Thomas G. Bonser
1931 - 2021
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Thomas G. Bonser

Thomas G. Bonser (89 years old) passed away peacefully on Jan 26, 2021. Husband of 65 years to Sheila M. Bonser, he is survived by Sheila, his brother James, his children Suzanne, Tony and Nancy and 5 grandchildren. He is remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, skilled aeronautical engineer, and decorated USAF combat pilot.

In Vietnam he operated out of bases deep in enemy territory earning two Air Medals and the Silver Star. He was recognized for his part in rescuing a great number of allied civilians from overwhelming enemy forces and for "outstanding airmanship and courage under extremely hazardous conditions".

His engineering contributions ranged from supersonic jet engine development and flight operation, space shuttle main tank manager, and X plane development.

In retirement, he enjoyed soaring, sailing, flying and leading award winning aircraft & boat restoration projects, but above all spending time with his wife and family.

Tom always thought of others first and selflessly gave his time, wisdom, skills and resources. He was a man of faith and will be missed by all that knew him.

No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, please donate to the Otterbein Hospice.

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from Jan. 27 to Jan. 31, 2021.
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February 20, 2021
Fair skies and tailwinds for Tom on his flight west. It was 65 years ago that we flew the mission over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. I don't remember details but the names I do remember. I am honored to have served with him. Gombey 29/Nail 22 1966.
Glenn Bremennkamp
Served In Military Together
February 2, 2021
Sending our deepest sympathy to our dear friend’s family during these difficult times. May your memories be a lasting tribute to Tom. ❤
January 30, 2021
Tom and his wonderful family were our neighbors and friends on Minuteman Way for many years. He was one of the finest men I've ever known; committed to family, country and friends. He was a great guy, and one I was always proud to call a friend.
Gene Janning
January 30, 2021
My deepest condolences to my cousin, Sheila and Tom's family and friends. Reading his obituary is testament of the impressive legacy he has left to be admired and remembered.
Coletta Quinn
January 30, 2021
The first time I met Tom was in 1954 at our old place on the River in Michigan. He had been invited by my sister to meet the family. He was an Officer in R.O.T.C. at Uof C and going into the Air Force. I was 14 at the time and very impressed! I looked up to Tom, he became my roll model. What a terrific person! He had a since of hummer, liked a story, just fun to be around. He married my sister, Wow! Over the Years I enjoyed many conversations with Tom, that now I will definitely miss. Tom was a strong and gentle person, well liked by everyone. I have always felt fortunate to have known him. I know he will be missed by everyone. God Bless.
William Marrs
January 28, 2021
I worked with Tom at Lockheed Martin Michoud back in the Space Shuttle days. He was an amazing, funny, unassuming and kind man. My condolences
Judy Thorne
January 28, 2021
From my experience, Tom was very much as described in the obituary: Always thinking of others first. A truly courageous man and huge contributor to our country.
Bill Simpson
January 28, 2021
We are very sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed.
Carmen and Sonny Samarakoon
January 28, 2021

Sorry to hear about your fathers passing... did not realize he had worked at GE. reading is obituary I can see he must have nurtured your love of flying and indeed all things aviation related. His life must have been extraordinary... I am sure you are proud of his accomplishments and service to our country... he seems like one who never shied away from worthwhile adventures and continued growth in life. Must have been a privilege to know him
Thomas Maxwell
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