Bonner Floyd Geddie
Bonner Floyd Geddie
  • December 8, 1928 - September 29, 2017
  • Roanoke, Texas

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Bonner Floyd Geddie was born December 8, 1928 in Van, Texas. He passed away September 29, 2017 in North Richland Hills, Texas from complications of pneumonia. Bonner was preceded in death by his wife Evangeline, his parents, Bonner and Mary (Stough) Geddie, and brothers Gaino Geddie, Buford Geddie and Ralph Geddie. He is survived by his daughter Bonnie Tschetter and husband Carlon; son Matthew Geddie and wife Joyce; son Sam Geddie and wife Jennie; and son Luke Geddie and wife Shelley; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren.

Bonner and his family moved from Van to Dallas, Texas when he was 12. He later attended Woodrow Wilson High School and graduated in 1946. After high school he attended Texas Technological College (later becoming Texas Tech University) in Lubbock, Texas where he graduated in 1950 with a degree in Petroleum Geology. He worked as a geologist for Sinclair Oil from June 1950 to December 1950 when he entered the Army. Bonner was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and served in the Army Air Corps as an L-19 pilot. While in the Army, he met and married his wife Evangeline in 1952 while stationed near Indianapolis, IN. He then served in the Korean War flying artillery spotters over enemy positions. He would fly just above the tree tops, snaking in and out of the valleys on the battlefield looking for targets. Most notably, he flew one of the last missions over Pork Chop Hill and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor. When asked about his war time memories, Bonner would mention that when his plane was fired on by the enemy it sounded like popcorn popping (he flew so low he was only a target for small arms fire). Bonnie was born in 1953 while Bonner was stationed in Korea. Following the Korean War, he decided he did not want to stay in the Army or continue as a geologist so he began working as a salesman for Union Carbide in 1954 covering the territory of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Also, it was the best paying job at the time that provided a company car. Bonner and Evangeline began by living in Austin, TX followed by Dallas, TX (where Matt was born in 1955) Albuquerque, NM and Oklahoma City, OK (where Sam was born in 1961) and back to Dallas (where Luke was born in 1963). He transitioned from selling batteries and anti-freeze to macaroni and spaghetti when he left Union Carbide in 1965 to work for Skinner Macaroni in Omaha, Nebraska as the National Field Sales Manager. He continued in that position until 1978 when he moved back to Dallas, TX to become a partner in a food brokerage firm. He continued as a food broker until he retired in 1993.

Bonner biggest passions were his family and His Savior. He became a Christian while in his 30s and its affect on him was life changing. He was deeply concerned that not only his children, but every member of his family knew the Lord. He made sure his family attended Bible believing churches and sought to share his faith with those he worked with and those he met. Often after coming back from a business trip he would talk about someone with whom he had shared God’s plan of salvation through Christ. Mom and Dad loved their churches hosting many home Bible studies through the years and getting involved in other ways. In his later years, Bonner continued to reach out to others by sending inspirational emails to friends and family in his email contact list.

Bonner and Evangeline also loved to travel. The family took many car trips, including many to Colorado, with all four kids rolling around in the back of their car or a borrowed station wagon unbuckled (it was a different era back in those days). They were able to visit much of the world through Bonner’s many sales conventions and sales awards. Their favorite destination, though, was Hawaii which they thoroughly enjoyed. Later they took many cruises which Evangeline loved because, as she would often say, “You only have to unpack once!” Bonner and Evangeline loved to dance and after Evangeline passed away, Bonner continued dancing to stay fit and connected socially and had quite a reputation as a great dancer.

Dad in many ways was larger than life to all his kids and grandkids. He was very outgoing, never met a stranger, was strong and opinionated, deeply patriotic and always had a plan. He approached life with great energy and purpose. He was a voracious reader, possibly reading a book a week, read widely on the internet, was well informed and always had a hunger to discover and know more. He wanted nothing more than to provide the best life possible for his family and the Lord most definitely gave him the desire of his heart.

Our dad’s example to us is one of complete devotion to our Savior with a passion for God’s Word and a heart to share Him with absolutely everyone who crossed his path. He can say along with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim.4:7) Dad always liked to remind us, “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” 2 Cor. 5:8

A chapter has closed here on earth but a new one is just beginning in heaven!

A Grave Side Service will be held at DFW National Cemetery on Friday, September 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm. A Memorial Reception is to follow at Trophy Club Country Club from 1:45 pm to 4:45 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Covenant Community Church 2250 Yukon Parkway, Yukon, OK 73099.....