Born: July 23, 1924
Died: February 12, 2012
Bonnie Roark, 87, of Fountain City, IN died at Reid Hospital Sunday, February 12, 2012 after a short illness.
He was born July 23, 1924, in Estill County, KY, the son of Joseph B and Opha Mae Mullens Roark. He moved to Randolph Co, IN as an infant. He attended Spartanburg High School in Spartanburg IN, until enlisting in the Army in WWII. He served with the710th Tank Battalion from 1943 to 1946 in the South Pacific. For his valor in combat, he was awarded the Victory Medal, the Medal of Service, The American Theater Ribbon, and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Star, the Philippine Liberations Ribbon with one Bronze Star, and a Good Conduct Medal.
He married Margaret Ellen Funk Roark Feb 20, 1946. He worked for Richmond Sewage Plant, Gennett Records, and Link-o-matic. He owned and operated Alpha Water Conditioning from 1968 to 2000.
He served on the Fountain City Town Council, was a member of the American Legion of Richmond, Harry Ray Post, past member of the Richmond Kiwanis, the Wayne County CB Club, and was active with Fountain City Businessmen.
Bonnie was a long- time member of the Fountain City Lions Club and was active with the district 25F Camp Woodsmoke, serving on the Board of Trustees for more than 30 years. He was the voice of the annual Levi Coffin Days in Fountain City. He received the Lions President’s Award in 1977, the Distinguished Service Award in 1986, and the Melvin Jones Award in 1993.
He was recognized as Who’s Who in Business in 1997 and 1999. He was honored to receive his high school diploma from Randolph Southern High School in 2009 as a WWII Veteran.
Bonnie was the 8th of 17 children. He leaves behind his girlfriend, Mary Lou Griffey, his brothers Hubert (wife Flora) Roark of Centerville, OH, Roy Roark of Greenville OH, James (wife Virginia) of Richmond, Tony Roark of Union City, IN, and Neil (wife Lynn) of Lynn IN: sister Barbara Roark Williams of Cynthiana KY, and his cousins David Morton and Don Morton of Richmond, several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Margaret (2008) and brothers Clide, Chester, Fred, Finley, and Lloyd and sisters Anna Roark, Ethel Roark, Patricia Roark Dotson , Retha Roark Swift, and Nellie Roark Skiver.
The memorial service will be at 10 am, Friday, Feb 17th at Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home with Max Knight officiating. Burial will be at Gettysburg Cemetery in Gettysburg, OH with full military honors. Friends may call from 4-8 pm Thursday, Feb 16th at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fountain City Lions Club , PO Box 223, Fountain City IN or Camp Woodsmoke, c/o Jerry Smith, 7739 E County Road 500 N, Milan, IN 47031.
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