Leonard “Lennie” Bond

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Leonard (Lennie) Mason Bond, born Aug. 26, 1914, in Eagle Pass, Texas, to Jessie Mason Bond and Ida Bludworth Bond, died peacefully on April 24, 2014, at his home in Uvalde County, Texas. He was 99 years old. He is survived by his wife, Lenida Crawford Bond, formerly of Houston and now residing at the Bond Ranch in Uvalde County; daughters Cheryl Bond Maxwell and husband Alan Maxwell, Phyllis Teague of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Rebecca Trussell of Boerne Texas; nephew L.G. (Larry) Seureau and wife Kathy of Wenatchee Washington; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, one great-greatgrandchild; and many cousins and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his older daughter LaNelle Bond Stroughton, and his sister Lillian Seureau. The family is especially grateful to Uvalde Memorial Hospice, who provided extraordinary support to the entire family and was present with the family in Lennie’s final moments. Lennie was one of the most respected men in the marine industry and was well known and well liked throughout the industry. Although he entered the vessel construction and repair business before formal education was expected, he was so skilled at the work he was accepted as an honorary marine engineer in the 1980s. He was a member of the Port of Houston Propeller Club and received the Propeller Club Man of the Year award in July 1995. In 1986, he designed, built, and executed the engine room for the three-masted iron barque ELISSA. He was president of the Bludworth-Bond Shipyard, which had facilities in Houston and Texas City, and he worked there enthusiastically well into his 80s. At that time, the partner owners sold the shipyards, and Lennie retired. Lennie was a great, lifelong hunter, and he especially loved to hunt deer, elk, doves, and ducks. In 1979, he and his wife went on a hunting safari in Tanzania, East Africa. Together, they loved all kinds of hunting and fishing, whether offshore, wade-fishing, or lake fishing, and they stalked fish all along the Texas coast, in Texas lakes, and as far away as Mexico and Alaska. Lennie ran two deer leases in Uvalde County, hosting everyone from small groups to entire families. He especially delighted in teaching the wives and children how to deer hunt. Lennie will be cremated the week of April 28, 2014. At a later date, the family will hold a memorial celebration of Lennie’s life where, as he requested, we will scatter his ashes on his beloved ranch. At the family’s request, please consider making a donation to Uvalde Memorial Hospice. You may send condolences at www.rekfunerals.com THE PRECEDING IS A PAID OBITUARY.
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