Charles J. Bonte was born in Rock County, Minnesota, on the farm on April 16, 1925, to Charles and Elva Bonte. He attended country school and from there graduated from Garretson High in 1943. After high school he joined the Navy, serving in the South Pacific during World War II.
Charles married Irene Nelson on February 7, 1947. Irene passed away on January 7, 1988. He owned and operated his own trucking business in the Garretson area for 20 years. After selling his business, he worked for the Garretson Elevator, retiring as the manager of the Sherman Elevator in 1987. On May 16, 1992, Charles married Elsie Larson in Jasper, Minnesota.
He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post #628 of Sioux Falls and H.G. Fix Post #23 of Garretson, a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, a member of the Garretson and Ihlen, Minnesota, Senior Citizens Center and a lifetime member of the D.A.V.
Charles is survived by his wife, Elsie; four sons: Steve and Karen Bonte; Darrel and his wife Marcia, both of Garretson; Kenneth and his wife Deborah of Beresford; David and his wife Deborah of Garretson; his two daughters: Mrs. Bill (Cathy) Benson of Sherman; Mrs. Rick (Lurene) Vandersnick, of Garretson; two step – children; Mary Willaby of Mt. Lake, Minnesota; and Randi Ebsen of Brookings; one sister, Mrs. George (Marjorie) Sakry of Sherman; 15 grandchildren; four step – grandchildren; one great – grandchild and many nephews and one niece.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Irene, mother of his children, and one step – grandson.
Services were held Friday, March 1, 1996, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Garretson, with Father John Reidman officiating. Soloist was Patti Koens and organist was Lolene Barber. Honorary casket bearers were all of his grandchildren. Casket bearers were Gary Sakry, Jim Sakry, William McKenna, Duane Sakry and Allan Hanson. Interment was at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Garretson, with Minnehaha Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Dell Rapids Tribune March 6, 1996 Dell Rapids, Minnehaha County, South Dakota