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Ronald D. Bonds, 74

Ronald Douglas Bonds, age 74, of Cato and Clinton passed away on April 23, 2018.  He was born on August 13, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Herman Lester Bonds and Betty Lazarcik Bonds.

He attended Arkansas A&M where he earned his Bachelor Degree and he is a member of the Theta Xi Fraternity. Ron loved riding horses, camping, boating on the lake and all animals both big and small.  He loved his family and friends, drinking, dancing and as he put it “BS-ing with his friends”.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece Heidi Bonds.

Ron leaves behind his loving wife Patricia Carol Bonds, his children Sera Bonds, Jordyn Bonds, Jessica Renard and Jeremy Rains; grandchildren Ethan Prince, Breonn Prince, Julia Rains, Jeremiah Rains, Naz Rosenbloom and Bodhi Rosenbloom; two brothers Raymond Bonds and Danny Bonds; a niece Sheila Wright and many friends and family.

A visitation service will be held at Southfork Ranch, Clinton, Arkansas on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M.  A funeral will begin at 2:00 P.M. at Southfork Ranch, Clinton, Arkansas with interment to follow at Bradley Cemetery, Clinton, Arkansas.

A time of fellowship, celebrating and potluck will follow at South Fork Ranch. Please bring your own chairs.

Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400 

Link to Ron’s Memorial Video


  • Christina Norris Posted April 24, 2018 7:38 PM

    I love you Jessi. Sorry for your loss. Praying for you

  • Sheri Banner … Evan Fox … Jayden O’Neal Posted April 24, 2018 7:52 PM

    Ron was such a good person to be around …. He was funny and loved to BS … He will be dearly missed especially at the CWR .. You could always count on him riding around camps checking things and making sure everyone was in the right spot …

  • Linda Darby Posted April 24, 2018 8:06 PM

    I only knew Ron for a short few years. But I will miss him. I have seen him angry and I have seen him upbeat and telling jokes. And he could cook a mean steak. He will be greatly missed.

    • Corey Horn Posted April 27, 2018 2:03 PM

      Ron was a good man, he will be missed by all.

  • Mary Posted April 24, 2018 10:08 PM

    Hey Jess, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time. I did not ever meet Ronald, but he must have been a very good man if he helped raise you. May he rest in peace. *hugs*

  • Stacy Bennett Posted April 24, 2018 10:42 PM

    I met Mr. Ron well staying on his ranch for the National Chuckwagon Races.. He made it a point to get to know everyone personally..He was a nice man..

  • Samantha Posted April 25, 2018 10:35 AM

    Sorry about your loss. Y’all will be in my prayers as the days to come.

  • Becky & David Wyles Posted April 25, 2018 12:42 PM

    We are so sorry for your loss Patty. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Peter Donalek Posted April 26, 2018 3:24 PM

    We are thinking of Ron, his brothers Ray and Dan, and his wife and children on this sad day. My mother Lillian Lazarik was Ron’s mother’s step-sister and Ron was my cousin. Rest in Peace cousin Ron, in the Bradly cemetery, at the bend in the road, with Herman Betty and granny bonds and other Bonds family members. The Donalek – Lazarik Family in Chicago.

  • Sandy Bohl & Jack Denneboom Posted April 26, 2018 3:48 PM

    Sera, Adam, Naz and Bojda…very sorry for your loss.

  • Renee Lavelock Weaver Posted April 26, 2018 4:06 PM

    the last time I was there, Ron, Kathy Caple and I rode the hills. I used to love to watch him ride.

  • Corey Horn Posted April 27, 2018 2:06 PM

    Ron was a good man, he will be missed by all.

  • Jude Knapp Posted April 28, 2018 10:31 PM

    So sorry for your loss. We loved camping at south fork during the chuck wagon races. We would talk to Ron when he came riding by. We knew he would keep everyone safe and in order! I remember when Kip and Becky got married there , we always had a blast!

  • Walter Page Posted May 8, 2018 12:08 PM

    I was at Minot AFB with Ron from 67-71. He was in the 742 SMS and i was in the 741st. So sorry for your loss. We’ve lost a good man.

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