Byron L. Bondurant

Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Former Soldotna resident Byron L. Bondurant, 84, died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at The Friendship Village of Columbus, Ohio.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in the Myron Van Horn Chapel of Sanford-Eichholtz Funeral Home, Lakeview, Ohio, where visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28. Burial will be in Willow Branch Cemetery near Waynesfield. Graveside services will also be for his brothers, Dale and Robert in conjunction with Mr. Bondurant's burial. Pastor Bryan Meadows will officiate.

Mr. Bondurant was born in Lima, Ohio on Nov. 11, 1925, a son of the late Earl Smith and Joy Konetz Gesler Bondurant.

On Feb. 28, 1944, he married Lovetta "Betty" Alexander Bondurant in Waynesfield. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a graduate of Ohio State University. He received his masters degree from the University of Connecticut and he studied for his PHD at Purdue University. He worked for the Peace Corps while in Sierra Leone and in Somalia for the United Nations and in India for the Ford Foundation and U.S.A.I.D. He was a professor at the Universities of Connecticut, Delaware, and was the Department Head of Agricultural Engineering in Maine.

Mr. Bondurant was preceded in death by brothers, Don, Sherwood, Dale and Robert; and a stillborn son, Alan Clay Bondurant.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Connie Jane Jaycox, of Columbus and Cindy Lynn (Bill) Oxyer, of Mechanicsburg; son, Richard Thayne (Brenda Jean) Bondurant, of Corinth, Vermont; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 11 nieces and nephews.

The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Odessey Hospice, Columbus.

Arrangements were made by Sanford Funeral Homes, Myron Van Horn Chapel, Lakeview, Ohio.

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