Louie A. Bonan

Former Durango resident Louie A. Bonan died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at his home in Cortez. He was 93.

Mr. Bonan was born to Alexander and Teresa (Noletti) Bonan on May 27, 1919, in Riverside, N.M. He grew up in Durango and Silverton. He was one of six children. Mr. Bonan attended Durango High School through the 10th grade before leaving school to work during the Depression.

From 1941 to 1945 during World War II, he served his country in the Army as a medic. One of Mr. Bonan’s first jobs was helping collect bodies after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and he went on to become a physical therapist, stationed in the South Pacific, primarily in Guam.

In 1946, he married Leonilda E. “Lorraine” Piccoli at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Durango.

Mr. Bonan and his brother Aldo owned and operated Vita-Kist Bakery in Cortez from 1946 to 1986.

“Their baked goods were beyond compare and to this day are still remembered fondly,” his family said.

Mr. Bonan was a charter member of the Cortez Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 1789, and he was a member of the Cortez Lions Club. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Mr. Bonan is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lorraine Bonan of Cortez; daughter, Kolleen Howard of Atlanta; siblings Bruno Micheli of Durango, Alice Delay of Polson, Mont., and Benny Micheli of El Cajon, Calif.; two grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at Ertel Memorial Chapel., 42 N. Market St., in Cortez. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at St. Columba Catholic Church, 1830 East Second Ave., in Durango. Burial will take place at Greenmount Cemetery.

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