Bonford Reed Talbert II
Bonford (Bon) Reed Talbert II, 83, formerly of Tiffin, entered into eternal rest with the Lord April 3, 2013.
Bon was born July 28, 1929, in Cincinnati on his father’s birthday, and was raised in Benton Harbor, Mich., before moving to Tiffin. He achieved Eagle rank as a Boy Scout and was a multi-sport athlete at Columbian High School. Graduating from Bowling Green State University in 1951, Bon was commissioned as an Air Force officer during the Korean War and served in Japan. He graduated from The Ohio State University School of Law with a jurist doctorate and was admitted to the Ohio bar.
In 1964, Bon was appointed by the governor of Ohio as a municipal court judge in Tiffin and was subsequently re-elected to several terms. Bon attained great distinction as a judge, achieving national recognition as an advocate for impaired-driving legislation, and for several years he was an instructor of continuing education at the University of Nevada-Reno. In 1973, Bon was elected president of the Ohio Municipal Judges Association and vice president of the American Association of States Court Judges.
Bon married the love of his life, Beverly (Bev), March 18, 1967, and they cherished each other for 46 years. Amazingly, in 1968, their son Bonford R. Talbert (Chip) III was born July 28 – like Bon and his dad. Ever so kind and loving, Bon adopted Beverly’s son Keven as his own in 1969, because she had been previously widowed.
A life-long Detroit Tigers and Lions sports fan, Bon also loved Ohio State football and playing golf. More importantly, Bon was a strong Christian and active member of the Lutheran Church. Bon was very active in various Masonic orders, serving as Master of Tiffin Lodge No. 77, the High Priest of Seneca Chapter No. 42; the Illustrious Master Clinton Council No. 47 and Eminent Commander of DeMolay Commandery No. 9. He also was knight of the York Cross of Honor Priory No. 18-Ohio, a member of the Zenobia Shrine in Toledo and Tiffin Shrine Club, and a member of the Scottish Rite-Valley of Toledo and Seneca County Scottish Rite Association.
He served on the board of directors for The Salvation Army in Tiffin and was active in the American Legion, Rotary, Kiwanis and Elks in Tiffin as well as Republican politics at all levels.
Bon continued to practice law in Ohio until 2000, and then studied and passed the South Carolina bar at age 72 to assist many individuals in Myrtle Beach. Beverly and Bon resided in the Tidewater community and he fully supported Bev’s artistic and historical pursuits.
Surviving family members include the two boys, Bonford R. Talbert III (Catherine) of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Keven B. Talbert (Diana) of Jacksonville, Fla. There are six grandchildren, (Kathlyn Mae Adlaon (Patrick), Brad, Greg, Alisa, Kaylee and Dylan) and two great-grandchildren (Sean and Kian).
A Masonic memorial service was conducted April 7, 2013, by Myrtle Beach Lodge No. 353 and a funeral service was April 8 at King of Glory Lutheran Church. Tributes in lieu of flowers may be made to the Horry County Museum in Conway, S.C.; the Shriners Children’s Hospitals; or King of Glory Lutheran Church in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.