Samuel Joseph "Bones" Bonus

April 20, 1936 ~ October 31, 2018 (age 82)


Samuel Joseph  “Bones” Bonus

“Loving Husband and Father”


Samuel Joseph “Bones” Bonus, 82, of Buffalo Township passed away peacefully on Wednesday October 31, 2018 in his home.

He was born April 20, 1936 in Washington the son of the late John and Caroline Kopko Bonus.

He was a graduate of Washington High School having received his diploma while serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

During his military service in the United States Air Force, he served as an Air Policeman.

Samuel was a lover and very well loved.  He took pride in his nine horses, his Colleen, his ten beautiful children and every dog he ever owned.  He will be remembered by many as an avid outdoorsman, western rider, coffee drinker, novel reader, Steelers fan or by simply “Bones”.  Being an excellent father to ten children is never easy, but he made it look like easy bliss.  Samuel is and forever will be the heart of his family with sad but greatly blessed hearts.  “We all watch as our cowboy rides away.”

Sam was a lifetime member of Raccoon Valley Sportsmen’s Association.

Jessop Steel Company employed him as a steel worker for thirty-two years. 

On March 28, 1998 in the Church of the Covenant in Washington, he married Colleen Thompson who survives. 

Surviving are ten children Samantha, Katherine, Zachary, and Victor Bonus and Carolyn Ann Bonus, Valerie Bonus, Jackie (Tracy) Kotchman, Linda (Ian) Bonus-Klock, Samuel C. (Sarah) Bonus, and Alan Bonus. 

Also surviving is his ex-wife Jean A. Hoffman of Woodbridge, England twelve grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, a brother John (Lee) Bonus, a sister-in-law Regina Bonus and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by a brother Vernon Bonus.

Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. Friday in Dale D. DeAngelo Funeral Home at 1290 Jefferson Ave. in Washington.  Presentation of the United States Flag will occur in the Funeral Home at 4:00 p.m. Friday by the United States Air Force.  At his own request, cremation will follow at a later date.

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Military Honors
November 2, 2018

4:00 PM
Dale D. DeAngelo Funeral Home
1290 Jefferson Ave.
Washington, PA 15301

November 2, 2018

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dale D. DeAngelo Funeral Home
1290 Jefferson Ave.
Washington, PA 15301

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