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Marion Francis Bonner, 84 of Monterville, departed this life on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Hospice Care Regional Inpatient Center in Elkins. He was born May 04, 1930 in Barbour County to William Bernie and Genevieve Everson Bonner. He was a member of the Cowger United Methodist Church for several years and he and Maxine spent many hours working on behalf of the Tyrand Cooperative Ministries in Mill Creek, along with other community activities.
He attended the schools of Barbour County and graduated from Belington High School with the class of 1947. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp where he attained the rank of sergeant before being honorably discharged from active service. He then enrolled at Davis & Elkins College, graduating with a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1953, and three years later, he received his master's degree from West Virginia University.
He spent 17 years in teaching and school administration in Randolph and Webster Counties, serving briefly as superintendent of Webster County Schools before becoming the county extension agent. He retired from that position in 1984 to run the D&L Bestway Market in Valley Head, which he had purchased just prior to his retirement. In addition to his teaching, he was a farmer and beekeeper, and he loved to hunt and fish.
He was married to Maxine Louise Conrad on March 18, 1955; she preceded him in death in 2008. Also preceding him in death were two sons Mark Wayne Bonner and Robert Dale Bonner.
Marion is survived by one son Michael (wife Terri) Bonner of Monterville; two daughters Terri (husband Stan) Summers of Vienna and Donna (husband Bob) Wooten of Chesapeake, VA; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren (with another on the way); and brother Lynn (wife Madonna) Bonner of Elkins, all of whom loved him dearly and will miss him every day.
Friends may join the family for visitation on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at Valley Head United Methodist church. Graveside Services will immediately follow in Mingo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Hospice Care End of Days, P.O. Box 760, Arthurdale, WV 26520.
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