Richard J. “Bunny” Bonifas
Richard J. “Bunny” Bonifas

LANDECK, Ohio — Richard J. “Bunny” Bonifas, 81, of Landeck, died at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at his residence.

He was born May 1, 1932, in Van Wert County, to the late Albert Peter and Mary Catherine (Picker) Bonifas.

He was united in marriage to Jane Hilvers on Nov. 25, 1954. She survives in Landeck.


He was the organizer of the Landeck Sausage and Saukraut supper. He loved traveling around on his four-wheeler. His true passion was his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck, VFW Post 3035 in Delphos, Landeck Foresters, and Holy Name Society.

He was a lifelong farmer and was also quarry supervisor, retiring from National Stone. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War.

Other survivors include three sons: James “Rabbit” (Jann) Bonifas and Daniel “Boomer” (Janet) Bonifas, both of Landeck, and Carl “Fred” (Diane) Bonifas of Delphos; three daughters: Debra (Joseph) Armanini of Vandailla, Ohio, Linda (Duane) Schulte of Landeck and Darlene (Brent) Wells of Dublin, Ohio; one sister: Dorothy (Elmer) Hoffman of Delphos; three brothers: Arther (Alice) Bonifas of Delphos, Albert Jr. (Eileen) Bonifas of Landeck and John (Lori) Bonifas of Alpena, Mich.; 14 grandchildren: Melinda (JW) Aiken, Tony (Elizabeth) Bonifas, Nathan Armanini, Hannah Armanini, Annette (Aaron) Haines, Bridgette (Josh) Smith, Juliette Bonifas, Brice Schulte, Colleen Schulte, Samantha Bonifas, Alex Bonifas, Lucy Bonifas, Taylor Wells, and Lauren Wells; two great-grandchildren: Madison and Lillian Aiken, and a sister-in-law: Catherine Bonifas.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: Norbert and Jerome Bonifas, and a sister-in-law: Ann Bonifas.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Landeck. The Rev. David Reinhart will officiate. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Landeck with military graveside rites conducted by the Delphos Veterans Council.

Visitation will be on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 5-8 p.m. and on Friday, May 2, 2014, from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, Delphos. There will be a parish wake on Friday, May 2, 2014, to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck.

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