Albert Arnold Bonar Sr., 75, of Belpre, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord May 13, 2014, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va., after a long battle with cancer.
He was born Dec. 13, 1938, in Rockland, Ohio, oldest son of Jess M. and Stella M. Bonar of Belpre.
Albert accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized with his wife, Bonnie, in the Spring of 1957. They attended Parkersburg First Church of the Nazarene. He retired from Belpre City Schools on June 6, 1988, after 30 years of service. He served as President of Oapse for many years.
Albert loved his family and any day was a good day for a family gathering. Holidays were especially precious to him. His annual Easter Egg Hunt was a long tradition and was eagerly anticipated by his adult children as well as his many grand and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed raising cattle, farming and traveling.
Albert and his beloved wife, Bonnie J. (Hart) Bonar, were married Dec. 25, 1957, in St. Marys, W.Va. He enjoyed surprising his wife with gifts on the 25th of each month.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Delbert Dean Bonar; and his sister, Shirley J. Bonar Wingrove.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Bonnie J. Hart Bonar; four daughters; one son; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Daughter Dollie M. Cunningham and Mark Schott of Salisbury, N.C., Daughters Amanda Venham, husband Cody and son Seth, Marietta, Ohio, daughter Jessica Gentry, fiance Chris Arnold, son Matthew of Rock Hill, S.C.
Daughter Stella Marie Becker and husband, Greg, of Moss Run, Ohio; daughters, Rose and Miranda; sons, Travis Moss Run, Ohio and Trevor (deceased).
Daughter Alberta Jane Venham and husband, Bill, of Belpre, Ohio; daughter Stacy Bell and husband, Robert, daughter Natalie of Belpre; son, Scott Venham and wife, Kayla of Dart, Ohio.
Daughter Peggy S. Becker and husband, Tim, of Belpre; son, Eric Snodgrass and wife, Brittany; sons, Caden, Dakota and Bradley of Vienna; and sons, Joshua and Zackery at home.
Son Albert A. Bonar Jr. and wife, Becky, of Belpre, Ohio; sons, Andy Knapp and David at home.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with Pastor Keith Hostutler officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery, Belpre. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com.