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In Memory

Russell W Bonar

Russell William Bonar
December 11, 1961 - December 11, 2022


Russell William Bonar, 61 passed away quietly and unexpectedly in his home in Wellsburg, West Virginia December 11, 2022.

Russell, who graduated from Brooke High School in 1980, received a Bachelor’s Degree from WVU in Mechanical Engineering, then moved on to Alaska and spent the major part of his life employed with the Alaskan Pipeline in supervisory positions. With excessive drive and personality, he was an outstanding student and award-winning swimmer in high school, president of his fraternity at college and a leader in his employment.

He loved and enjoyed his three sons, Michael, Christopher and Jonathan, who are now grown men, successfully employed in Alaska.

In his young years he enjoyed the many cousins who came to town on the Fourth-of-July. The backyard picnics, gangs sleeping on the floors, racing through the town – those were the days he still talked about.

His family, who loves him, greatly grieves his early departure. He leaves behind his parents, James and Mary Jean Bonar of Wellsburg, his sisters, Carol Couch of Okatie, SC and Marianne Cunningham of Wellsburg. Comfort comes in the belief that he is being welcomed by Jesus and greeted by his young sister, Diane Elizabeth and much-loved elder relatives who preceded him to the Heavenly Gates.

There will be no visitation. Interment will be held privately at the Franklin Cemetery in Brooke County.

Chambers Funeral Home, Wellsburg, WV (304)737-3551 assisted the family, please add or view condolences, photos and stories at www.chambersandjames.com..


Russell Bonar Obituary - Wellsburg, WV | Chambers and James Funeral Homes,

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12/23/22 09:01 AM #1    

Nita McCallum

We worked with Russ off and for many years...in fact Craig picked him up from the airport when he 1st went to work for Conam. He always made a splash ya know...
Excellent engineer, always helpful and friendly. So sorry to hear of his early passing.

12/23/22 10:53 AM #2    

Greg Kinney

Well stated Nita!  Russ was a complicated character certainly.  You might even say he was charismatic.  You never had any doubt as to where Russ stood on any subject you were discussing; agree or disagree, you could see he really had passion.  And he was a good engineer who helped in many ways on many projects.  It's sad that he's gone.

12/23/22 05:43 PM #3    

Cheryl Graan

RIP Russ. I had many conversations with Russ over the years. He was a little rough around the edges, but was a good man with a good heart. 

12/24/22 10:30 AM #4    

William Webb

Rest in Peace Russ. I enjoyed working RGV's with you. Long live the'RB500'!

01/03/23 07:02 PM #5    

Barbara Harmon

Wow. I'm sad to hear of Russ' passing - too young. Russ was brave and a strong advocate for compliance and doing the right thing. 
RIP Russ 😢 NJ

01/07/23 04:30 AM #6    

Louie Shepard

RIP Russ, it was always a good time working with Russ, the SMB5T project was fun, and Russ could cook.


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