Donald Edward Bonahoom, 99, of Great Falls, passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Cremation has been entrusted to Croxford Funeral Home. A dual Graveside Service for Donald and his daughter, Patricia Eastman, will be held on Friday, June 11th at 1:00 PM at Manchester Cemetery.
Born June 10, 1921 in Great Falls to Walter and Kathrine (Rapp) Bonahoom, Donald attended local schools, setting a Montana high school javelin toss record before graduating from Great Falls High School in 1940. He attended Washington State College before joining the U. S. Navy for several years until his honorable discharge June 10, 1943, then joined the U. S. Army on Oct. 12, 1943 until his honorable discharge December 3, 1945. He married Gynell Chloe Hale on June 7, 1945 at Our Lady of Lourdes in Great Falls. Along the way they were blessed with two children, Donald L. and Patricia Ann, and remained together for 61 years until her passing in 2006.
Don worked at the local Safeway Food Store in Great Falls for a time before joining the military. At one point he owned and operated a food store in Vaughn, MT, worked at the Anaconda Smelter/Wire Mill and also worked for Falls Furniture. He enjoyed throwing the javelin, boxing and horse racing. His greatest love however was his family, and spending time with his grandchildren, greats and great-greats!
Survivors include his son, Donald L. (Linda) Bonahoom; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren.
Those who preceded him in death include his beloved wife, Gynell and daughter, Patricia Ann Eastman.
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