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Alfred Leroy Bonar


September 20, 2018

Alfred Leroy Bonar passed away August 31, 2018, in Rapid City, S.D., from complications from a stroke.

Alfred was born May 7, 1959, in Riverton, Wyo. He was raised in Kemmerer, Wyo., and graduated from Sheridan, Wyo. Al approached everything he did with purpose, whether it was working, driving, or partying. Baja Bonar was his nickname. He worked many years in the oil field, as a mill right, and finally as a welder specializing in fabrication. Some would say he was a jack of all trades.

The place on Earth closest to Al's heart was The Fontenelle Basin out of Kemmerer. He would have made a good mountain man and was well known to quit jobs to go elk hunting. He dearly loved hunting, fishing, and campfires. He always had a story to tell or a yarn to spin. Al was deeply appreciative of veterans and never failed to thank them for their service. He has great respect the flag, Old Glory. He also had an unfailing love for animals, especially blue heelers.

Al is survived by his mother, Sybil Hannah; sons, Allan (Jennifer) Bonar and BJ Teuscher; sister, Viola (Don) Gardner; his M.O.W., Jennifer Smathers; several grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous step-brothers, step-sisters, step-children; many nieces and nephews; and all his North Dakota family.

He is preceded in death by his father, Arthur Bonar; grandparents; sisters, Debra and Edna; nephew, Jerrid; and step-father, Lee Hannah.

Funeral service were held September 6 at Family Life Church in Gillette with Pastor Marty Crump officiating. Burial followed in Thermopolis at Monument Hill. Bryan Funeral assisted with arrangements. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at


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