John R. Bonham Sr.

John R. Bonham Sr., 83, of Dyberry Twp., Honesdale, died Sunday at Regional Hospital of Scranton after an illness.

Born Sept. 26, 1929, in Steene, son of the late John R. Bonham Sr. and Tillie Mozeliak Bonham, John was the proprietor of John R. Bonham Construction from 1957 to June of 1996 and John R. Bonham Road Equipment and Supply from 1964 to 1997. He was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church. John was also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge 88, Anthony Wayne Chapter 204 and the Knights Templar 89. In addition to these organizations, John also belonged to the Wayne Pike Shrine Club, Irem Temple of Wilkes-Barre, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Lodge, Honesdale Free and Accepted Masons Lodge 218, the Beech Grove Grange and the Apollo Club.

John was happiest on his farm where he enjoyed tending to his cows, fixing fences, riding four-wheelers and tractors, and haying. He had a genuine love and respect for the great outdoors, nature, and animals, especially his black lab, Bonnie. He was a father, grandfather, brother and uncle who will be greatly missed. He will be remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor, love and generosity that he had for his family and friends.

He is survived by three children, Brenda Schwab and her husband, Michael; Nancy Cush and her husband, Thomas; and John Bonham Jr. and his wife, Sylvia, all of Honesdale; a sister, Alice Kimble, Bethany; two brothers, James Bonham and his wife, Vonnie, Bethany; and Harold (Bob) Bonham and his wife, Ruth, Dyberry Twp.; three grandchildren, Nicole Cush, Luke Schwab and Jesse Schwab; many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Eva Parker.

In accordance with his wishes, following cremation, a private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Bethany Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children of Philadelphia, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140; or the .

Arrangements are attended by the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 Main St., Honesdale, PA 18431.

Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 17, 2013