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Lewis R. Bont

Lewis Richard “Lewie” Bont passed away into the arms of his loving Savior Jesus Christ, at home, Friday, June 9, 2023.

He was born April 8, 1930 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Lewie proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked hard his whole life, starting at the young age of 16. Working many different jobs over his lifetime. He retired from Zurns in 1983 where he worked as a welder.

He was very skilled and smart. Family, friends and neighbors often came to him for help and advice on fixing anything. Lewie enjoyed baking, especially apple pies, gardening, canning, watching the Tigers and spending time or sharing a meal with his family and many friends. He has always loved children and caring for his grandchildren.

Lewie had a servant’s heart and loved God. He was raised in the church and later attended First Baptist Church of Otsego. He enjoyed reading devotionals, listening to Dr. David Jeremiah and to music. On May 17, 1975 he married Carolyn Ferris. Together they spent 48 years together and enjoyed wintering in Florida for the last 28 years.

Also surviving are his daughter, Laura (Peter) Vels; grandson, Jonathan (Eleanor) Vels; brother-in-law, Ron Ferris; nephews, Rick (Agnes) Ferris, Randy (Jenn) Ferris and Rod (Pam) Ferris and niece, Chantel (Harry) Akins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ruby Bont; grandchildren, Anneka and Landon Vels; brothers, Kenny and Milford Bont; sister, Katherine Johnson and brother-in-law, Robert Ferris.

Friends may visit with Lewie’s family starting at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, June 17, 2023, at the First Baptist Church of Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Merlyn Jones and Pastor Paul Laborde officiating.

Burial will follow at Liberty Street Cemetery in Alamo Township.

Contributions in memory of Lewie may be made to the First Baptist Church of Otsego.

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Steven and Nancy Motter

June 11, 2023 at 5:54 am

Carol and family we’re so Sorry to see that Lewis passed away and now he’s up above watching down on all his Loved one’s. Our Sincere condolences to the entire family and friends and he was a very loving caring man and will be missed by all that got to know him.


Tonya Furrow

June 11, 2023 at 9:14 am

Lewie was always so good to me growing up. More like having another grandpa than my great uncle. I remember his love of cooking, learning to swim in his pool in Florida, and his overall gentle demeanor. I will always miss him.


Eleanor Vels

June 13, 2023 at 12:30 pm

He was such a sweet man and I’m so blessed that God let me borrow him as a grandfather for almost a year. When Jon told him we were engaged his first comment was “are you going to give me a grand baby?” Haha, to which we said that we hoped to someday. He loved kids so much ❤️ It is so bitter sweet because I rejoice that he is with his Savior but we will miss him here.


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