OBITUARY

Steven Joseph Bonk

February 9, 1948January 9, 2021
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On January 9, 2021, after a year of challenging health issues, Steve quietly passed away surrounded by family at AdventHealth Fish Memorial Hospital in Deltona.

Steve leaves behind his wife Dixie, sons Scott, Jayson and Ryan, grandchildren Scotty, Rene, Tatianna, Jayden and Jonah, many great friends and colleagues and two ridiculously spoiled dogs Riley and Holly.

Steve’s life started on February 9, 1948 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He grew up in Wisconsin with his parents Joseph and Betty and sister, Jane. His parents, both US Navy World War II veterans, must have planted a seed for patriotism because upon completion of high school, Steve joined the US Air Force. Well, it was either a love of country or an overwhelming desire to avoid the US Army draft. For the purposes of this exercise, we have given him the benefit of the doubt and assume the former. Upon completion of basic and technical training he was deployed overseas in support of the Vietnam war. During his tour he was assigned to the base electrical power production and facilities division. It is during this time he would develop the foundation of the skillset that would come to define the work he would do for the remainder of his life.

Upon completion of his service in the Air Force, Steve returned to La Crosse and decided to attend technical school to learn electrical and refrigeration fundamentals and servicing. Upon graduation he worked for Trane, an air conditioning design, manufacturing, installation and servicing company. During his time at Trane, and after losing a bet, he was “encouraged” to perform wing-man duties on a blind date by a close friend. This is where he met Dixie. The awkwardness during that first date quickly subsided, well at least Dixie’s, Steve’s awkwardness, as it turns out, was permanent. However, their relationship quickly blossomed. After only knowing each other for only eight weeks they were married in April 1973 and have been together ever since.

In 1976, Steve was hired by the Holiday Inn corporation and for the next twenty-five years and he held numerous positions of ever-increasing responsibility in the hospitality industry. This was followed by another seventeen years with Westgate Resorts. He noted on numerous occasions it was his time at Westgate that was the most satisfying portion of his long career. This was because of the job-itself but more importantly the colleagues that until his passing, he considered friends.

Although problem solving through technical troubleshooting, project planning and close oversight and management was his work-passion, he also had other aspects of his life that were equally as important. Steve loved motorcycles, camping and outdoor activities.

Steve will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving father, solid colleague, proud patriot and a US Air Force Vietnam War veteran.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on Steve’s behalf to Pet Alliance Animal Shelter.

https://petallianceorlando.org/ways-give/donate/

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  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

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Rob June

January 14, 2021

We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Dixie and the entire Bonk Family. I know that this is a very difficult time for all of you, but rest assure that Steve is in peace and with our good Lord. May the memories that you created help strengthen you and make each passing day easier for all of you. We are thinking of you.

Love,
Rob, Ann, Caleb, and Anah June

Melissa McMann

January 14, 2021

My heart goes out to you all during this extremely difficult time.

Remember all the good times you shared and always remember he will always be with you in your heart.

Thinking of you, take care.

Sally June

January 14, 2021

Sending my love and prayers to Dix, Scott Jayson, Ryan and families. Keep those happy memories of Steve close to your heart. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Dave and Deb Schultenover

January 13, 2021

Dixie and family, we send our love and prayers. May God bless you with peace. He will be missed by family and friends. Hold tight your memories. Steve will be with you in your heart always! 🙏🏻

Louise Conti

January 13, 2021

Dixie and family so very sorry to hear the sad news on your dear hubby and father. I send my love to you all. I pray that God’s love will help you. Love Aunt Louise

Judy & Dale Roberts

January 13, 2021

Remembering, back some 50 years or so, enjoying each other's company as young married couples brought smiles to our faces. Dix may the happy times spent with Steve help you through your time of grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Pam Harlos

January 13, 2021

My condolences Dixie, Scott Jason and Ryan and family. Steve loved you all. Stay close and give each other lots of hugs.

Jane Copper

January 13, 2021

Dixie and Family, With love to you and your family. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. I hope you feel the love that surrounds you now and always. Steve sure will be missed. Much Love, Jane, Aaron, Lindsay , Kaylee

Effie Gilles

January 13, 2021

Our condolences to Dixie and family. May you be comforted by all your loving memories of Steve. We send our love and sympathy; Effie, Brad & Adam

Pennie Bell

January 12, 2021

My sincere condolences Dixie and family. I will cherish the memories growing up with Steve and all the fun that we had. May he rest in peace❤

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