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2000 47th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80634
Phone: 970-353-1212
Fax: 970-353-4881
Eugene Bonkiewicz

Gene

Saturday, May 19th, 1923 - Saturday, September 28th, 2019
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Eugene (“Gene”) B. Bonkiewicz, 96, a longtime resident of Greeley, CO, entered into eternal life on September 28, 2019 after an extended illness. Gene was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Gloria (Peetz) Bonkiewicz.

Gene was a proud and accomplished member of the Greatest Generation. He was born in North Loup, NE, in 1923, and spent his early years on the family farm. As a Navy carrier pilot during World War II, Gene participated in the flyover of the Japanese surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay in 1945. After the war, Gene farmed with his brothers south of Sidney, NE, until he began a highly successful career in banking. His banking career started in Sidney, and included stops in Chadron, NE, Cheyenne, WY, and Fort Morgan, CO, and culminated as a bank president in LaSalle, CO. After banking, Gene began a second career as a highly respected investment advisor.

In his spare time, Gene was an accomplished woodworker. Over the years, he crafted numerous original and unique items for his children, his ever-growing number of grandchildren, and extended family members and friends. Gene was also active in the Greeley “T-Bone” club, Knights of Columbus, and Lions Club. He also was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where he served as a lector and Eucharistic minister. In his spare time, he always enjoyed playing cards with his poker buddies.

Gene is survived by his four children and their spouses: Dianne (daughter) and Terry Moran of Dublin, OH; Michael (son) and Debra Bonkiewicz of Greeley, CO; Leesa (daughter) and Tommy Anthony of Fort Worth, TX; and Daniel (son) and Christi Bonkiewicz of Frisco, TX; as well as his ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, October 10 with rosary at 7 p.m., both at Adamson Life Celebration Home, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Gene’s honor at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greeley on Friday, October 11, at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be at the family plot in Sidney, NE, on Saturday, October 12.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gene’s memory can be made to: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, 12221 Merit Drive, Suite 1950, Dallas, TX 75251.

Friends may leave condolences at AdamsonCares.com.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 10th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, October 10th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Adamson Celebration Center
    Address
    2000 47th Avenue
    Greeley, Colorado 80634
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  • Rosary Service

    Thursday, October 10th, 2019 | 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, October 10th, 2019 7:00pm
    Location
    Adamson Celebration Center
    Address
    2000 47th Avenue
    Greeley, Colorado 80634
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  • Service

    Friday, October 11th, 2019 | 11:30am
    When
    Friday, October 11th, 2019 11:30am
    Location
    St. Mary Catholic Church
    Address
    2222 23rd Avenue
    GREELEY, CO 80631
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  • Interment

    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 | 11:30am
    When
    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 11:30am
    Location
    Greenwood Cemetery
    Address
    2 Greenwood Road
    Sidney, Nebraska
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Nancy Hiett

Posted at 07:54pm
My heart is sad that Gene is gone. So, so many memories and all of them filled with laughter and fun. I will miss him. God bless his family.
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Kathy Moran

Posted at 08:16pm
We all loved Gene!
I especially remember him for his spectacular skills in woodworking, and the abundance of gifts he so lovingly crafted for his family and friends. So many treasures!
Keeping you all in my prayers. Love, Kathy Moran
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