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Bond Houser III

Posted: Friday, Mar 8th, 2013


July 31, 1931-March 5, 2013

TORRINGTON – Memorial services for Bond Houser III, 84 will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013 at All Saints Episcopal Church with Peggy Steen officiating. There will be a gathering for family and friends from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express.

Bond died March 5, 2013 at Community Hospital and cremation has taken place. Entombment will take place at a later date. A memorial has been established to All Saints Episcopal Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home, and friends may send condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com.

Bond was born July 31, 1931 in Troy, Ohio, the son of Bond and Kathryn (Dietrich) Houser Jr. He received his early education in Troy and later graduated high school in Lawrenceville, N.J.

He attended Princeton for three years before being drafted into the military for two years during the end of the Korean War. While stationed in Japan, he was captain of the Army Rifle Team. After his discharge, he returned to Troy, where he married Mary Frisbie on Sept. 10, 1955.

He attended Mexico City College and studied foreign trade. He moved back to Troy and worked at his family’s furniture plant the Troy Sunshade Company. After Hobart purchased the company, he worked for them in foreign sales.

They moved to Wyoming in 1974, and he owned and managed the Campbell County Agri Center in Gillette. Bond was ordained and was the first perpetual deacon in the Wyoming Episcopal Diocese. In 1989, he attended seminary in Canada for three years.

He was ordained an Episcopal Priest in 1992 and served in the Wyoming Diocese in Hanna, Saratoga and Encampment. In 1996, he moved to Laramie, where he did volunteer work and served as an interim priest, as well. He served as a supply priest after his retirement in the Wyoming Diocese. They moved to Torrington in 2001, where he volunteered at All Saints.

Bond was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, Kiwanis and a life member of the NRA with a special interest in the Golden Eagle Program.

Bond is survived by his wife Mary of Torrington; two daughters, Mary Herbert and her husband Keith of Conyers, Ga., and Betsy Schmick and her husband Alan of Torrington; two sons, Bond Houser IV of Casper, and Guy Menzie Houser and his wife Andy of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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