Bill J. Bond, 76, of Gardner, KS, passed away July 30, 2011 at his home.
Bill was born September 2, 1934 in Kansas City, KS to Guy Otto and Stella Mae (Percival) Bond. He graduated from Wyandotte High School and KU Pharmacy School. Bill married Mary Ellen Huonker on February 7, 1954 in Bonner Springs, KS. They moved to Gardner in 1975.
He was a business owner including Gardner (formerly Bonds) Pharmacy, the Gardner News and The Spring Hill New Era, Gardner grocery store (formerly Oyer’s), a video store and Mexican restaurant Habanero’s. Bill and Mary Ellen Bond were ardent western dancers and at one time owned Whiskey River, a combination restaurant/dance club in Olathe. He was instrumental in the founding of Gardner National Bank.
He was a member of the Gardner Lions, American Legion and the KC Masonic Lodge. He was instrumental in founding the current Gardner Chamber of Commerce, was a former president and Citizen of the Year.
Bill had a wonderful and loving spirit; he was a self-made man, hardworking, honest and involved behind the scenes. He would often extend credit in groceries or prescriptions to those in need, never asking for recognition.
He made many contributions to the Gardner community including the land where the current Gardner City Hall is located and purchasing the former Gardner Beach house for restoration. Long time community members have many pleasant memories of Bill including riding his bike around town collecting information for the newspaper and assisting the Chamber in dropping errant promotional ping pong balls from an airplane.
Bill was generous with his friends and family; always offering support or advice. He was an astute businessman, never failing to lend a helping hand. He had a ready wit and an infectious smile. He loved western music, and his friends knew him to kick up his heels in a dance step when happy. He enjoyed cooking and made jelly from grapes growing in his back yard.
The Bond’s had a cabin at Lake of the Ozarks where they enjoyed spending time with neighbors, friends, extended family and grandchildren cooking and enjoying water sports. Bill also liked spending quiet time reading, keeping up to date with friends by e mail and Facebook or following his beloved KU basketball team. While in the hospital once, he duly noted on Facebook that if he couldn’t watch KU play, he would check himself out and go home. The hospital complied.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Mary Ellen in 2010, and siblings Maxine Ballard, Edward and LeRoy Bond. Bill is survived by his daughters Denise Ellen Bond of Olathe, KS and Lynda Gale White of Gardner, KS; son Keith Alan Bond of Edgerton, KS; sister Viola Bradbury of Edwardsville, KS six grandchildren: Guy Krenger (Billy Bond), Garland John White, Buck Bond, Rachel Smith, Nicole Bond, Kasey White, Stacy Garza and ten great-grandchildren
Jordan Krenger, Reality Smith, Taylor Krenger, Gage Smith, Dominic Walters, John White, Tyler Peterson, Jacob White, Olivia Garza and Dylan Walker.
Bill and Mary Ellen Bond always opened their hearts and home to others; they were much loved and will be missed by all those within their extended family circle.
Graveside Inurnment Services will be 10:00 am Friday, August 12, 2011 at Gardner Cemetery. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS 913-856-7111. Memorial Contributions may be given to the Community Family Support Service Fund. Condolences may be sent to