Francis Russell Bond

Francis Russell Bond

Aug. 17, 1922 – Jan. 16, 2012

A military graveside service for Francis Russell Bond was held Monday, Jan. 23 at Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery. Russell, 89, a lifetime Shell/Greybull area resident, died Jan. 16 at West Park Hospital in Cody.

He was born Aug. 17, 1922, on Beaver Creek, the son of Charles Wesley and Myrtle Rose Teague Bond. He grew up with his half-sister Ruby; two half-brothers, Clifford Stearns and Clair Stearns; his sister Cora and brothers Bill, Walter, Merton and Raymond. As soon as he was big enough, Russell worked on ranches, herded sheep and took whatever jobs became available.

Russell joined the U.S. Army in 1944 and served under the command of General George Patton. Russell was honorably discharged in 1946.

He married Wanda Lee Good Aug. 17, 1953, in the First Baptist Church in Basin. He worked on different ranches until he got a job with Marathon Oil where he worked for 35 years before he retired.

Russell was always ready to help people in need. He played the guitar for dances and was a member of the Fiddler’s Association. He was also a 60-year member of the Odd Fellows.

Russell was the last Bond of his generation. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-sister Ruby Gentz; half-brothers Clifford and Clair Stearns; brothers Bill, Walter, Bert and Raymond, who was killed on Luzon, and his sister, Cora Grant.

He is survived by his wife Wanda Bond of Greybull and many nieces and nephews.