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Callison-Lough Funeral Home

605 W Central, Bentonville, AR

OBITUARY

Raymond Everett Bonser

September 26, 1930October 29, 2019
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Raymond Everett Bonser passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2019 in Bentonville Arkansas.

Ray was born in South Gate, California on September 26, 1930 to Bert Bonser and Alta Clark Bonser. His parents and sister Emma Bonser Feldman preceded him in death. Ray is survived by his wife of 68 years Cherry South Bonser of Bentonville; his sister Margie Bonser Burke and the late Darius Burke of Englewood, CO; his daughters Rae Ann Bonser Haak and husband Dr James Haak of Niceville, Fl and Diane Bonser Shastid and husband Dale Shastid; Nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Ray enlisted in the US Marine Corps at age 17 going to many places including China and Japan. Ray’s time with the Marine Corps took him in 1950 to Korea and the Chosin area before being wounded and returning to the United States to marry Cherry Faye South April 9, 1951. Ray became a Firefighter for the City of Orange in 1959 rising to the rank of Battalion Chief before retiring in 1983. He worked selling fire apparatus after retiring and was working in Real Estate when he moved to Bentonville Arkansas in 1991. Ray enjoyed traveling with his family, photography and was a member of the Bentonville Church of Christ during his 28 years in Bentonville.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Alex Haak
  • Jonathan Haak
  • Jeff Haak
  • Andrew Albers
  • Ray Shastid
  • Michael Shastid

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 2, 2019

Memories

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ROBERT NOE

November 4, 2019

I first met Ray in 1961 when I joined OFD. He was a wonderful friend and a brother in Christ. Remembering some of our late night card games at the Headquarters Station brings a smile. I always respected Ray's Fire Command decisions. Many happy memories of Ray and Cherry over the years. Good memories of the Christmas parties when our children were young. Enjoyed our visit when we met in Branson, Missouri.

Cherry may your heart be comforted as Ray has slipped from your loving arms into those of our Father and Savior in heaven.

And the God of peace shall be with you.
Phil 4:9

Bob Noe

Dennis Cole

November 3, 2019

My sincere condolences to the Bonser family. May you feel God’s grace and peace during this time. I knew Ray from my years as a fire explorer with the OFD in the early 80s. I believe he was the A-shift BC when he retired. Of course, as an explorer, I didn’t work or interact with Ray often...hardly at all, but I do remember that he was a kind person and would greet me when he saw me at HQ. Ray had a western style bbq for his retirement party in Silverado Canyon, which I attended because John Aguiar invited me, along with some other explorers, to help out with the food, cleanup, etc. Ray’s party was well attended; and looking back, it was clear to me that he was a well liked and respected man. As the “old guys” used to say: “he was one of the good guys.” God bless, Dennis Cole, OFD retired, 1987-2018.

Phil and Sue Dascenzi

October 31, 2019

Our most heartfelt love and prayers to Cherry and all the Bonser family. Ray was a great guy and very instrumental in leading us to Christ. He will always hold a very special place in our hearts.

Phil and Sue Dascenzi

Lon Cahill

October 31, 2019

Very sorry to hear about Ray, Semper Fi my friend. Back in the 60's I was B.C. Bonser's driver as such I spent alot of time
with Ray and learned alot about The Fire Service and life.

Ray was an outstanding person and Chief Officer. Later in my career I purchased three fire pumpers off of Ray.

Lon Cahill Garden Grove Fire Chief retired

gary culp

October 31, 2019

Cherry and Family, Judie and I send our regards with Love to all of
you. may God guide and bless all.
I was very grateful for RAYS personel and professional aide in making me a better person ..

Wonderful memories: Gary and Judie Culp

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John Hussong

October 31, 2019

I met Ray just prior to my oral interview with the OFD in 1971. He also sat on my interview board and I felt a bit intimidated by his ability to look right through you when he asked you a question. It turned out that Chief Bonser was not as gruff as I had imagined. His laugh will stay with me always...I remember his uncanny ability to "count cards" and correctly predict which cards you had left in your hand during our famous games at HQ with Gary Culp, Stan McCall, Ray and myself - Be it a game of Hearts or Spades, he carried me though to victory on numerous occasions. Had the sincere pleasure of meeting up with Ray in Branson, MO while vacationing with Terry Ohlsen several years back (see photo)...Thanks for the great memories Ray, thanks for your service to our country and thanks for your contributions to the OFD and its community of firefighters.
John Hussong OFD #129 - 10/71 to 10/81

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