Richard Bonefas

            Richard F. “Joe” Bonefas, son of William J. and June Teymeyer Bonefas, was born January 14, 1943, at Independence, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. He attended school at East Buchanan and graduated from Independence High School in 1961.

            On April 22, 1967, he was united in marriage with Linda Marie Wilson at St. John Catholic Church in Independence. Joe worked for Paul Niemann Construction Company in Sumner from 1968, until he retired in 2011.

            Following a brief illness, his death occurred Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo. He was sixty-nine years old and enjoyed playing darts and pool, and spent many hours doing all types of work on his computer.

            Joe is survived by two sons, Richard (Carla) Bonefas of Bangor, Maine and Albert (Karen) Bonefas of Oelwein; two daughters, Rachel Bonefas of Sumner and Angie Paris of Oelwein; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren; six brothers, Dan Bonefas of Independence, Bill Bonefas of Texas, Ken Bonefas of Connecticut, Steve Bonefas of Quasqueton, Ed Bonefas of Shenandoah, and Tony Bonefas of Waterloo; and four sisters, Mary Besler of Boone, Wanda Childress and Virginia Doan, both of Independence, and Sue Butler of Ft. Dodge.

            He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda, who died December 31, 1991; his parents; and two brothers, Jim and Paul.

            Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 10, 2012, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Sumner with Rev. Jim Brokman officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Sumner. Friends may call from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Thursday.


S. Graves on June 5, 2012 at 5:08 AM said:

May these words recorded at Isaiah 25:8 be of much comfort to you and your family during this time of deep sorrow. "He will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces. And the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for Jehovah himself has spoken |it|," "New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures"
Jeff & Peggy on May 12, 2012 at 8:22 AM said:

We are sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. Death may cast a shadow over you as you go about your daily life. Your love one’s death brings you face-to-face with the fact that they are gone too soon. While you call to mind the happy memories, you may also remember the enormity of the loss. But, "Do not let your hearts be troubled". (John 14:27) May you find comfort as the "the last enemy", death will be done away with. (1 Corinthians 15:25, 26). Let this time be a tribute to their wonderful life. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Christa Leach on May 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM said:

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Joni Cannon Westendorf on May 9, 2012 at 5:32 PM said:

To the family of Joe,
You have my Deepest Sympathy. Your Dad was truly a great guy with a big, caring and kind heart. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.
MarniMalone on May 9, 2012 at 12:24 PM said:

To Al, Karen and son, Mike, Megan and Morgan
My condolences to you all and the rest of your family and his friends over the loss of your dad and grandfather, friend.
Sandy Porter Jacbson on May 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM said:

Rachel, words cant express how I am feeling right now, I still can believe that he is gone. He never had a bad word to say about anyone..we will all miss you Joe!! My thoughts and Prayers go out to the Bonefas family in this time of need..
deb snyder on May 9, 2012 at 8:20 AM said:

my prayers and thoughts go out to your family, joe always took time to visit with me and was always very kind to me, may he rest in peace.
Bob and Donna Dibble on May 9, 2012 at 6:10 AM said:

Mary, I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Kraig & Karen (Bonefas) Emick on May 9, 2012 at 4:51 AM said:

Please accpet our prayers and sympathies. We are so sorry that we can not attend the services, but please know that our thougts are with you.
Mike & Linda McDaniel on May 8, 2012 at 1:53 PM said:

Rachel and all of the Bonefas family - Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your lo,our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.
Pat and Carol Snyder on May 8, 2012 at 8:15 AM said:

We send our sympathy to all your family. Joe was a kind and sincere guy who always had time to visit. Our prayers are with you all.
gene & deb curtis on May 7, 2012 at 6:41 PM said:

joe we will miss you. You and linda introduced gene and I you and family has always been good friends to us and we love you guys for that, we will never forget all the times and friendship.
Arlie and Marcia Rieck on May 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers to all of Joe's family. We will miss a very nice man!
Frank Wiedrich on May 7, 2012 at 5:23 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bonefas Family. A man of many talents, and alot of stories!! Wish you endless happiness in Heaven Joe for we will miss you.
Geri Salisbury on May 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM said:

Prayers for the family. Your dad was a great guy. He was kind and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Several yrs ago as I raised my family, he would fix my car so I could get to work. He would never take payment, he just wanted to help out.
He is indeed one of our angels above now.
Blessings to you all.

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