John Edward Bondurant 1908 - 2010
John Edward Bondurant
Bartlesville, Okla. — Memorial services for John Edward Bondurant, 102, Bartlesville, Okla., were Tuesday, Dec. 14, at First Presbyterian Church, Bartlesville. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery, Bartlesville.
Mr. Bondurant died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at his home.
He was born Nov. 1, 1908, in Warrensburg, Mo., the son of Edward Taylor Bondurant and Martha Ann (Haig) Bondurant. He was educated in Warrensburg schools.
After high school Mr. Bondurant attended his hometown college, known today as the University of Central Missouri. He finished his college studies in 1934 at Kansas University, earning a degree in electrical engineering. At KU, he was a member of Kappa Eta Kappa electrical engineering fraternity.
After graduation, he worked as a radio engineer with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. He joined one of the crews that traveled throughout the United States to survey and mark latitudes and longitudes. The crew camped in tents and worked at night, using the stars to determine locations.
Beginning in 1936, Mr. Bondurant was employed by Phillips Petroleum Company in oilfield exploration in the Louisiana-Texas area.
In 1941, the family moved permanently to Bartlesville, where Mr. Bondurant continued his work with Phillips in the land and geological department. At the time of his retirement in 1970, he was supervisor of the company’s geophysical laboratory.
Mr. Bondurant was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Bartlesville, serving in various roles as an elder and a trustee.
He belonged to several petroleum organizations and served as an officer in the Society of Exploration Geophysics. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1060, where he served as exalted ruler in 1964. He was a life member of the Bartlesville Masonic Lodge No. 284 A.F. and A.M.
On June 1, 1935, in Cameron, Mo., he married Amelia Theilmann. She and their son, Charles, preceded him in death.
Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Anderson, Basehor; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to First Presbyterian Church, 505 S.E. Dewey, Bartlesville, OK 74003.
Arnold Moore Funeral Home, Bartlesville, handled arrangements.