John Perry Bond
On June 2, 2018, John’s battle with cancer, fought with quiet dignity, undaunted courage and optimism, peacefully ended. John was born on January 21, 1947, to Cedric and Jean (Key) Bond in Hardin, MT. His fondest childhood memories involved family camping trips exploring Montana, Wyoming, and Canada, stopping wherever they might find the best fishing. Through these outings, John acquired a love for adventure, traveling, and the mountains, with special bonds to the Pryor Mountains south of Hardin.
After graduating high school, John enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in the country of his mother’s origin at RAF Wethersfield in Essex, England, between 1966 and 1970. It was his greatest honor to serve in the U.S. Military as he was a true patriot and his love of country was unwavering.
On May 1, 1982, John married the love of his life Janell Taylor and they made their home in Billings raising their two children Erin and Taylor who were the light of his life. He was born to be a dad. John’s love for spontaneous adventure and love of knowledge was instilled in his kids. It was common to pile in the Jeep, head to the mountains where he’d let them drive as soon as their feet could reach the pedals. They explored Montana and its history, stopping at every museum, monument and natural wonder along the way. John was actively involved wherever he could be with his kids’ activities, whether it be Boy Scout leader, baseball coach, gingerbread house maker, or chauffeur. He never missed a practice, program, campout or game and left a big impact on not only his kids’ lives but the kids they grew up with as well. And, they were some of the happiest times of his life.
John’s career was mainly in the electrical wholesale industry and in 2013 he retired from Graybar Electric. He made lasting friendships with coworkers and customers. After retiring, John spent many days riding his motorcycle with the Rainmakers Motorcycle Club traveling many miles making many wonderful memories and friendships. Another special tradition was the “brothers” rides with Steve. John also enjoyed exploring the globe with his best friend, his wife Janell. He loved immersing himself in the culture and history of a new place.
John’s greatest joy was spending time with his family and playing with his grandchildren. When Dominic was born in 2006, Papa John was born! Right from the start, Papa was smitten and so was Dominic. They loved to spend time together especially going to the airport to watch planes land or admiring choo choo trains in Dominic’s early years to talking football and going camping more recently. In 2010, Isla (his “Punkin”) was born. They too shared a special bond. Isla loved for Papa to take her to the green park by his house and cook her Ramen which none of us could ever make the same as him.
John was the best cook ever and he loved to create dishes for his family. His Yorkshire Pudding and Beef Tenderloin Christmas dinners were legendary. Everyone has a special favorite that he made.
John is survived by his wife Janell of 36 years, daughter Erin Hardin (Mark), son Taylor Bond (Kelly), grandchildren Dominic and Isla, brother Steve Bond (Carlah), dog Millie, “sisters and brothers” Denise Taylor, Lana Halverson, Kali Lien, and Scott Taylor (Gail), and nieces and nephews Heather Halverson (Todd), Josh Lien (LeAnn), Kristi Halverson, and Aliyah Taylor (Bryce); and grand nephews and nieces Jim, Jake, Ryker, Austin, Caden, and Finley, and his extended family and countless friends.
Services will be held on Friday, June 8, at 9:30 am at Smith West Funeral Chapel, 304 34th St. West, Billings, Montana. Interment will follow at the Yellowstone National Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Dr. Jesus Fabregas and Dr. Daniel Gomez and staffs, as well as RiverStone Health Hospice, for their compassionate care and support during a time when we needed it most. Memorials may be made to RiverStone Health Hospice Services, 123 South 27th Street, Billings, MT 59101; Liposarcoma Genome Project through Massachusetts General Hospital at https://because.massgeneral.org/give/109232/#!/donation/checkout or Liposarcoma Genome Project, ATTN: Keith Erickson, 100 Cambridge St., STE 1310, Boston, MA, 02114; or to a memorial of your choice.
We will miss you and your smile every day and take comfort in knowing you will lift us up as you always have.