MOUNT VERNON — Ernest F. Bond, 94, of Mount Vernon and former Galena resident, passed away March 25, 2012. He had been a resident of the Country Club Retirement Campus for the last six years.
He was born Aug. 11, 1917, in Salem, W.Va., to the late Orrville B. and Lucille (Davis) Bond. He attended public school in West Virginia, graduating from Masontown High School. He attended Salem College, Salem W.Va., graduating with a BS degree; and in 1941, he received his master’s degree in Vocational Agriculture Education from West Virginia University.
On Feb. 24, 1939, he married Helen V. Kennedy at her parents’ home in Lost Creek, W.Va. In 1943, they moved back to Lost Creek after he finished his university degree and after having lived in Fairmont, W.Va., where he had started his teaching career. He taught Vocation Agriculture at Lost Creek High School.
During World War II, he received a deferment to stay at home because he was needed for the purpose of working with the farmers teaching them how to repair and fabricate parts for broken farm equipment due to the fact that there were no parts or materials available during the war years for fixing these items. These men used whatever could be found to do those repair jobs. He also served the local level as a Civil Defense warden during the war. Part of his job was to go house to house at night and let people know if any light coming from inside the house was visible on the outside. People were very cautious at that time fearing bombing attacks from our country’s enemies.
In 1954, Ernest moved his family to a small dairy and chicken farm in Jane Lew, W.Va., and also left the teaching profession and began a 35-year career in agriculture-related sales. He began with Lederle Laboratories, which later became American Cyanamid Company and is now part of Pfizer Corp.
In 1963, he transferred to Ohio where he spent the rest of his life working in agriculture sales, was active in his church and served as a Berkshire Township Trustee. One of the highlights of his sales career was a three-week trip he made to China with a group of farmers and state agricultural officials in early 1970s to view the Chinese farmers as they began to learn better agricultural and farm practices.
In 1976, he and Helen were an important part of starting the First Seventh-day Baptist Church in Columbus, where he was a charter member. (Now the Seventh-day Baptist Church in Pataskala). He served in many capacities in the church, including President, Deacon and Sabbath School teacher. He loved music and he and Helen would often share their gift of singing duets.
He served the Seventh-day Baptist denomination on the national level as President of the General Conference, Recording Secretary (over 20 years), a member of the General Council, and also a member of the Memorial Board along with serving on a variety of committees.
He was preceded in death on Jan. 29, 2010, by his wife of over 70 years, Helen; and three brothers, Robert, Thomas and infant Richard.
Ernest is survived by his four children, Karen (Dick) Rogers of Jane Lew, W.Va., Doris (Harry) Kennedy of Mount Vernon, Richard (Susan) Bond of Palmetto, Fla., and Rebecca (Darwin) VanHorn of Centerburg; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Leland (Lettie) Bond of Woodbury, Pa.; two sisters-in-law, Leola Bond and Wilda Kennedy; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Thursday, March 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Amos-Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison Ave., Nutter Fort, W.Va., 26301, where service will follow at 8 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Robert L. VanHorn officiating. Burial will be Friday, March 30, at 10 a.m. at the Brick Church Cemetery in Lost Creek, W.Va.
Local arrangements have been entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury.
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