William Bonnell


LA MOILLE - William “Bill” Bonnell, 72, of LaMoille, died after a long illness on Oct. 31, 2017 surrounded by his family at Manor Court of Peru.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 at St. Patrick’s Church in Arlington with Rev. Patrick Fixsen officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Arlington. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 at the Hurst Funeral Home, La Salle. Additional visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of services on Nov. 4 at the church.

Bill was born on July 7, 1945 in Mendota to Irie and Irma (Stouffer) Bonnell. He married Ruth Kenny on Nov. 30, 1968 at St. Patrick’s Church in Arlington.

Survivors include his wife of LaMoille; two daughters, Malinda (James) Rossi of Manhattan and Stacey (Sam) Harper of LaMoille; eight grandchildren, William Blackman, Faye Rossi, Alana, Carter, Casen and Ella Cherry, and Zoe and Lindsay Harper; two sisters, Rose Ella (Vallery “Larry”) Leffelman of Sublette and Jane (Terry) Garland of Dixon; two brothers, Michael (Kathy) Bonnell of Amboy and Russell (Janette) Bonnell of Dixon; two sisters-in-law, Lynne Bonnell of Arlington and June Bonnell of LaMoille; numerous nieces and nephews; and his sidekick, Shadow.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Dean, Richard “Dick” and Raymond “Tony” Bonnell; and one nephew, Spencer Garland.

Bill served in the Army National Guard. He worked at Motor Wheel in Mendota and then for his uncle, Wilber Bonnell Construction, before retiring in 2008 with Local 150 of Operating Engineering. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and mostly, spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Arlington and the NRA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to his family, LaMoille Ambulance and Fire Department or LaMoille Lion’s Club.

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