OBITUARY

Mark Wells Bono

March 2, 1972February 10, 2020

Mark Wells Bono, 47, died peacefully in his sleep on Feb. 10, 2020. He was born on March 2, 1972 in Kansas City, MO to Dr. Thomas and Janet Bono.

Mark was adventurous and thrill-seeking as a boy. He loved the neighborhood where he grew up and all of the friends with whom he rode dirt bikes, sledded and played sports. He graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1991. Although Mark loved speed, he had an equal affinity for the slower-paced life. He was comfortable in all settings, and, as such, he made others comfortable in his presence.

Professionally, Mark worked for Sprint for more than 22 years, most recently as a network services technical support engineer. He worked in the operations center, helping to keep the network running smoothly. The hours he worked were difficult, but Mark loved the techie side of his job. He was good at observing and fixing the problems that vexed others. His career was built around making sure other people’s lives ran smoothly, all as he sat in the background, monitoring and helping those in need.

To all who knew him, Mark was a quiet and caring soul. He always put the needs of others ahead of his own. His children, Mekenna and Luke, will remember him as a loving and devoted father. They were his greatest source of pride and joy. For his family, and also for his longtime partner, Angela, Mark was a rock. He was always a constant stream of calm and cool.

Mark loved family vacations, and was happiest spending time outdoors. His fondest memories were of family fishing trips to Colorado. He was a master fly fisherman who expressed the sincerest kindness toward all living things. His family liked to think of Mark as a fish whisperer. He calmly caught the most fish, the biggest fish, the best fish. Each time the fish were released back to the lake, stream or whatever fishing hole from which they were plucked.

In addition to his two children, Mark is survived by his parents Dr. Thomas and Janet Bono; partner Angela Miles; sister Jamie Flink and her family. He is preceded in death by grandparents James and Robin Bono, and John and Madge Wells.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may send memorials to a charity of choice in Mark’s name.

  • FAMILY

  • James and Robin Bono, Grandparents (deceased)
  • John and Madge Wells, Grandparents (deceased)
  • Dr. Thomas Jack Bono, D. D. S., Father
  • Janet Marie Wells, Mother
  • Angela Miles, Partner
  • Jamie Flink, Sister

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 16, 2020
  • Brief Celebration of Life Sunday, February 16, 2020

Memories

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Jodi (Keiser) Smith

February 23, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I lived 2 houses down from the Bono’s and used to babysit Mark while Janet would clean house. His fun spirit helped prepare me for a career working with children. Rest In Peace Mark.

Rose Catlin

February 16, 2020

My sincerest condolences for your loss
I will keep him and you in my prayers . Rose Catlin

William Hart

February 15, 2020

Mr. and Mrs. Bono and family, Angela, Mekenna, and Luke, please accept my sincerest condolences. I can’t express in words the sorrow that I feel when I think about not being able to talk with Mark again. There was no better friend than Mark Bono. I will always remember him for his ability to shoulder his burdens, take his own council, and still be there to help others. He was a selfless and humble person that was the epitome of class. I always respected his parents because of the way Mark conducted himself...a loving and considerate son and a wonderful and responsible father.

I will never forget him.

John Craun

February 15, 2020

My memories of Mark go back 40 years when we were neighbors of the Bono family, I vividly recall Mark tagging along with big sister Jamie and next door friend Stephanie. Mark was all over the backyards sometime playing and laughing at their dog Andy as he tried to capture water as it came out of the sprinkler. Front yards too, one afternoon Mary Kiser found Mark taking a nap on her front porch. Years passed, families moved but the Craun's always remained close friends with Tom and Janet. In 1993 we had a family tragedy when my wife was injured in a senseless car accident with a serious head injury . Tom and Janet came immediately to NKC hospital and sat with our family and other friends while LoRae underwent several surgeries. LoRae remained in a coma and eventually passed after 97 days, About 10 days after the accident Mark then 21 years old came to the hospital by himself and asked if there was any thing he could do. He said he has always remembered LoRae as being a second mother. That is a lasting memory of mine. No longer the rambunctious neighbor kid but now a compassionate mature young man and that is how I will always remember him!!

Craig Barrett

February 15, 2020

Its been a long time since we worked together, but we would always stop and catch up when we would bump into each other. Mark was one of those guys who was quiet, competent, and caring. You will be missed my friend.

Vicki Saviano

February 14, 2020

Dear Janet, I stand beside you as a mother whose beloved son has passed. I know your special heartache will one day be replaced with an amazing new connection to Mark. Blessings and Peace to you and your family at this time.

Jennifer Kim

February 14, 2020

My most sincere condolences to Mr. and Mrs. Bono and the two loves of his life Mekenna and Luke. He lived every moment for Luke. He was the best father and friend. I’ve known him for many years and feel blessed that I was able to speak with him a few months ago. He had so much respect for his parents and their marriage. He will be missed by many. My heart is broken. I pray for all his loved ones.

Sean Snow

February 13, 2020

I found Mark to be one of those friends you didnt need to talk to every day. You could run into him after any amount of time passed and pick right back up as if you'd had daily contact. Id recently gone through a rough patch of life as we all do. Knowing that Mark checked in on me over the holidays to make sure I was doing ok. He never knew how much I appreciated that.
My condolences to all Mark's family.♥️

Snow

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY