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James Frederick Bonner
Daily Elk Citian, Elk City
Oct 24, 2013

Submitted by Wanda Purcell

Funeral services for James F. Bonner, 89, Clinton resident will be held at 2 PM today, October 24, 2013, in the Kiesau Memorial Chapel, officiated by Jeff McDowell. Burial will follow in the Clinton Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau- Lee Funeral Home.

James Frederick Bonner was born January 12, 1924, to G. W. and Nancy Vivian (Kelley) Bonner in Cheyenne, OK in Roger Mills County and passed away Monday, October 21, 2013, in the Grace Living Center in Clinton, OK.
James was raised in Roger Mills County where he attended his schooling. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 14, 1942, serving during WWII and he was honorably discharged on March 9, 1945. He was soon married to Opal Cooksey on June 20, 1945 in Sayre, Oklahoma.

The couple traveled extensively and made their living at running restaurants and cafe. They owned and operated a Trading Post in Gallop, NM and they also operated Bonner's Cafe in Elk City and Erick.
Mr. Bonner had his pilot's license and the couple traveled all over the United States. He and his wife had a special love for their animals.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years in June of 2010.

He is survived by his grandson, Scott Bonner, of Washington.

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