Henry L. Bonnigson, 93, of rural Fremont, died in The Willows on Saturday, April 13, 2013.
“Hank” was born in Erie County on Feb. 24, 1920, to Carl and Edna (Justi) Bonnigson. He graduated from Sandusky High School in 1938. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, a fact of which he was extremely proud.
He was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Scheid Road, Sandusky. He was also a lifetime member of Fremont VFW, Green Springs American Legion, and Northern Ohio Draft Pony Association. He served Green Creek Township for many years and held various positions, including clerk and trustee. He was a member of Clyde Eagles and the 40/8.
Hank’s greatest passion was raising and showing grey ponies with his family. He enjoyed playing cards twice a week with his buddies at the Riley Country Club. He loved to cook, especially bbq chicken. His best dance partner was his wife, Doris. They loved to travel to the Amish Country together and garden. He was grateful for being able to participate in the Honor Flight program.
He worked in agriculture all his long and productive life, having attended the GI School for Agriculture after World War II. He retired as a USDA egg inspector, he also farmed and worked at the Eastern State, which became Ag-Way, where he worked in sales.
On Feb. 7, 1948, he married Doris Camp. She preceded him in death on Jan. 21, 2012.
Survivors include their seven children, Joanne (Joe) Frisch of Catawba Island, Karl (Patricia) Bonnigson of Fremont, Keith Bonnigson (Jamie Drossman) of Bellevue, Jeanne (Ken) Mathias of Burgoon, Ohio, Kenneth (Jen) Bonnigson of Clyde, Grace (Chris) Leichty of Green Springs, and Mary (Tim) Myers of Fremont; 17 grandchildren; five step grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Doris (Clarence) Rahrig of Norwalk, Ruth Deehr of Berlin Heights, and Irma Moon of Berlin Heights.
Hank was preceded in death by his first wife, Beatrice Faye Bonnigson, who died in 1945; infant brother, William; and two grandchildren, Carl and Kirsten Bonningson.
Visitation will be 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 S. Main St., Clyde. Additional visitation will be 9:30-10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Scheid Road, Sandusky, followed by funeral services at 10:30 a.m. at the church, the Rev. Bill Hlavin officiating. Burial will be in Bakertown Cemetery, with military rites.
Memorials may be made to the St. John's Lutheran Church, Scheid Road or Memorial Hospice.
Condolence may be sent to auxterfuneralhomes.com.