The Rev. Keith Bond
May 13, 1957 ‒ November 06, 2017
BELLVILLE: The Rev. Keith A. Bond, age 60 of Bellville passed away Monday evening, November 6, 2017.
He was born May 13, 1957 in Mansfield the son of Romie and Lois (Wells) Bond and was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1975.
Following high school, Keith served one year in the U.S. Air Force where he was honorably discharged for health reasons.
Keith worked 11 years as a security guard at Mansfield General Hospital which allowed him to pursue his career in ministry. He began his education at Circleville Bible College, also attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University and graduated from Florida International Seminary with his Bachelor’s Degree in Theology. Keith earned his Master’s Degree of Arts in Ministry from Lael College.
On May 7, 1977 he married Carla M. Hannum at Wesleyan Church where Keith was teaching Sunday School. He accepted a youth pastor position at the Christian Union Church on Kentucky Avenue in Mansfield working there until 1988. At that time he began preaching the Gospel at Pleasant Grove Community Church until 1992, when he started Cornerstone Christian Fellowship. Sharing God’s Word led Keith to pastor at Central Kentucky Youth Academy and after served as pulpit supply and guest speaker at several local churches. From nearly ten years Keith served as Pastor at Life Link Nazarene Church in Marion, and later as Pastor at Tri-State Youth Academy. More recently Keith worked with Rick McCartney at Galion Nazarene Church and Jim Carder at Pathways Nazarene Church, and also served as Chaplain for Hospice of North Central Ohio.
Blessed with the gift of music, Keith enjoyed the guitar as well as singing. He formed his own group his daughters by his side accompanying him on vocals and keyboard, performing Gospel music, though Keith enjoyed rock jam sessions with his friends and daughters.
With appreciation for martial arts, Keith received his 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 1985 under the instruction of Gary Music and also helped instruct on the weekends. He also practiced Jiu Jitsu under Tom Comisford and received his Brown Belt and was just shy of earning his black belt.
Keith had a strange and quirky sense of humor sometimes laughing inappropriately at jokes others didn’t get. But he loved to laugh…another quality he shared with his daughters. He also loved hiking with his wife and being outside in God’s country, especially at Mohican. He will be remembered for his kindness, never saying a bad word against anyone, and for being a wonderful counselor and friend. Most importantly, Keith’s priority and love in life was his wife, daughters and grandchildren, spending every free moment with them, never letting them doubt his devotion to them all.
In addition to his wife of 40 years, Keith is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law Allison and Jason Auck of Apple Valley, Amanda and Todd Kauffman of St. Francisville, LA; five grandchildren, who were the apple of his eye and called him PaPa, Abigail, Jonah and Logan Auck, and Victoria and Presley Kauffman; sisters and brothers and their spouses Vicki Davis of KY, Dale Bond of Mansfield, James “Jimmy” Bond of KY, and Elizabeth and Tony Webster of Mansfield; brothers-in-law and sisters-in law Jean and David Meeker of Mansfield, Kelly Noce of Mansfield, Shelly Noce of Zanesville, and Tim and Cheryl Hannum of PA; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends in Christ.
His parents preceded him in death along with brothers-in-law John Davis and Steve Hannum, and a sister-in-law Vicki Petry.
Friends may call Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 2-5 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where the Celebration of Life honoring The Rev. Keith A. Bond will follow at 5 pm.
Memorial contributions in honor of the family of Keith may be made to Snyder Funeral Home.
To leave a message of condolence or view Keith’s tribute video please visit: www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.
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