David (Dave) Allyn Bond, a witty, charismatic man who loved life and enjoyed making those around him smile, passed away on Saturday October 10th, 2015. Married for 45 years to Jane (Wolfe), he is also survived by what he always deemed his finest accomplishments: his daughter Tami (and Myron) Buer, his daughter Heidi (and Steve) Ennenga, and his son Craig (and Shelly), four grandchildren: Jenna and Jamie (Buer), Zachery and Brody (Bond), grand pups, and of course his loyal companion Runty. He is also survived by his brothers Jerry (and Elsie) Bond, Robert (and Virgean) Bond, Bill (and Meri) Bond, his mother-in-law, Marge Wolfe (whom he enjoyed visits and a drink) and several other family members too numerous to mention. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Larry and his beloved Coco. Born on May 12, 1947 in Arcadia, WI, he was the son of Stanley and Ruth (Kniseley) Bond. Raised and educated in the Cochrane-Fountain City area country school, self-proclaimed to be the smartest in his class. He was a 1965 graduate of CFC, and a graduate of Winona State University with a degree in Math and Business.
Dave spent many years farming, before working for the State of MN until retirement (though he never truly did retire, he always said: “don’t put off for tomorrow, what you can get done today” or “you rest, you rust”). He was a conservationist who enjoyed planting trees, feeding wildlife and deer hunting (everyone knows him as needing only one shot). Dave always enjoyed his horses and caring for animals. Fall was his favorite time of year. He loved the changing of leaves – especially sugar maples and he always enjoyed the view more from a tractor. He was an expert with the poker face and he always found a way to cheat when playing games. Dave always brought a smile to everyone’s face, whether friend or stranger, with his genuine kindness or his quick witted humor. Some things that made him chuckle included Alf, The Three Stooges, and who could forget the Beer Barrel Polka (he did play the accordion). Everyone knew Dave as an even keeled, hard-working, incredibly generous, kind hearted family man with a great sense of humor - he left an impression on everyone he met!
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that you do an unexpected act of kindness, plant a tree, or make a donation to either Mayo Clinic - Pancreatic Cancer Research, Attn: Development, 200 1st Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, online at http://www.mayoclinic.org/giving-to-mayo-clinic or by phone at 855-852-8129, Pet Partners https://petpartners.org/ or Caring Bridge http://www.caringbridge.org/ in his memory. Dave always wanted to help others and one final selfless act was the donation of his body to medical research. His ashes will be returned to the family in the future. The family would like to express a sincere “thank you” to the oncology care staff in unit 4-4 at Mayo - Methodist Hospital for providing Dave the best care.
Dave never cared much for mourning so an informal gathering will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ located at 303 S Hill St, Fountain City, WI 54629 on Saturday October 17th from 1 to 4 pm. Because Dave is a devout Green Bay Packers fan and actual shareholder in the team (certificate to prove it), he requested green and gold attire should you share his passion, jerseys if you wish (rival team to make him chuckle).