Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 17, 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, Mich. 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 is 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, Sophia, Angelina, Jessica, Nicholas, and Rose, and a beloved dog Minnie and many other loving family member and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later time. 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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