Charles W. Bonner, of Porter, passed away on Thursday, May 8, 2008 in
Portage. He was 86.
He was born Sept. 1, 1921 the son of Christopher and Elizabeth (Waugh)
Bonner, both of whom preceded him in death.
On June 14, 1942 in Lake Station, he married Esther V. Harmon, who preceded
him in death in 1991.
He is survived by daughters, Sandra (Luther) Williams of Valparaiso, Pat (Ed)
Hewitt of Portage, and Lisa (Mark) Lynk of Chesterton; grandchildren, Beth
Hewitt, Brent Hewitt, Leigh Ann (Ken) Kluge, Jennifer (Craig) Gall, Chuck
(Nicole) Williams, Zachary Lynk and Zoe Lynk; and great grandchildren,
Ashleigh Kluge, Tyler Gall, Kaitlin Gall, Jonathan Williams and Reagan
He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Christopher, Robert, William
and Dale Bonner, and sister Jean Blanchard.
Charles worked as a carpenter before retiring in 1981. He was a 60 year
member of the Carpenters Union Local 1005 and was the former owner of Supreme
Construction Company. He was a former President of the Portage School Board,
former Building Commissioner for the Town of Porter, a former Porter Town
Board Member and a former Precinct Committee Member in Porter. Charles was a
veteran of the US Army Air Corps, serving as a Captain during World War II.
He received many decorations, including the Air Medal with three oak leaf
clusters, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, and the
Distinguished Flying Cross. Charles was an accomplished story teller and took
special interest in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services, Pastor Kurt Nichols officiating, will be at 11 a.m. Monday,
May 12, at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton. Interment
will be at Chesterton Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at the funeral home.