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James Bonomo, age 94, passed away on January 18, 2014. Jim was the youngest of three sons born to Angelo and Mary Bonomo in Clinton, IN. He had an interesting life growing up during the depression and shared many stories with his family. He and his brothers were very close and spent their younger days together in the summer and winter enjoying the outdoors. He graduated from Clinton High School and went on to play baseball on a scholarship while attending Ball State University. He was also successful in boxing, which he enjoyed. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps. in Indiana. From 1941 to 1945, he served in the US Army. He served in World War II where he was awarded the Bronze Star along with other medals of recognition. He often spoke of his time serving in Africa, Morocco and various European countries. Jim was very proud of his service to his country. He later married Delores Stash and together they settled in Hammond and had four children, Toni, Jimmy, Ron and Sandie. Jim was a proud member of Operating Engineers Local 150 for many years before retiring. Jim enjoyed working in his abundant vegetable garden and took pride in his yearly canning of peppers and tomatoes, which were enjoyed by many of his friends and family. He enjoyed playing poker, dancing and big band music. He was a longtime Cub's fan and enjoyed watching them each summer. Jim loved his family very much and always tried to help his children in any way he could. Jim always had a big smile on his face when his children called or walked through the door. A day did not go by without him telling his children he loved them and appreciated all they did for him. He is preceded in death by his wife, Delores; his sons, Jimmy and Ron; his parents, Angelo and Mary Bonomo; and his brothers, Chris (Ann) and Peter (Ann) Bonomo. He is survived by his daughters: Toni and Sandie (Robert) Borgetti; grandchildren: Sumer (Justin) Golday, Jared Bonomo, Ron Bonomo, Brook Bonomo, Ashley (Seth) Eckhardt, Tony Borgetti and Nicole Borgetti; and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Jim will be remembered as a very kind and loving father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Published in The Times on Jan. 28, 2014