Paul Bonham, 84

Posted on May 4, 2013

Paul Irvin Bonham, 84, of Liberty Township, Wells County, passed away at 2:25 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born Sunday, Oct. 21, 1928, in Huntington. Paul graduated from Warren High School, Class of 1946. He then attended Purdue University School of Agriculture, graduating in 1950.
Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951, serving as an executive officer along with his twin brother Richard for three years in the Korean War, where he earned the Bronze Star.
Paul married Nancy Howard in Hammond on Feb. 20, 1955. Paul farmed for 35 years. He was part of the 4-H Association in the 1960s and was an agriculture banker in the 1970s. Paul’s government service career in the Wells County government was varied and extensive. Paul served on the Board of Zoning Appeals from 1969 to 1988, as township trustee from 1988 to 1990, as county auditor from 1990 to 1998, and the Wells County Council for three months. Paul served as Wells County commissioner from 2000 to 2012 and held the position of president of the Northeast District of County Commissioners and served on the IACC’s board.
Paul was a member of the Wells County Mental Health Association, the Bluffton Optimist Club and the Wells County GOP. Paul was a dedicated family man. He enjoyed Civil War history and loved to play golf. Paul was a knowledgeable, dependable, and honest leader working for continued representative government. Paul always believed, “When you grow up in an area and your kids do too, you want to be part of it ... you serve.”
He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Howard) Bonham; two daughters, Vivian (John) Bonham Blakeslee, Milford, and Lauren (Randy) Bonham Lockdall, Bloomington; a son, William H. “Bill” (Lori) Bonham, Liberty Center; his twin brother, Richard R. (Cynthia) Bonham, Warren; a sister, Carolyn (George) Bonham Grigsby, Neenah, Wisc.; two granddaughters, Julie Blakeslee Oertel and Abbey Blakeslee Fouse; four grandsons, Seth Blakeslee, Luke Blakeslee, Matthew Lockdall and Andrew Lockdall; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Elijah R. (E.R.) Bonham; his mother, Hattie I. (Schilling) Bonham; and a daughter, Julie Anne Bonham, who passed in 1966.
Family and friends may gather to share and remember at Warren Church of Christ, 302 N. Wayne St., Warren, Sunday, May 5, from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 6, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Warren Church of Christ and Tuesday, May 7, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service.
A service to celebrate Paul’s life will be at Warren Church of Christ at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, with Pastor Ethan Stivers and Rev. Gerald Moreland officiating. Interment will follow in the Thompson Home Cemetery in rural Warren.
Preferred memorials: Warren Church of Christ, 302 N. Wayne St., Warren, IN 46792, or the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis,  TN 38105-1942.          
Arrangements are being handled by Glancy - H. Brown & Son Funeral Home in Warren.
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