Obituary for Timothy Bonner

Timothy Elliott Bonner, age 51, life-long resident of Northfield, died in his home on the Laura Baker campus Friday, May 3, 2019, of kidney failure. The last eight months of his life were spent in hospice care.Tim was born to Bob and Barbara Bonner on February 1, 1968. By the time he was a year old it was clear that he struggled with serious handicaps, both mental and physical, but doctors, teachers, and therapists were unable to produce a working diagnosis. When he was eight, his mother, after years of relentless study, recognized that Tim suffered from autism. Tim then […]

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Timothy Elliott Bonner, age 51, life-long resident of Northfield, died in his home on the Laura Baker campus Friday, May 3, 2019, of kidney failure. The last eight months of his life were spent in hospice care.Tim was born to Bob and Barbara Bonner on February 1, 1968. By the time he was a year old it was clear that he struggled with serious handicaps, both mental and physical, but doctors, teachers, and therapists were unable to produce a working diagnosis. When he was eight, his mother, after years of relentless study, recognized that Tim suffered from autism. Tim then became a member of the generation who introduced this disability to parents and professionals all across the country. His life remained difficult, as everyone worked to learn how to recognize and respond appropriately to the way he understood the world.
Tim lived at home with his family until the age of twenty, when he moved to Laura Baker. He continued in close and loving relationship with his parents and through them he remained a well-known member of the Northfield community. He also attended Northfield High School and spent nearly thirty years working with the people of EPIC Enterprise in Dundas. His abundant personality will be missed by hundreds of people.
Tim is survived by his parents, by his uncles and aunts: Dave and Sue Bonner of Powell, WY, Jim and Julianne Bonner of Casper, WY, Anne Bonner of Santa Cruz, CA, and Jim and Barbara Luther of Aztec, NM; and by twelve cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister Jennifer, the sunshine of the first twenty years of his life, who died in 1988.
Tim’s family will always be grateful to the staff at Laura Baker, in particular the staff of Wright Cottage who cared for him so carefully and lovingly, especially the last year of his life. The family also wants to thank the many friends of Tim’s life who visited him during his time in hospice.
A memorial service will be held at the First United Church of Christ in Northfield on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. and a reception will follow. Memorials may be directed to Laura Baker Services Association, 211 Oak St., Northfield 55057.

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Funeral

May 11, 2019 - 2:00 PM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
First United Church of Christ
300 Union St Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

5 Comments

  1. Scott Schuenke

    My heart aches at his loss. We shared many adventures whilst in school rovether. Timmy was the first person who could always keep me down to earth. I was truly blessed to have known him in my youth. I’m so glad I had the time to know him through school. Until I moved away. I’m gonna miss ya me timmy, I hope for your sake that now your able to be at complete peice!!!! You truly deserve it. Please say hi to your sister who’s waiting for You with open arm. Bob n Barbra, in asking for eternal piece that things can lookup and know your kids are finally outta pain. And now you need to move on with your lives as they both would want you too.y’all had 2 beautiful children and now they’re at piece.

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  2. Charlene Hamblin

    Sending heartfelt condolences to Bob and Barbara, and the Bonner family.

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  3. Mari Sorgatz

    Dearest Barb & Bob, I am truly sorry about Tims passing! I will miss my visits with him. His hugs, kisses, coochie coo’s he would do to my neck, pulling my long sleeves down, his Ahhh, Mari’s, his smile, his I love you’s, snuggling him, being in his presence would bring a smile to my face! Paw Patrol will ALWAYS be Tim!! I will ALWAYS miss him!! I love Tim, always have and always will!! I take comfort that Jenny was there for Tim, and he promised to give me a huge hug, when it’s my time!! I hope it gives you some comfort, in how much your beautiful son means to SO many people!! I love you both!!!!

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  4. Megan Perry-Spears ‘94

    I am holding you all in the Light and send love to Barb and Bob.

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  5. Mark Kline

    Barb and Bob,

    It truly saddens me to hear about Tim. I loved his wit and the time I got to spend with him. It taught me so much and I often talk about the time I spent with him. I am sorry that I got this post late. Please let me know if there is a memorial I can contribute to.

    With prayers and condolences

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