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John O. Bonnell

Published: Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 4:57 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 8:37 p.m. CDT
John O. Bonnell

DIXON – John O. Bonnell, 67, of Dixon, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon.

He was born June 17, 1949, in Mendota, the son of Orville "Big O" and Irene (Salz) Bonnell. He attended Maytown and Amboy schools. He loved his family, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears, and was an avid reader.

John was a heavy equipment operator for Local 150 for 44 years before retiring in 2013. He was a member of the Dixon Elks Lodge and Dixon Public Library.

John married Pam Setchell Kempson on June 19, 1992, in Monroe, Wisconsin.

He is survived by his wife; children, Matthew Kempson of Phoenix, and Amy Johnson of Oregon; and grandson, Mitchell Johnson. He also is survived by six sisters, Peggy (Myrl) Johnson and Janelle (Jim) Clark, both of Dixon, Rosann (Bill) Good of Pearland, Texas, Bonnie (John) Carson of Ashton, Jill  Streeter of Spring Valley, and Lucy (Darin) Miller of Byron; four brothers, Joel (Karen) Bonnell of Dixon, Thomas (Lynn) Bonnell of Franklin Grove, and Daniel "Peach" (Connie) Bonnell and Jerry (Vicki) Bonnell both of Amboy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents; both of his parents; two brothers, Martin K. Bonnell and Steven J. Bonnell; one sister, Linda Chavera; two brothers-in-law, Phil Sofolo and Rollie Streeter; nephew, Brock Bonnell; and niece, Rachel Bonnell.

A celebration of John's life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Dixon Elks Club. John's family requests casual attire, and you can wear your Cubs or Bears gear. Jones Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements.

A memorial has been established to Pankhurst Memorial Library in Amboy.

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