Joseph A. Bonner
Of O’Hara Township, on January 28, 2019, age 89. He was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret Isabel (George) Bonner and Charles Alexander Bonner, and his brothers, Charles Alexander Bonner, Jr. and Harry Edward Bonner. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Dr. Shirley Lee (Harrold) Bonner, his sister, Mary Pauline (Bonner) Miller, and his children, Margaret "Meg" L. Bonner of New York City and Joseph Edward "Jeb" Bonner of Palm Springs, CA, and nephews, Dr. Calvin Miller and his wife Nancy, David Miller, Alex Bonner, and nieces, Lisa Bonner Hoerner and husband Mike, and Molly Miller Downs and husband Rick. He was graduated from Kittanning High School in 1947, where he was president of the student council. He attended the New York State Maritime Academy (now SUNY Maritime College) and graduated with the highest awards. Mr. Bonner then served on the destroyer radar ship, the Everett F. Larson during the Korean War with the rank of Lieutenant, jg. On his return to Western Pennsylvania, he worked for Westinghouse Electric, Atomic Power Division. In November 1954 he joined Rockwell Manufacturing Company as an engineer. He subsequently worked at Rockwell facilities in Norwalk, OH and DuBois, PA, returning to Pittsburgh in 1969 as Director of Gas Research and Engineering. In 1976 he became the Director of Engineering at Instromet/ROBSA, in Belgium and the Netherlands, where he worked for 17 years, retiring to Western Pennsylvania in 1993. His colleagues always found him to be a thoroughly good engineer, cheerful, and congenial. He was a renowned figure in the natural gas industry worldwide, authoring many papers, making numerous presentations, and serving on various industry committees. He was a member of the American Legion and the New York State Maritime Academy Alumni, and with his wife, he was a member of the Armstrong County Historical Society and the Westmoreland County Baltzer Meyer Historical Society. The family will receive friends Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 2 - 5 p.m. at the WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Avenue, Aspinwall, where a funeral service will be Monday at 11 a.m. Interment Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh.