn Allen, and Nancy Allen

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