Mr. Earl Ray Bonnell, 88, a former resident of Glady and more recently a resident of the Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in the center.
He was born May 27, 1924, at Glady, a son of the late Bernard Ray Bonnell and Sylvia Ketterman Bonnell.
On Nov. 2, 1946, at Elkins, he was married to Ruby Violet Arbogast Bonnell, who survives.
Also surviving are one son, Loren Ray Bonnell and wife, Charlene, of Kerens; one daughter, Elaine Bonnell Douglas and husband, Jim, of Elkins; one brother, Bernard R. Bonnell Jr. of Montrose; and one sister, Loretta Arbogast of Elkins. Grandchildren surviving include Nathaniel Bonnell and wife, Tina, Farrah Bonnell Farley and husband, Cameron, Dale Leeson and wife, Alice, Velora Anderson and husband, Dave, Patty Martin and husband, Harvey, Sherry Kyle and Katina Elbon and husband, Rob; great-grandchildren, who were the shining lights to Mr. Bonnell, Braelyn and Kelsea Bonnell; and 11 special great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were one sister, Dorothy Bonnell Lupardus; and one brother, Randall Bonnell.
Mr. Bonnell was a veteran of the United States Army, having survived during World War II at Normandy in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a machine gunner with the 784 AAA Heavy Artillery Company and an anti-aircraft gunner. Mr. Bonnell retired from West Maryland and CSX Railroad after 41 years of service as a crane operator. He was a member of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion and Summit Church of Elkins.
Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, from the funeral home chapel with Pastor Hal Boehm officiating. Interment will follow in American Legion's Little Arlington Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded at the gravesite by members of the West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard Program, H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion and Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of West Virginia Northern Regional Office, 1299 Pineview Drive Suite 3, Morgantown, WV 26505 or the Summit Church Building Fund, 302 Goff St., Elkins, WV 26241, in memory of Mr. Bonnell. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Earl Ray Bonnell. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.