Kenneth Bonham

10/22/1934 - 07/25/2020


The family of Kenneth Bonham will celebrate his life of 85 years at 11:00 am on Friday, July 31, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel.  The family will host a time of fellowship and remembrance from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers.  He passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2020.  In support of the health of his family, face coverings are mandatory while attending the service and visitation.  The service will be live-streamed and be available for thirty days on this page.  You are encouraged to sign the virtual guestbook and share memories and expressions of sympathy by selecting the icon.  A graveside gathering will take place at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, TX, on August 8, 2020, at 11:00 am.

Kenneth Bonham was born on October 22, 1934, to Kenneth and Esther Bonham in Nagpur, India, where his father served as a medical missionary.  He spent his childhood attending Woodstock School in India, where he made lifelong friends.  Attending class reunions across the U.S. throughout the years were some of his favorite memories.

When Kenneth left India, he made his home in Enid, Oklahoma, where he attended Phillips University and received his Bachelor’s of Oratory in English.  He soon began his lifelong career as a journalist and photographer.  While working at the local newspaper in Enid, he met his love, a fellow journalist, Carolyn Liming.  They were married on May 29, 1960, in Enid at the First United Methodist Church.

Kenneth continued his newspaper career in Lawton and Oklahoma City, OK before joining the staff of the American Medical Association in Chicago in the late 1960s.  He then began his federal career as the head of the news media branch at Scott Air Force Base near O’Fallon, IL.  In 1971, the Bonham family moved to LaMarque, TX, where Kenneth began a 28-year career at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Galveston.  At the time of his retirement in 1999, he had served as Chief Public Affairs Officer for the district since 1982.  Throughout his career, photography was his passion and hobby, often moonlighting on the weekends with wedding and prom photography assignments.

Between 1961 and 1965, he and Carolyn had three children.  He instilled family values and a strong work ethic with them.  He never missed attending his kids’ school activities or taking time out every summer for a vacation with the pop-up trailer.  Thanks to him, his family has many memories of trips across the U.S.

Kenneth relocated to Lubbock in 2012 when his diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease had progressed.  His family would like to thank the staff of Mackenzie Place and Hospice of Lubbock, who treated him like family in his last years.

Survivors include his three children, Kenny Bonham and wife, Tamara, Jean Ann Slaughter, and Susan Bonham; one granddaughter, Kendall Slaughter; two brothers, Dr. Robert John Bonham, and wife, Dr. Suzanne Jonas, and Dr. David W. Bonham and wife, Gretchen; one niece, Shuli, and husband Tom Pulling, their children Veronica and Davey; and one nephew, Gabe Bonham.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Esther Bonham, and wife, Carolyn Bonham.



The family of Kenneth Bonham has designated the Woodstock School (Friends of Woodstock School, P.O. Box 879, Freeland, WA  98249), Southwest Parkinson’s Society (806-725-0941), and Hospice of Lubbock (3702 21st Street, Lubbock, TX  79410) for memorial contributions donated in his memory.


Celebration of Life

Life Tribute


Location: Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers
Start Time:5:00 pm
End Time:7:00 pm

Funeral Service

Location: Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers
Start Time:11:00 am
End Time:12:00 pm



10 Comments on “Kenneth Bonham”

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. He obviously was a great man and lived his life to the fullest. He is honored well in his children and family.

  2. Jean Ann, your precious Dad will hold a special place in our hearts always. I never saw him when he did not have a smile for me. His brilliant mind was always sharing interesting and entertaining conversation. How blessed all of my family has been to know Ken and you, as well. He was an example of courage, strength, and always carried a positive attitude throughout his physical challenges. I know you and family will so miss him. I pray you will be comforted by so many joyful memories and love you shared.

    Blessings to you and family,

  3. So very sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of both Ken and Caroline in our younger years at First Methodist in La Marque. I will keep his family in my prayers.

  4. Jean Ann – we are saddened by your loss. We never knew your Dad, but have heard so many wonderful things about him that we know he led an exemplary life. You and Susan are living proof of your parent’s love and dedication.
    Sending our love to you.
    Bob and Kay

  5. Our deepest sympathy. I enjoyed the many years at the Corps of Engineers working with Ken and greatly appreciate his doing the wedding pictures of our daughter, Rachel.

  6. Jean Ann and Susan, so sorry to hear about your Dad. My sincere sympathy to you all.

  7. My sincere condolences and prayers for your family. May God provide His most perfect Strength and Comfort! Philippians 4:19 ~Marcos A. Ramirez

  8. I miss Ken but have all the memories. My condolences to his family.
    Gordon Hostetler, Woodstock ’51

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