James Wheeler Bond

James Wheeler Bond was born August 21, 1921, to Ed and Bessie Bond on a farm near Farmington, Kansas, and passed away at home in Lawrence, Kansas on January 10, 2015.

Jim spent his first 19 years on various farms in northeastern Kansas working with his father, and later for the Corpstein brothers south of Nortonville while attending mechanics school at night. In 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army and served with the 622nd Ammunition Ordinance in the Pacific Theater until the end of World War II. During this time, he made several beachheads in the Philippines including New Britain Island, Luzon, and New Guinea. In 1945, Jim was honorably discharged from the military as a staff sergeant. After his military service, Jim returned to Nortonville, Kansas working on the farm.

He met and married Bonnie L. Crawford on February 28, 1948. They shared 68 years together raising two sons, Larry C. and Bradley L. Bond.

In 1948, Jim worked for Crawford Electrical where he learned to be an electrician. Later, he applied these skills for the City of Eudora. Two years after, Jim worked as a guard for Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant. In 1964, Jim began a career with USI as a truck driver and later as a diesel mechanic, retiring in 1987. He was a proficient mechanic who was frequently called upon by family and friends. While retired, he worked part-time for Pence Greenhouse at various jobs. He greatly enjoyed visiting and playing with his grandchildren and catfishing in Kansas and on the Snake River in Idaho. In addition, Jim was a fixture on his front porch swing, keeping an eye on the neighborhood. Throughout his life, Jim developed his skills as a handyman and upholsterer, which he utilized around the house and to the benefit of family and friends. It didn’t seem like there was anything Jim wasn’t capable of undertaking.

Jim is survived by his wife, Bonnie, two sons, Larry C. (Dede) of Boise, Idaho, and Bradley L. Bond of Gering, Nebraska; two grandchildren, Eric J. of Boise, and Julianna K. Bond, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; a great grandson, Jack J, Bond, Boise; and many cherished nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and three sisters.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 15, from 7:00-8:00 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Graveside memorial services will be conducted on Friday, January 16 at 11 am at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association, Visiting Nurses, or WildCare, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com

Messages & Condolences

From Dave Loch...

Brad, and family, my condolences on your loss.

Dave Loch

From Martha Rose...

My sympathy to the Bond family after a long. Illness.
Losing a husband and father is never easy. You have been wonderful caregivers.

From Robbin Ketter...

Bonnie & Family,
I am sorry to hear of Jims passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you. I so enjoyed meeting you two with my buddy, your nephew, Jerry. We sure laughed @ the stories they both had!
Take Care,

From Fred and Cindy Frenzel...

Sending hugs to Bonnie, Brad and Larry from Fred, Cindy, Jessica and Erin in Virginia. Wish we lived closer. So sorry for your loss of such a wonderful man. We have many happy family memories of him and we will miss him a lot.

From Vince Howard...

The Howard family (Vince, Gail, Chris, Bryan, Craig, Briana and Hayden) want the Bond family to know that we are thinking about them during this difficult time.

From Carol...

I’m so sorry that I won’t be able to be a part of the visitation and funeral. Uncle Jim was very special to me and I have many happy memories of times spent with Jim, Bonnie, Larry & Brad. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

From William Siebenaler...


From Barb Ball (neighbor)...

Will always cherish our porch swing conversations, Jim always had a story to share. He will be missed by the neighbors who walk the block. My thoughts and prayers are with you Bonnie, and family.

From Cindy Hasler Carttar...

Please know that you are in my thoughts & prayers, Bonnie, Brad & Larry. Jim was able to remain at home thanks to your loving care, Bonnie. You were a wonderful caregiver.


From Steve & Pam Gasper...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Bonnie, Larry, and Brad.

Steve & Pam

From Janet Cinelli & Gary Smith...

Brad, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. As Gary and I both know, losing a parent is a very challenging life experience. If you need anything at all, know that we are here for you.

<3, Janet & Gary.

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