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Description: Obituary of Bonnett, Raymond W.Date: May 21 2008
Newspaper published in: Pittsfield
Page/Column: A6 / 3
Raymond W. Bonnett, 88, of Decatur, formerly of Pittsfield and Pekin, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, Sunday, May 18, 2008 after a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 8, 1919, in Newburg Township, Pike County, to William J. and Pearl Goldman Bonnett. He married Vivian D. Jennings July 10, 1942 in Pike County and she preceded him Oct. 5, 1999.
Raymond and Vivian raised, and are survived by nine children. Raymond was a veteran, serving in the Army in World War II and was an active member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was a truck driver, first with his own business, Ballinger and Bonnett Trucking in Pittsfield, and later as a driver for Spector Freight System. He was a member of the Teamster Union and was active in the teamster retirement group after his retirement in 1981. He enjoyed woodworking and yard work, NASCAR fan, U.of IL. basketball fan and family cookouts.
Survivors include six sons, David A. (Johnnie) Bonnett of Allen, Texas, Bill (Lin) Bonnett of Lake Mary, Fla., R. Keith (Jana) Bonnett of Pekin, John W. (Debi) Bonnett of Canal Winchester, Ohio, Dan (Jeanie) Bonnett of Decatur and Tom Bonnett of Forsyth; three daughters, Evelyn J. (Roger) Beard, of Mooresville, Ind., Joan A. Bonnett of East Peoria and Sarah L. (Herman) Gold of Naperville; a brother, Kenneth (Marylynn) Bonnett of Pittsfield; 27 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian; one brother, Julius Bonnett; four sisters, Mary Day, Elizabeth Martin, Louise Ballinger and Marjorie Bonnett; and one grandson, Christopher Bonnett.
Funeral services will be held at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield today, Wednesday, May 21, at 2 p.m. with visitation prior to the services, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. with interment at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Pittsfield. Memorials may be made to either the American Cancer Society or the DMH Hospice at 3122 Brettwood Circle, Decatur, Illinois 62526 or the Pleasant Grove Cemetery %Niebur Funeral Home, 530 W. Adams St., Pittsfield, IL 62363
Condolences may be sent to email@example.com. Niebur Funeral Home is handling the services