John F. Boner

October 29, 1918 ‒ August 20, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

John F. Boner, 99, of Mansfield passed away Monday morning, August 20, 2018 at home following an extended illness.

John was born October 29, 1918 in Fredericktown the son of Bun and Martha (Sherrow) Boner.  He attended Butler High School and after participated in the Civilians Conservation Corps in Montana (a public work relief program that provided work to young men on the tail end of the Great Depression).

Soon enlisting in the Army, during WWII John was stationed all over Africa and Europe with the 142nd Infantry, 36 Division  Texas T-Patchers, and was the first foot soldier from Richland County to have boots on the ground in Europe.  Following three and a half years of service John was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, Presidential Citation with Cluster, and seven battle stars.  Back home, Alleen ”June” Tolliver, had sent her love and support of him through correspondence, the two sharing letters back and forth for two years.  Upon John’s discharge from the military, John and June were married November 3, 1945 and would have celebrated 70 years of marriage before her passing in 2015.

He worked 35 years at Tappan retiring in the early 80’s.  During retirement, he loved golfing almost daily at Valley View golf course, and had great interest in steam threshers.  He took his steam engine to various shows and was a founding member of the Richland County Steam Thresher’s Association.  In more recent times, John enjoyed reading books and watching movies about WWII.

Strong and stubborn to the very end, John was a life member of the Mansfield VFW Post #3494, and the American Legion Post #535, Bellville.

He is survived by daughters Patty J. (Roger) Sqrow of Mansfield, Ruth E. Bonner of Galion, Laura E. Boner of Mansfield, and adopted daughter Cheryl LeMaster of Mansfield; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a son Melvin J. Boner; and four siblings.

The family will receive friends Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be  Friday at 11 am with visiting the hour prior.  Chaplain Dallas Waggle will officiate and burial with military honors by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Kindred Hospice or the Richland County Humane Society may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Prayers to the daughters Laura Cheryl Ruth and My mother in law Patty . May he Rest In Peace with your beautiful Mom . I’ve know Grandpa Boner for 12 years Very intelligent man and funny loved to hear his stories. Prayers to the rest of our family
    Love ,
    Tina Sqrow

  • Very sorry for the loss of John.. We grew up beside him as a kid in high school and always watched him hit golf balls in the side Lot.. Great family great memories prayers with you

  • I am sorry I didn’t know him better, because I would have loved to hear of his time in the SERVICE of our country! Rest peacefully John!

  • Dear Boner Family,

    I need to tell you that my family and I are going to miss John very much. It was one heck of a journey through Our shared experiences that we will definitely cherish for a long to come. Like most of you know me as a friendly person , I can honestly say I had to gain your mom’s friendship first as a neighbor before I moved to try gain some trust with your Dad. I think he allowed me eventually to go by myself to steal golf balls out of the basement so maybe that’s when I think I had him. Yes, I had the best of time listening to his great stories of the WWII which John covered so much in details that I became addictive to follow him as though if I was there in some time bubble.
    In the end, it was bitter sweet of being privileged to have helped him understand some of the crazy changes in this world presently. I like his style of thinking critical even though it was always a little different to me, Lord knows there was a forty-eighty years gap between our lives…..
    As I conclude entirely, I wanted to know that I am truly sorry for your loss and we will one day reunite with John to give him a pat on the back for the job well done for his country and especially for the great family he has left behind.

  • He was and is a great man love to listen to him talk about the war. He was a good friend to all who knew him I know his daughter Laura My prayers for you all

  • Dear Laura, Ruth, Cheryl–and family–
    Our sympathy on the loss of your Dad .Altho we didn’t ever meet him in person, the stories we heard from you about his amazing life journey gave us such an insight into the man he was that we felt as if we knew him. A life well lived, for sure..From his service to our country, his many years at Tappan–his love of golf and his dedication to his family–and yes, even his grumpiness–all made him the person you loved…May he now rest in peace, united with your Mom.

    Love,
    Jackie and the rest of the Schuster family

  • I dont know you all but my Dad was in the 36th in WWII and I miss him so much. He was my hero. I am sure Mr Boner was a hero too. My condolences.