Frank was born in Beaumont on Nov. 28, 1920, where he grew up in a loving and lively Italian household. He served combat duty in World War II, as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Force and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal as an aerial engineer gunner in B-17 and B-29 bombers. He was a proud veteran, receiving an Air Medal with two clusters, the Southwest Pacific Ribbon and the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with four battle stars. In recent years, he spoke often about his time in the military.
Over the years, he owned two small businesses and held several career positions, but his passion was editing and publishing small town newspapers.
He enjoyed reading, writing stories, sailing and spending time with family.
Frank is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ola Joyce Bonura; a son, Frank Edward Bonura Jr. and wife Hope Northrup; three daughters, Suzanne Schultz and husband Robert, Mary Cain and husband Kent, Nannette Brewer and husband Jerry; grandchildren Britt Stone and husband David, Toni Waller and husband Ray; great- grandchildren, Hannah and Zachary Stone and Memphis Waller. He is also survived by his brother, Joe Lee Bonura and wife Anna.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank F. Bonura and Annie Lee Bonura; stepmother, Ruby Bonura; a brother, Jerry Lynn Bonura; two sisters, Mae Elizabeth “Bunt” Bonura and Mary Louise Meyers.
A private memorial service, honoring Frank’s life, will be held in Rockdale – followed by a celebration of life event in Bolivar next spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Holly Hall Retirement Community, hollyhall.org or the Houston Hospice, houstonhospice.org.