Howard D. Bonnell

Posted 9/21/21

AMBOY – Howard Duane Bonnell, 74, of Amboy, passed away Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at his winter home in, Benton, Ky.

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Howard D. Bonnell


AMBOY – Howard Duane Bonnell, 74, of Amboy, passed away Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at his winter home in, Benton, Ky.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Woodside Cemetery in Lee Center, with Military Honors.

Howard was born Aug. 14, 1947, in Amboy, the son of Leo and Wandalee (Myers) Bonnell. He married Elaine Herwig on Sept. 9, 1967, in Dixon.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Elaine Bonnell of Amboy; three children Michael (Christine Dewey) Bonnell of Amboy, Dion Bonnell of Carson, Wash.; Angela Schrock of Harmon; 11 grandchildren, Tylor Bonnell, Keaston Bonnell, Nathan Schrock, Jace Bonnell, Braedon Bonnell, Collin Schrock, Garrett Bonnell, Mason Bonnell, Tanner Schrock, Nicholas Dewey, Lindsay Dewey; one great-grandchild, Miayah Dempsey; two brother, Leslie (Karen) Bonnell of Steward, Alvin (Sheryll) Bonnell of Jefferson, Wis.; one sister-in-law, Christine Bonnell of Troy Grove; many nieces and nephews.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents; two siblings, Lowell Bonnell and Arlene Jacobs.

His strong work ethics started at a young age. When he was in 7th grade, he was chosen by his principal to clean and maintain the Lee Center School at the end of each day. Following his service in the military he worked for the State of Illinois as a civil engineer. He then worked as a maintenance director for Amboy and Dixon School Districts, and retired in maintenance at the Dixon YMCA. Howard was also an entrepreneur; he owned and operated many companies throughout his life time.

Howard served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He received a Purple Heart, a Silver Star and two Bronze Stars; Howard ended his military career as a Major in the Army Reserves. Howard was a member of the Elks and VFW. He enjoyed traveling and camping all over the United States. Howard was an avid gun enthusiast and a member of the NRA. Most of all he enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren.

Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Wounded Warrior.

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