Michael Lee Bonham, of Lincoln, died May 8, 2019. He was 72 years young. Born February 6, 1947 to Marion and Elaine (Embree) Bonham. He married Sheri Ann Key in Lincoln, NE on March 29, 1969.
Mike received an Associates of Arts degree in electronics from Milford Community College and a degree in music performance from Nebraska Wesleyan University. He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. After receiving his degree in electronics, he worked in Omaha in the electronics field. In 1974, he began working in banks beginning in the Benson area of Omaha, then Griswold, IA. Later, he and his father went into business together in Elm Creek, NE where he became the president of the 1st National Bank of Elm Creek. During the 17 years in Elm Creek he was head of the local Red Cross, a member of the Lions Club, and was heavily involved in his church and local community events including coordinating community dances, assisting with the development of the Elm Creek Housing Authority, and directing the Elm Creek Centennial Celebration in 1987.
Mike enjoyed traveling with Sheri to see his sons and their families. He was an incredibly generous person with a passion for music. His favorite past-time was participating in local community bands including the Iowa Western Community College Band, North Bend Community Band and Slechta Polka Band. He was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather and band member who will be greatly missed.
Mike is survived by his wife, Sheri; sons, Marc & wife Laura of Placerville, CA, Matthew & wife Erin of Omaha, NE, and Michael J & wife Stacey of Pella, IA; granddaughters, Emily, Katelyn, Becca, Aubrey and Madison, as well as his “Extra Kids” and countless friends and band members.
The family invites friends and loved ones to a time of remembrance on June 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1144 M Street in Lincoln, NE. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Lincoln, NE.