Herrin-Dee H. Bonnell, 84 died 7:00 P.M. on Friday, October 26, 2001 at the Shawnee Christian Nursing Home in Herrin.
Funeral Services will be 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home with Rev. Duane Faulkenberry and Rev. Ralph Brandon officiating. Burial will follow at the East Lawn Memorial Gardens. The Herrin American Legion & VFW Post will conduct military graveside rites.
Visitation will be Monday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home.
Dee was born November 11, 1916 in Golconda, Illinois to Henry L. & Eva (Lands) Bonnell.
He was married first to Genevie (Clendenon) Bonnell in 1946 in Marion. She died June 27, 1998. He married Jessie (King) Bonnell in March 1966 in Herrin. She died in 1989.
Dee retired from GTE/Verizon after 36 years of service. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army serving during WW II. He was a Tech. Sergeant. During the war he worked in communications. He was in Iwo Jima and helped establish its telephone system after the invasion. He installed the Lifeline Lines for Herrin Hospital for 16 years.
He was a member of the Bryan Street Baptist Church. He served three terms on the Chittyville School Board. He san bass in the local gospel quartet called the Denominaires. He loved people and enjoyed helping people. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal Fan. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Daughter & Son In Law: Judy & Robert Oakley of Herrin
Son & Daughter In Law: Jerry & Angie Bonnell of Crawfton, KY.
Two Grandchildren: Travis Bonnell & fianc Lindsey McIntosh of Crawfton, KY.
Tammy Winget & Fianc Jeffrey Lyle of Johnston City, IL.
Four Step Grandchildren: Bill Oakley & wife Sharen of Cambria, IL.
Aubrey Francis & wife Becky of Herrin
Justin & Joey Greenwell of Crawfton, KY.
Two Great Grandchildren: Kiersten Tolbert & Justin Morneweg of Johnston City Four Step Great Grandchildren: George & John Holten of Herrin
Bobby Oakley & Heather Wilkey of Cambria
Special Friend: Ola Mae Gosnell of Herrin
Sister: Helene Teitloff of Golconda, IL.
One Nephew: David Teitloff & wife Janie of Golconda, IL.
His parents & his wives preceded him in death.