Donald E. Tonos

Jul 11th, 1946 - Mar 18th, 2020
Donald E. Tonos

Donald E. Tonos, 73, of Herrin, Illinois, formerly of Chicago, passed away at 3:16 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at his home.

Donald was born in Chicago on July 11, 1946 to John and Helen (Galik) Tonos. He married Sandra Lockett on May 4, 1968 in Chicago and to this union three children.  Donald was a choir member at First Baptist Church of Energy, Illinois and was a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean Conflict.

Survivors include two daughters, Kandy King and Tania Tonos; a son, Donald Tonos and daughter-in-law, Rachel Tonos; four grandchildren, Christian Kimbrough, Jordan, Isaiah, and Ian Tonos a brother, Robert Tonos; and his ex-wife, Sandra Tonos.

Donald was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, brother and friend to everyone who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A private graveside service will be held in Harrison Cemetery in Buckner, Illinois.

Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin is assisting the family with arrangements.

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5 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Ron & Marlen Whitecotton

    From: HERRIN, Illinois

    Date: March 24, 2020

    We are ao sorry about Dons passing. We went to church with him. He loved being and singing in the choir. Now he is not hurting and sining with the Angels.

  • Guest: Pamela Crain

    From: Energy, Illinois

    Date: March 26, 2020

    To the family,
    Don was attending Energy 1st. Baptist church. He was a good friend to me. We teased each other alot and shared laughs.
    Don will be missed at our church and in our choir. He had a very nice voice.
    Please accept our condolences.

  • Guest: Janet Yanetta

    From: The Villages, Florida

    Date: March 26, 2020

    We will miss our cousin, Donald. He was especially special to his cousin, Jim, as they went to the same church and both sang in the choir. Jim will definitely miss his fishing partner. Donald was super special to my mom, his aunt Mary. Their birthdays were one day apart so they usually celebrated together. After his Aunt Mary moved to Florida almost 3 years ago, he made it a point to call her regularly. We know the last few years were a struggle for Donald health wise. Now he will not struggle as he is in the presence of our Lord and Savior in a much better place.

  • Guest: Donald Eugene Tonos jr.

    From: Bloomingdale, Illinois

    Date: April 11, 2020

    Thank you everyone for caring and loving my father. He was a loving person inside and out. He came to Christ as I did…receiving the gift of salvation and grace. My wife and his three grandchildren and i will miss him dearly…including my siblings and nephew. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. I love you dad and misd you every day. Notbing will ever replace you in my life.

  • Guest: Robert J. Tonos

    From: Chicago, Illinois

    Date: May 4, 2020

    I am Donald’s older brother. Because we lived overseas until two years ago and because travelling has become very difficult for me, I saw very little of Donald during the last dozen years. We talked every so often by phone. Donald had a difficult life, in many ways. He managed to overcome drug addiction a few years ago. But as a result of that and a rather poor lifestyle, his health was bad when I last saw him five years ago. I understand from my sons, Christopher and Peter, that it got even worse in the intervening years. We were very different, he and I. I wish we could have been closer.