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Richard Mayne "Rick" Bonyata

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Mr. Richard Mayne (Rick) Bonyata (47) of Kingwood, Texas, passed away on January 19, at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, as a result of complications of the H1N1 flu.
Rick was born in Tallahassee, Florida, to Dick and Marilee Bonyata, and grew up in Lake City. He graduated from Columbia High School in 1984. He attended Florida State University, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering. He worked as an electrical engineer/forensic consultant with McDowell Owens Engineering in Houston.
Rick was preceded in death by his infant son Kyle and his father, Richard Bonyata.
Rick is survived by his three daughters Lindsay Hellman (Judd), twins, Abbey and Chelsea, and their mother, Cindy Moore Bonyata. Also surviving is his very special new granddaughter, Brooklyn Marie Hellman, as well as his mother, Marilee Bonyata, sisters Rebecca Lambert (John) and Betsy Upchurch (Jimmy), his brother Chuck Bonyata (Vikki) and friend, Megan Matherne.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, January 24, 2014, at the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church with Pastor Louie Mabrey officiating. Visitation with the family will be held Thursday evening, January 23, 2014, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
GATEWAY-FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 3596 South US Hwy 441, Lake City, FL, 32025. (386) 752-1954. Please leave words of love and comfort for the family online at,
Published in Lake City Reporter on Jan. 23, 2014
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