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A Celebration of Life

Joel Eugene Bond

Given Life in Time

December 20, 1944

Given Life in Eternity

March 21, 2019

AS WE GATHER: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.  Today we gather in the valley.  Grief rising on one side, pain rising on the other.  The valley can be lonely, treacherous, and all-encompassing.  I will fear no evil.  Ahead lies a mountain, a mountain of hope.  Joy and peace envelop all who pass through the valley and ascend the mountain.  Today we make that journey to the mountaintop.



CALLING ON GOD               PSALM 23

Pastor:          In the name of the Father, the † Son, and the Holy Spirit.

People:         Amen.

Pastor:          The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

People:        He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters. 

Pastor:          he restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

People:         Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 

Pastor:          You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

People:        Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 

Pastor:          Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

People:        Thanks be to God!

CHORAL ANTHEM: “Amazing Grace”


Pastor:         Let us pray.  O God of grace and mercy, we give thanks for Your loving-kindness shown to Joel and to all Your servants who, having finished their course in faith, now rest from their labors.  Grant that we also may be faithful unto death and receive the crown of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:        Amen.



Performed By Eric Russell & Colleen Schulze

SCRIPTURE READING:         Revelation 2:10b

Jesus said, “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”




SONG OF COMFORT “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”     LBW 439

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and grief’s to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit;

Oh what needless pain we bear

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!


Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness

Take it to the Lord in prayer.


Are we weak and heavy laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do your friends despise, forsake you?

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

In his arms he’ll take and shield you;

You will find a solace there.

WORDS OF COMFORT              Pastor Lucke

SPECIAL SONG: “Sweet Afton”       written by Robert Burns & Chris Thile

Performed By Jeremy & Andrea Galvin


Pastor:          Father in heaven, give to the friends of Joel and to all who mourn comfort in their grief and a sure confidence in Your loving care that, casting all their sorrow on You, they may know Your love.  Lord, in Your mercy,

People:        Hear our prayer. 

Pastor:          Receive our thanks for Joel and for all the blessings You bestowed on him in this earthly life.  Bring us at last to our heavenly home that with him we may see You face to face in the joys of paradise.  Lord, in Your mercy,

People:        Hear our prayer. 

Pastor:          O God of all grace, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to bring life and immortality to life.  We give You thanks that by His death He destroyed the power of death and by His resurrection He opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. rengthen us in the confidence that because He lives we shall live also, and that neither death nor life nor things present nor things to come will be able to separate us from Your love, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:        Amen.


ALL:  Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be Thy name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive

those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power

and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.


CLOSING SONG: “Blessed Assurance”        TOSB 16

  1. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

This is my story, this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long;

This is my story, This is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long.


  1. Perfect submission, perfect delight,

Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;

Angels descending bring from above

Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

This is my story, this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long;

This is my story, This is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long.


  1. Perfect submission, all is at rest,

I in my Savior am happy and blest;

Watching and waiting, looking above,

Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

This is my story, this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long;

This is my story, This is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long.





Ryan Bond

Kevin Russell

Aaron Russell

Eric Russell

Adam Russell

Jeremy Galvin

Joel Eugene Bond

December 20, 1941 – March 21, 2019

Joel Eugene Bond, 77, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Joel was born in Fargo, North Dakota to Archie and Ruth Bond, the “5th of 8” children.  As his dad was in the Air Force, the family lived in Michigan, Minnesota and North Dakota.  Joel’s first two jobs were working in bowling alleys.  This led to his interest in league bowling.   At age 16, he bowled a perfect game of “300”.

Joel joined the United States Army in 1962 and served until 1965 as a Specialist 4th Class in Zerndorf, Germany.  He was a Communication Specialist in the 4th Armored Division, 22nd Field Artillery, in Fire Direction Control.  While “on his leaves”, he visited and enjoyed other European countries.

Thanks to a good old “Midwest Tornado” in Fargo, North Dakota in 1957, his family moved to Moorhead, Minnesota, and Joel met his “teenage sweetheart”, Audrey Yeager.  They were married in Trinity Lutheran Church on April 22, 1966, in Papillion, Nebraska.  They would have celebrated their “53rd” Wedding Anniversary this month.

They were blessed with three wonderful children: Lisa, Ryan and Andrea and five grandchildren that he adored.  They lived in Omaha, Nebraska until they moved to Salem, Oregon in 1975.  Joel began his career in floor covering at Nico in Salem.  He continued this career path at Benson’s Floor Covering in Corvallis from 1983 to 1989, at which time he opened and operated Corvallis Floor Covering until his retirement in October 2006.

During his time in Salem, Corvallis and Philomath, Oregon, Joel enjoyed camping along the Oregon coast and Cascade Mountains with his family.  He and his buddies, Rob, Randy, Geno, Kevin & Mikey had fun hunting, fishing and golfing.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Paul, Jay and Mark.

Joel is survived by his wife, Audrey; son, Ryan Bond of Corvallis; daughters Lisa Russell (Kevin) of North Albany, and Andrea Galvin (Jeremy) of Beaverton; brothers Curt (Marion), Olathe, Kansas, and Gary (Karen), Meza, Arizona; sisters Barbara (Lewis), Caldwell, Idaho, and Susie Christianson (Jerry), Tulsa, Oklahoma; sister-in-laws Edele Bond, Fargo, North Dakota, and Vivian Stern, Reedley, California; brother-in-law, Les Yeager, Coos Bay, Oregon; five precious grandchildren, Aaron, Eric and Adam Russell & Ella & Pearl Galvin; Special daughter, Shilpa Sarwate, from India & many wonderful nieces and nephews throughout the United States.

Joel was interred at Willamette National Cemetery on April 2, 2019.