95, Lincoln, died March 12, 2012 in Lincoln. He was born August 5, 1916 in Gresham to Mamie L. and Roy 0. Bond. He graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1939, and from Boston University School of Theology in 1942. He served as chaplain in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946, and was stationed for a time on Okinawa. On June 27, 1941, he married Garnett Lee Tremain. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in June, 2011. For 40 years Rev. Bond served United Methodist Churches in Greenwood, Palmer, Clay Center, Cozad, Fairbury and Lincoln. He was district superintendent of the Omaha District from 1971 to 1976.
His ministry was not confined to his congregations. "Part of my orientation is with people and where people hurt," he said. A life-long advocate for peace and social justice, in 1964 Rev. Bond traveled to Hattiesburg, Miss. with 50 other U.S. clergymen to be part of the first nonviolent voter registration demonstration in support of voting rights for African Americans. A founding member of Nebraskans for Peace, he received a Peacemaker of the Year Award from that organization in 2004. He was an avid volunteer for many local organizations, induding Alternatives to the Military, prison ministries, and the Lincoln Visually Impaired Persons Support Group.
He served on numerous boards and commissions, and was a police and fire chaplain for the city from 1983 to 1992. Rev. Bond was the recipient of the Boston University School of Theology Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1981, a 1985 Alumni Loyalty Award from Nebraska Wesleyan University, an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Nebraska Wesleyan in 1991, and the 2001 Alumnus Humanitarian Award from Nebraska Wesleyan. Though legally blind since 1992, Nye was determined to live with awareness of possibilities rather than limitations. He traveled in 1994 and 1996 as part of a work team to the Kusayapu School in Chile.
Visitation: No Visitation/Cremation
Service: A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Christ United Methodist Church, 4530 'A' Street, Lincoln, Nebraska
Family Gathering: No Visitation
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 4530 A St., Lincoln, NE 68503, the Center for People in Need, 3901 N. 27th St. Suite #1, Lincoln, NE 68521, or Nebraskans for Peace, 941 '0' St. Suite 1026, Lincoln,
Nye is survived by daughters, Cynthia MacNab, and Judy Beutler; son, Larry Bond; son-in-law, Chris Beutler; Susan Bond; Patsy McAdow; and grandchildren, Lori Friedman, Andrew Dolbin-MacNab, Lindsey MacNab-Renauld, Nathan Bond, and Hilary Bond; and five great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Garnett, in July, 2011; and infant son, Lawrence Wayne Bond in 1943; his parents; brothers, Harold Bond, Wayne Bond, and Leonard Bond.