Rickey Bonds, Jr.

Rickey Joe "Rick" Bonds, Jr.

Tuesday, October 16th, 1973 - Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
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Rickey Joe Bonds, Jr., 47, of St. Joseph, passed away, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:30 A.M. Monday, May 3, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. Corey Kugle officiating. Burial will follow at Hickory Bluff Cemetery in Stevensville. Friends may visit with the family from 3:00 until 6:00 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial donations in Rick’s name may be made to the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan or the Lakeshore Athletic Department. Those wishing to sign Rick’s Memory Book online may do so at

Rick was born October 16, 1973 in Benton Harbor to Rickey Sr. & Sharon (Kaiser) Bonds. He graduated from Lakeshore High School, Class of 1993. On March 20, 2004 he married the former Chanan Allee in Buchanan. Rick was employed for the last thirty years at Dura Mold in Bridgman, currently as a mold maker. He excelled at his job & took pride in his work. He was very talented at repairs, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix. In his free time Rick enjoyed camping, riding four-wheelers, hunting, golfing, bowling and axe throwing. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Rick is survived by his wife Chanan; two daughters-Baylee & Katelyn Bonds; his father Rick Sr. of Coloma; his mother and step-father Sharon (Ronn) Ballard of Stevensville; two sisters-Jamie Eyerly of Stevensville, Kimberly Ballard of Benton Harbor; his father-in-law & mother-in-law Craig & Carla Allee of Stevensville; brothers-in-law-Chad (Denise) Allee of Milan, MI, Cody (Tristan) Allee of New Buffalo; numerous nieces & nephews, aunts, uncles & cousins; two special friends-Frank Bock & Noe Najera; and his friends from the Spare Tire Camping Group. He was preceded in death by his step-mother-Deborah Duff.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, May 3rd, 2021 | 10:30am
    Monday, May 3rd, 2021 10:30am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Masks & Social Distancing will be required for both the service & the visitation. Memorial donations in Rick’s name may be made to the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan or the Lakeshore Athletic Department.
  • Interment

    Hickory Bluff Cemetery
    4290 Cleveland Avenue
    Stevensville, MI 49127
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Mary Jean Taylor

Posted at 08:14pm
Chanan, Baylee and Kate- I am so sorry to here the news of Rick's passing. May peace be with you during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts.
Mary Jean Taylor

Lou Ann McGregor

Posted at 04:43pm
So Sorry for your loss, he was so young. Prayers for all the family.

Susan Knowlton

Posted at 06:37pm
Channan, Baylee, and Kate, we are so sorry to hear about your loss.
Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you.
David and Susan Knowlton

Kimberly Ringer

Posted at 07:15pm
Rick, it’s been so many years we have know each other ! It’s been a pleasure to be a part of your life knowing you through Matt and meeting for fun times with your wife Chanon! . Your hands, Love wrap around their hearts knowing you loved them and that you will con’t to send you love, peace and soul ! Cherish many memories of a beloved husband, father, son and friend! In Gods name Bless you!

Chad Hoffman

Posted at 08:32am

So sorry for your loss! What a amazing man he was. I would like to share a cherished memory of Rick. I met Rick back in high school. I did not know what my future plans were, and that's when Rick was telling me about machining. He told me about MT3, a high school program that he took, and I should look into it. So I did. He also told me that I would have to go to college for it if I wanted to excel. Thanks to him I have a career doing what he loved to do.

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