Gary Frances Bond, 77, formerly of Florence, passed away Feb. 7, 2017.
Gary was born to Floyd and Ruth Bond in Everett, Wash., on March 11, 1940, in Eagle, Idaho. When Gary was 13, he moved to Florence with his parents and attended Siuslaw High School. He then joined the U.S. Army and served his country, receiving a Medal of Good Conduct.
He was honorably discharged in 1962 and returned to Florence, where he soon met the love of his life, Sherry Wilkinson. Gary and Sherry were married in Reno, Nev., on May 25, 1963, and they had two children: Gary Bond Jr., who resides in Boise, Idaho, and Brenda Garber (Richard) of Eagle, Idaho.
Gary is survived by his brothers: Bill Hanstad (Anna) of Roseburg, Lonnie "Cork" Kief (Conni) of Florence, Floyd "Buck" Bond (Andria) of Albany; and sister Sandra Bernhardt (Phil) of White City, Ore.
Gary was preceded in death by his wife, Sherry, in May 2015; his brother, Bob Bond (Wanda); and his sister, Diane Hanson (Bond).
Gary lived his adult life and raised his family in Florence, where he worked in the logging industry for many years at U.S. Plywood, then at Champion Int'l .
He later worked for Coast Road Construction and retired from County Transfer Recycling in 2002. Gary loved hunting and fishing trips with his brothers and camping along the Oregon Coast with his family and grandkids.
He held his two grandsons Jacob and Jordan Rainwater close to his heart. He loved to cheer them on at their football, basketball and baseball games at Siuslaw and could always be found walking the sidelines or sitting in the stands at their games. He also enjoyed socializing and playing pool with friends at the Florence Elks Lodge where he was a longtime member . Gary and Sherry were members of the Florence Church of the Nazarene. Gary will always be remembered for his kind heart, contagious smile and love for his family.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 11, at 1 p.m., at Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Florence.
Gary will be laid to rest at Pacific Sunset Cemetery next to his loving wife, Sherry.