Paul Bonn’s Father, “Hap” passed away

Harold S. Bonn (1928 – 2011)

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P1130370_20110626.jpgHarold Bonn

Harold S. “Hap” Bonn, 82, of Belleville, Ill., born Sept. 22, 1928, in Belleville, Ill., was called home to God, surrounded by his loving family Sunday, June 26, 2011, at his residence.

For nine years Harold lived at St. John’s orphanage. He came to Belleville to live with his aunt, Emelia Voellinger, he then attended Cathedral High School where he excelled in sports. He was employed at Illinois American Water Company for 40 years, where he retired as assistant customer service superintendent in 1990. Harold was a member of many organizations including; Southside Improvement Association, 25 Club, Exchange Club, Belleville Senior Citizens, North East Neighborhood Watch, Southern Illinois De-Fibbers Club and the P.S.O.P. Men’s Club. Hap was also an advisor for the Junior Achievement Program for 15 years, and was a Khoury League team manager.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lillian, nee Reinheimer, Bonn; a brother, Arnold J. Bonn; sisters, Elizabeth Hoock and Betty Jean McArthur; an aunt, Emelia Voellinger.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Shirley J., nee Bayer, Bonn, whom he married April 29, 1950; three sons, Paul (Kathy) Bonn, of O’Fallon, Ill., Richard Bonn (Gail Setzer) of Columbia, Ill., and Jeffrey Bonn, of Belleville, Ill.; a daughter, Julie (Stacy) Wind, of New Carlisle, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Salem Bonn (Kim Reineke), Sasha (Brett) Hanvey, Derek Bonn (Kristen Henry), Emily (Eric) Yost, Lindsey Wind, Mia Wind and Colin Wind; three great-grandchildren, Zane Bonn, Madeline Yost and Aidan Pena; a sister, Ethel (Melvin) Schwartz; a brother-in-law, Donnie (Marian) Bayer; sister-in-law, Norma (Jim) Amann; 15 nieces and nephews; many cousins and dear friends.

Broken Chain

We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name.

In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone;

For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories, Your love is still our guide;

And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,

And nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the Exchange Club of Belleville. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.

Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.


Published in Belleville News-Democrat from June 27 to June 28, 2011

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