Born Jan. 2, 1944 in Rosiclare to Sidney and Dema Ruth Smith Bonnell, Mr. Bonnell served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He retired from Birmingham Bolt after 36 years of service.
Mr. Bonnell was a member of First United Methodist Church in Golconda.
Survivors include one son, Robert Scott Bonnell and wife Carolyn of Kankakee; one daughter, Staci Lynn Nugent and husband Matthew of Manteno; five grandchildren, Alyssa Mosier and husband Duane, Cassidy Bonnell, Sydnie Nugent, Emily Jo Bonnell and Sophia Nugent; one great-grandson, Owen Scott Mosier; his fiancée, Diane Vonderheid; and two brothers, Sidney Bonnell Jr. and Charles Bonnell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Orena Lee Bonnell; and one brother, Troy Bonnell.
Funeral service was held Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Golconda with Pastor Cherrie Wilkerson officiating. Burial followed at Palestine Cemetery near Golconda.
Aly Funeral Home in Golconda was in charge of arrangements.