Obituaries – 02-01-2012

Rev. John Clawson Bonser

The Rev. John Clawson Bonser, 73, of Bradenton, died Jan. 29. He was born May 15, 1938.

He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1959.

He received both a Bachelor of Divinity degree and a Master of Sacred Theology degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa. He was ordained by the United Lutheran Church in America in 1962, and served three parishes in Pennsylvania.

After moving to Bradenton in 1977, he became a registered investment advisor with Raymond, James and Associates and was a certified financial planner.

The Rev. Bonser was an avid photographer and a co-op member of Island Gallery West for many years. He was an active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach, and was involved with All Island Denominations and Inquiring Minds.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Inurnment will be in the Gloria Dei memorial garden. Memorial donations may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. Condolences may be made online at Arrangements are by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, Bradenton.

The Rev. Bonser is survived by wife Susan; son Donald; daughter Amy and husband Matt Valenzisi; step-daughter Margretta Goodis; stepson William and wife Alyson Karow; brother Curtis and wife Jane; sister-in-law Catherine Raymond; grandchildren Sarah, Robert, Chase and Graham; and other extended family members and many friends.


John Elton Ecklund

John Elton Ecklund of Anna Maria died Jan. 20. He was born June 5, 1949, in Flint, Mich.

He graduated from Flint Northern High School in 1967 and Michigan State University School of Natural Resources in 1973. He retired from his career with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality as a water quality specialist. He spent countless hours testing the quality of Michigan’s waters.

He grew up playing ball in his Flint neighborhood and spent many summers on Bear Lake fishing, boating, and swimming. He was known to colleagues as Moose. He coached softball and enjoyed attending at art and music festivals. John spent time on Anna Maria beaches searching for the perfect shell, or lost in a good book.

A celebration of life on Anna Maria Island will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, on the beach at Oak Avenue. A memorial service was planned Feb. 1 in Williamston, Mich. Memorial donations may be made to Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second Street N., Bradenton Beach FL 34217. Online condolences may be made at

Mr. Ecklund is survived by son Karl and wife Rachel; daughter Shannon McGuire; brothers Tom and wife Diane and Jim and wife Karen; nephews and niece David, Dean, Peter, Joseph, Mitchell, Charlie, Kelly, Ian, Connor, Cary, Sean and Leah; and great niece Claire.

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