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Harley Bonham

veteranNov 24th, 1927 - Nov 8th, 2018

Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday, November 12, 2018, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Visitation5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, November 11, 2018, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Interment: Oskaloosa Cemetery


     Harley P. Bonham, age 90, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Thursday morning, November 8, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

     He was born November 24, 1927, at the family home in Oskaloosa Township, the son of Everett H. and Lena (Allphin) Bonham.  He married Norma A. Wildbur November 26, 1948, in Louisville and together they have shared 69 years of marriage.

     Harley served in the Army during World War II, stationed in the Philippines.  He later graduated from the Illinois State Police Academy, continuing on to serve as an Illinois State Trooper for 25 years, retiring from his post in 1982.  He was baptized into the Shiloh Church of Christ in 1949 and was known for his lifelong commitment to reading and studying his Bible.  He was an elder of the church for 70 years and took pride in baptizing all 8 of his grandchildren.  He was recognized as an accomplished author and historian of local and American history, publishing and appearing as a resource in countless articles and publications, and was a founding member of the Clay County Regulators reenactment group.  An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He has served as chaplain for the Sailor Springs American Legion for many years, and will also be remembered for his interest in performing and listening to bluegrass music.

     He is survived by his wife: Norma Bonham of Flora; three children: Jesse (Lynette) Bonham of Oskaloosa, Roger (Cindy) Bonham of Oskaloosa, and Aleta (Jim) Tackitt of Flora; grandchildren: Emily (Ruben) Boyajian of Effingham, Jessica (Brandon) Lewis of Cisne, Jed Bonham of Flora, Christina (Michael) Tangman of St Peter, Mo, Kindal (Aaron) Eastin of Olney, Brian (Mindy) Tackitt of Flora, Angela Conrad of Terre Haute, IN, and Brent (fiancé Stephanie) Tackitt of St. Charles, MO; 12 great-grandchildren; 3 step great-grandchildren; 2 brothers-in-law; and 2 sisters-in-law.  He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers-in-law.

     A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, November 12, 2018, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora with Anthony Oesch officiating.  Interment will follow in Oskaloosa Cemetery with Illinois State Police and Military Funeral Honors presented.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Indiana Autism Society and will be accepted through the funeral home.


Dorothy Henderson

Aug 9, 1927 - Jul 18, 2019

Lu Harned

Feb 8, 1947 - Jul 12, 2019

Vietta Bunker

Jun 27, 1947 - Jul 8, 2019

Steven Young

Jun 25, 1968 - Jul 3, 2019

Billie White

Feb 28, 1948 - Jul 2, 2019




Gratton and Marylynne Toliver

November 9th

So sorry to learn of your loss. Harley was a man we loved and respected for many years, in and out of music. Please know that we extend our love and deepest sympathy to Norma, Emily and the family at this time.

Bud and Linda Martin

November 9th

Our sympathies to the family. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for each of you.

Terry and Ruth Spicer

November 9th

So sorry for your loss! We always enjoyed visiting with him.

Becky Murbarger

November 9th

I was so sad to hear of your loss, my heart goes out to all of you! He was an amazing man! I can remember him sitting in his chair reading a book, wearing his state trooper uniform as well as his buck skins. I hope you find comfort in knowing he is at peace now!

Donnita Lewis

November 9th

I'm so sorry for your families loss. What a nice man he was. I will miss him Thanksgiving . Prayers.

Cheri and Laura Wildbur

November 9th

Our sympathies to the family. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will always remember Harley's love for his family, bluegrass music and history.

Sandy Cox Gansauer

November 9th

Aleta, I am so sorry for your family's loss. Praying for you all.

Linda Jones

November 9th

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for family.


November 9th

Very sorry to hear of the passing of Harley. He was a good man and neighbor of my folks, Frank and Jewell Stanford, in Flora. Sympathy and prayers to Norma and family.

Athena Hahn

November 9th

So sorry for your loss prayers for you and your family

Jim and Ardeth Freeman

November 9th

We're proud to have known Harley. He was a man of integrity and talented in so many ways. We often talked with him at the "hub" on bluegrass night about the history of Clay County and its residents of years ago. We wish to let his wife, Norma, and all of his family know they are in our thoughts and prayers.

George Huntington

November 10th

It was a pleasure to know and work with Harley. I just graduated from the state police training and was assigned to District 12 Effingham in 1967-68. Harley made me feel at ease and was always sincere. He was a good role model on and off the job!

Sammie Wickiser

November 10th

So very sorry to hear of his passing. A fine gentleman that gave me more than my fair share of "warning tickets". A friend of my father's (Dr. Max and Ruth Wickiser). Prayers to all of his family.

Charlie and Patty Peters

November 10th

So very sorry. You're in our prayers.

Jim and Cheryl McCarty

November 10th

We are so very sorry. Praying you find peace knowing he is with God his Father.

R. Medley Gatewood

November 10th

On my frequent visits back home to Flora over many years, I always enjoyed my time with Harley. We both shared our military adventures and our knowledge of the history of Clay County, Harley being the teacher and me being "the grasshopper" soaking up his wide-ranging expertise. I shall much miss those opportunitys to learn from "the Master." Farewell, good friend.


November 10th

I sure am so sorry to hear about Harley. He was a special man and Ralph and I enjoyed the years we played music together with you guys. You are in my prayers.

Nancy and Randy Hardy

November 10th

Praying for you all.

Mrs. Robert (Jean) McDaniel and family

November 10th

Aleta and Jim, so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with Harley and reading his books on the history of Clay County. He did a great service to the people of Clay County by writing about our history.

Kathy & Ed Colclasure, York, SC

November 10th

Jesse, Roger and Aleta ... So sorry to hear the passing of your father. He was, and certainly will be remembered, as a gentle man ... who could scare you senseless during the years he was a state patrolman. Wasn’t a person in Xenia who didn’t respect him, and certainly admired him, as well. We pray for all your family. With God’s helping hand and guidance, hopefully this difficult time will be made somewhat easier.

Kenny and Donna Kessler

November 10th

So sorry. We enjoyed jamming with him at Charlie Brown Park.

Larry Barbee

November 10th

So sorry to hear this and for your loss. I remember playing music with Harley and Norma on several occasions at the Bible Grove Opry.

Janice Schofield

November 10th

What a special person Harley was, he will be held in our hearts.

Doug and Debbie (Showalters) Slover

November 10th

So very sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers.

Valerie Wells Wilson and Lester Wells

November 11th

Norma and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Harley's passing. Our prayers are with you and we hope the knowledge that he is celebrating in heaven will help ease the loss. Love from us both.

Brenda and Brian Streif

November 11th

So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Karen Huddlestun family

November 11th

Your family is in our prayers and we cant say enough how sorry we are.All our love

Peggy Coble

November 11th

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

Beth (Billy) Van Matre

November 14th

Enjoyed your music so much at Xenia. Thanks for the beautiful music as I sang.

Asher Wathan

December 11th

So sorry for your lost. Prayers for the family.



Jean Guerrettaz
Larry and Sue Kramer
Walt and Doloris Brewer
Cindy and Roger Cook
Janet Britton
Linda(Harrell) Judd
Gratton and Marylynne Toliver
Bud and Linda Martin
Rick and Trudy Stanford
All 70's Reunion
Wayne Eastin & Diane Johnson
Mike, Sharon, Justin & James Rinehart
Bill Edmiston
Gene & Betty Pieplow
Brian, Mindy, Lincoln, and Ledger Tackitt
Jerry "Butch" Erwin
Becky Pierson Williams
Joe and Barb McGrew
Tina Henson Branham
Randy and Susan Block
David & Judy Bryden
Tom and Button Pemberton
Mike & Karen Pickel
Randy & Lisa Hargis
Dana and Janet Franklin
Margie Bogle
Tara Race
Artdean,Angelia Warren&family
Randy and Donna Payne
Marty, Nancy & Sterling Thompson
Ed and Ruth Trowbridge
Doug & Candice Smith
Barb Williams
Larry Frost
Ron and Mary Anne Ayers
Becky Murbarger
Terry and Ruth Spicer
Clay Snyder
Sharon David
Bill& Kay Kitley
Russell and Denise Anderson
Ron & Nancy McGee
Randy & Peggy Borcherding
Harvey & Sandra Cash
Betty Tucker Simmons
Donnita Lewis
Jeremy & Kelli Wildbur
Jim & Brenda Thompson
Cheri Laughlin Wildbur
Laura Wildbur
Mark & Gloria Wildbur
Lester MaryTackitt
Don, Jane, and Darren Delaney
Dean and Jill Lewis
Howard and Connie Wyman
Ron & Pam Jeffers
Dena Cain
Jim and Ardeth Freeman
Sheldon & June Smith
Delberta Bowen
Leah and David Forth
Walter & Barb Cantrell
Jim and Cheryl McCarty
John & Marla Corry
Cheri and David Cook
Mike and Kathy Kitley
Dewayne & Linda Lawrence
Butch & Velma Akes
Gary and Rita Cooper
Debra Spillman
Mrs. Robert McDaniel and family
Jim & Janice Frost
Mike & Emily Putbrese
Larry & Sue Williams
Kenny and Sherrie Sessions
Tina Curtis
Gary & Nancy Pearce
Kathy & Ed Colclasure
Bob and Marlene Smith
Jim and Linda Grove
Karen Huddlestun family
Gary and Pam Sessions
Greg & Lisa Acree
Bob and Beth Hilliard
Peggy Coble
David and Jeanne Duke
Jean Taylor
Neal & Janet Fehrenbacher
Alan & Charlotte Hickox
Dennis Goodman
Marilyn Stanford
Debbie (Van Matre) Fickas


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