LANDECK — Richard J. "Bunny" Bonifas, 81, died at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at his residence.
He was born May 1, 1932, in Van Wert County, to Albert Peter and Mary Catherine Picker Bonifas, who preceded him in death. On Nov. 25, 1954, he married Jane Hilvers, who survives in Landeck.
Mr. Bonifas was the organizer of the Landeck sausage and sauerkraut supper. He loved traveling on his four-wheeler. His true passion was his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck, the VFW Post 3035 in Delphos, Landeck Foresters, and Holy Name Society. He was a lifelong farmer and also was a quarry supervisor, retiring from National Stone. He was in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Survivors also include three sons, James "Rabbit" (Jann) Bonifas, of Landeck, Daniel "Boomer" (Janet) Bonifas, of Landeck, and Carl "Fred" (Diane) Bonifas, of Delphos; three daughters, Debra (Joseph) Armanini, of Vandailla, Linda (Duane) Schulte, of Landeck, and Darlene (Brent) Wells, of Dublin; a sister, Dorothy (Elmer) Huffman, of Delphos; three brothers, Arther (Alice) Bonifas, of Delphos, Albert (Lori) Bonifas Jr., of Landeck, and John (Lori) Bonifas, of Alpena, Mich.; 14 grandchildren, Melinda (JW) Aiken, Tony (Elizabeth) Bonifas, Nathan Armanini, Hannah Armanini, Annette (Aaron) Haines, Bridgette (Josh) Smith, Juliette Bonifas, Brice Schulte, Colleen Schulte, Samantha Bonifas, Alex Bonifas, Lucy Bonifas, Taylor Wells and Lauren Wells; two great-grandchildren, Madison and Lillian Aiken; and a sister-in-law, Catherine Bonifas.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Norbert and Jerome Bonifas; and a sister-in-law, Ann Bonifas.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Landeck. The Rev. David Reinhart will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, with military rites by the Delphos Veterans Council.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Landeck.
Condolences may be expressed at harterandschier.com.