Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 15, 2013

Gene Leroy Bonino

TRAVERSE CITY — Gene Leroy Bonino, 77, of Traverse City, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Munson Medical Center, with his wife at his side.

Gene was born on March 17, 1936, in Dearborn, to the late Tom and Ruth (VanFleet) Bonino. He married Joan Martell on Aug. 18, 1962.

Gene honorably served our country in the United States Army.

Following his time in the service Gene worked for many years in the advertising industry in Detroit. He also enjoyed his cattle farm north of Detroit and watching his children show cattle in 4-H. He was employed for a short time at Turtle Creek Casino, where he was a supervisor.

In retirement Gene enjoyed fishing daily on Bass Lake in Traverse City.

Surviving Gene are his wife, Joan; children, Gene Jr. (Laura) Bonino, of Kentucky, Robert (Krista) Bonino, of Kentucky, Andra (Charlie) Shobe, of Ohio, and Holly (Cory) Mikowski, of Washington State; grandchildren, Candace, Ali, Angelina, Jessica, Nicholas and Rose; a beloved dog, Minnie; and many other loving family members and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Please direct gifts in Gene’s name to Munson Medical Center Webber Heart Center.

Please sign Gene’s online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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