Wilbur Bon, 78, former Leavenworth mayor dies
Jun 17 1981
LEAVENWORTH – Wilbur F. Bon, 78, civic leader, former mayor and 40-year resident of Leavenworth, died Wednesday morning at Cascade General Hospital.
He was born Oct. 25, 1902, at Oakdale, Neb., where he grew up and attended school. He graduated from high school in 1920 and later moved to Omaha, Neb., where he attended the University of Nebraska.
Mr. Bon worked in Omaha, Chicago and Denver in the wholesale grocery business. In 1928 he moved to Fresno, Calif., where he worked as a brakeman for the Santa Fe Railway. In 1935 he returned to Oakdale, where he married Alverda Hopkins on April 22, 1935.
The farmed at Oakdale until 1941, when they moved to Leavenworth. In Leavenworth, Mr. Bon was employed by Dr. H.L. Hopkins at the Cascade Sanitarium and continued to work at the Cascade Hospital as maintenance engineer until his retirement in 1971.
Mr. Bon was active in civic affairs, serving as a Leavenworth city councilman for nine years and as mayor from 1961 until 1971. He served on the library board, was a member of the Leavenworth Community United Methodist Church and the church board, the Lions Club, Royal Bavarians and the Cascade General Hospital board, where he served as chairman until last March.
Survivors include his wife, Alverda, at home; one daughter, Sandra Akina, Kona, Hawaii; one sister, Helen Manneville, Omaha, Neb., and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.
Ward’s Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth, is in charge of arrangements.
WILBUR F. BON – Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon in the Ward’s Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Magnuson and the Rev. Lawton Griffith officiating. Those who wish may make memorials in his name to the Cascade General Hospital Memorial Fund. Concluding services and the interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery with arrangements by Ward’s Funeral Chapel.