Robert Lee Bonta

Fort Madison, Iowa

Apr 11, 1945 – Mar 13, 2018 (Age 72)


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Robert Lee Bonta, 72, of rural Fort Madison, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Arizona, the result of a car accident while enjoying a morning walk with his wife, Karen.

He was born April 11, 1945, in Quincy, Ill., to Robert G. and Jessie L. Snodgrass Bonta. Robert attended...

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Grant, Barb, and Amy,
I don't have appropriate words. Your parents were wonderful people and I very much enjoyed all of the time spent in their house. They always made the "gang" feel welcomed. Many fond memories.

Heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Grant, Barbara, Amy and families. Bobby and Karen were greatly loved by the Southern branch of the Bonta family in Quincy. Their grace, humor, and intelligence made our get-togethers, a few times a year, very special. Their greatest pride and light of their lives were their children and grandchildren. It was a great gift from God, to have had two such beautiful people in our lives.

I met bob in quincy when I worked at the nursing home his mom was at. What a kind caring man. I met his wife several times, but I would never forget how wonderful he was with his mother. Such a tragic loss.

Grant, Barb, Amy and families: I was so very sorry to hear of this tragic accident that claimed the lives of your parents. I cannot imagine what you and your children must be going through. I worked with your Dad for 18 years and know that family meant a great deal to him and your Mom. Please accept my sincere sympathy.
Kay Schweers
Ankeny IA

We shared many Laughs and good times together as co workers at AEA 16. So sad about his and Karen's untimely passing. They will be missed.


Bob was a great leader and friend to the Great River AEA family. We enjoyed his salsa and chips every year. He was well respected by his fellow employees and LEA staff.
Bob will be greatly missed by all.
Jane Broeg

When I was a junior at Ft. Madison High School, circa 1982 - I had a career coaching session with my guidance counselor, Karen Bonta. We discovered that I was destined for something in communications - her husband Bob was my guidance counselor and fond of showing those classic "film strips" at Jackson Grade School. I was so fortunate to share a matinee of "Hamilton" with this dynamic couple just last June. These two fine role models will be missed. Rest in peace Karen and...

Bob and I got to know each other as summer break college workers at Celotex in Quincy. He went to Culver Stockton and I was at WIU. Bob was a couple of years older than I, and I looked to him as a mentor. Often after 2nd shift was over at 11 pm we went to his parents back yard and drank a few beers and discussed life. He was a great guy and I respected him greatly. We lost touch after college but I have often thought of him and his wisdom. I am so sorry to learn of his and Karen's...

Amy and family,

My deepest sympathy to you and your family in the tragic loss of your parents.

Hugs, Jeanette ( Renee's mother)