Paul Irvin Bonham

Paul Irvin Bonham, 84, of Liberty Township, Wells County, IN, and having connections to Huntington County, IN, died Friday, May 3, 2013, at 2:25 a.m. at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN.

Mr. Bonham graduated from the Warren High School in1946. He graduated from Purdue University in 1950. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1951, serving as an executive officer for thrr years in the Korean War, where he earned the Bronze Star.

He farmed for 35 years. He was part of the 4-H association in the 1960s and was an agriculture banker in the 1970s.  He served on the Wells County Board of Zoning Appeals from 1969 to 1988, as township trustee from 1988 to1990, as county auditor from 1990 to 1998 and spent three months as a member of the Wells County Council. He served as a county commissioner from 2000 to 2012 and held the position of president of the Northeast District of County Commissioners and served on the IACC's board. He was a member of the Wells County Mental Health Association, the Bluffton Optimist Club and the Wells County GOP.

He was born Oct. 21, 1928, in Huntington to Elijah R. (E.R.) and Hattie I. Schilling Bonham. He married Nancy Howard in Hammond on Feb. 20, 1955. His wife survives.

Additional survivors include two duaghters, Vivian (John) Blakeslee, of Milford, and Lauren (Randy) Lockdall, of Bloomington; a son, William H. "Bill" (Lori) Bonham of Liberty Center; a twin brother, Richard R. (Cynthia) Bonham, of Warren; a sister, Carolyn (George) Bonham Grigsby, of Neenah, WI; two granddaughters, Julie Oertel and Abbey Fouse; four grandsons, Seth Blakeslee, Luke Blakeslee, Matthew Lockdall and Andrew Lockdall; and seven great-grandchildren.

Calling is Sunday, May 5, 2013, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday, May 6, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Warren Church of Christ , 302 N. Wayne St., Warren. Calling will also be Tuesday, May 7, 2013, from 9 a.m. to the 10:30 a.m. service. Rev. Ethan Stivers and Rev. Gerald Moreland will officiate. Interment will follow in the Thompson Home Cemetery in Rural Warren.

Preferred memorials are to Warren Church of Christ, 302 N. Wayne St., Warren, IN 46792 or the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942

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