Karen Bonk

Columbia, MO: Leisa Karen Bonk, 59, of Columbia, MO passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at University of Missouri Hospital, Columbia, MO.

She was born on March 22, 1958 in Kansas City, MO the daughter of George Edward Miller and Evelyn Lenore (Briscoe) Miller. She graduated from Center High School in Kansas City, MO class of 1976. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Karen was an Application Support Analyst at EAG Laboratories from 2007 to present. Prior to that she was a Programmer Analyst II at Johnson County Mental Health for over 15 years.

Karen was the proud mother of Staff Sergeant Evan Michael Bonk, US Air Force, and grandmother of three beautiful children. She was kind, unselfish and giving to all even at her death as she was an organ donor to the Midwest Transplant Network.

She is preceded in death by her father George Edward Miller.

Survivors include her mother Lenore Miller, brother Steve (Sue) Miller, son Evan (Michele) Bonk, three grandchildren, Aurora, Tobias and Gaia Bonk and nephew Sam Miller.

Memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Monday, July 24, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202.



  1. Lew Ann Walker on July 24, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Evan, so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful lady. She was so proud of you. You lit up her life..
    Condolences to you and your family.

  2. Cindy Henderson on July 24, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Evan, So sad to learn of your mother’s death. We started at the Mental Health Center on the same day in 1991 and worked in Olathe together. I have so many fond memories of her, her laugh and sharp wit. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Sandie Mayer on July 24, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. She was always helpful when I worked with her at JCMHC.

  4. Sherri Calkins Rambusch on July 25, 2017 at 8:36 am

    I am so terribly sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. I worked with Karen at JCMHC for many years, she was very kind and helpful.

  5. Betty Burch on July 25, 2017 at 9:44 am

    My heart is saddened to hear of Karen’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends. I worked with Karen at JCMH also for many years. She always had a smile and kind word for everyone she came in contact with. RIP my dear friend and co-worker.

  6. Bill Art on July 25, 2017 at 10:30 am

    So sorry for your loss. She was wonderful to work with.

  7. Crystal Kelly on July 25, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Evan, so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Karen was a friend of mine, we worked together in Mental Health. You are in our thoughts and prayers..

  8. Riva Noack on July 25, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Evan, so sorry for your loss. She worked on my team for many years and was great to work with and always so patient and kind providing staff support. You were the joy of her life. My prayers are with you and your family.

  9. Danelle Nugent on July 25, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Evan & Family, I was shocked & saddened to hear about Karen’s death. I worked in the same unit with her at Johnson County Mental Health. She was a very hard worker & always tried very hard to assist wherever needed. I’ve thought a lot about her since she left JCMH. You were definitely her main source of joy. I’m sure she was a wonderful grandmother too. My thoughts & prayers go out to all of you.

  10. Tom Sanders on July 25, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I worked closely with your mom at ABC,EAG for 10 years. I retired from the Army after 30 years and went on many deployments. We always talked about you and your career. She will be missed but never forgotten.

  11. Bev Bodine on July 27, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Evan, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. We had such fun together. What a sweet lady. Glad I got the opportunity to know her. My thoughts and heart are with you. Bev Bodine

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