Alfred Leroy "Big Al" Bonar was born May 7, 1959, in Riverton, Wyo. Alfred passed away August 31, 2018, in Rapid City, South Dakota, due to complications from a stroke.
Bonar was raised in Kemmerer, and graduated from school in Sheridan. Al approached everything he did with a purpose, whether it was working, driving, or partying. Baja Bonar was his nickname. He worked many years in the oil field as a mill right, and finally as a welder specializing in fabrication. Some would say he was a jack of all trades.
The place on Earth closest to Al's heart was the Fontenelle Basin outside of Kemmerer. He would have made a good mountain man, and was well known to quit jobs to go elk hunting. He dearly loved hunting, fishing and campfires. He always had a story to tell or a yarn to spin.
Al was deeply appreciative of veterans and never failed to thank them for their service. He had great respect for Old Glory. He also had an unfailing love for animals, especially blue heelers. He was preceded in death by many dogs and survived by one: Slag.
Al is survived by his loving mother, Sybil Hannah; sons Allan Bonar (Jennifer) and BJ Teuscher; sister Viola Gardner (Don); and his M.O.W. Jennifer Smathers.
He is also survived by several grandchildren, one great-grandchild, numerous stepbrothers, stepsisters, stepchildren, many nieces, nephews and all his North Dakota family. He is preceded in death by his father Arthur Bonar, grandparents, sisters Debra and Edna; nephew Jerrid; and stepfather, Lee Hannah.
Funeral services for Alfred were held on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at Family Life Church in Gillette, with Pastor Marty Crump officiating. Interment took place at Monument Hill Cemetery in Thermopolis, Wyo. Bryan Funeral Home arranged the burial.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY, 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.walkerfuneralgillette.com.