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Charles Richard Bond
Services were held for Charles Richard "Dick" Bond, 85, of Hughson. He died March 12, 2010 at his home after spending the day with friends.

Born Sept. 16, 1924 in the family home in Burbank to Henry Bond and Essie Gibson Bond, Charles was the youngest of four children. He loved travel, boating, and adventure. Dick attended Burbank High School and studied aeronautical and electrical engineering at Caltech and at Oklahoma State University. He was an engineer who loved to tinker. He built boats and before the war he worked for the phone company. During World War II he trained as a pilot with the Army Air Force, and was a commissioned officer. He became a decorated P-47 Thunderbolt fighter pilot flying numerous missions from Britain over France and Germany. Mr. Bond was recalled into the Air Force as a flight instructor during the Korean Conflict. Dick worked for the Air Force Space System Division until his retirement as in 1969. Upon retiring he worked in the aerospace industry. His career took him from Southern and Northern California, to Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and eventually to Hughson in 1980 where he resided since.

Mr. Bond married first wife Gloria Gyllberg of Pomona in 1949 and they had two sons, Steven (1952) and Timothy (1956). In 1967 he married Barbara Meza in San Jose and adopted her children Barbara, Deirdre, and Peter, as his own. In 1968 they had a daughter, Leslie. For the last 25 years, he was the adopted grandfather of Veronica, Enrique, Israel, Lilliana, Elena, and Ruben, the children of Francisco and Maria Gonzalez of Hughson. He is survived by all his other children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Frank Bond and Robert Bond, sister Margie, and son Timothy.

-Ceres Courier /March 31, 2010