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Gary Lee Gary

December 21, 1954November 7, 2020

Gary Lee Bonnell, 65, passed away on November 7, 2020 in Camdenton, MO. Born on December 21, 1954 in Mendota, IL to Anna Mae and Marvin Bonnell, Gary was lighthearted, carefree, warm, and had a silly sense of humor. It was this warmth and humor that prompted Gary to take in a squirrel he had found in trouble as a pet; he named the squirrel Charlie. While attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Gary passionately pursued his architectural studies, until his passions were refocused on a girl of all things. Gary met Patrice Bonnell (Quiram), proposed, dropped out of college, and was married on June 22, 1974. Together the duo built a family of two daughters, three grandchildren, a slew of cats, and a couple of son-in-laws. For those that might be concerned about Gary’s inability to stay focused on his studies in the presence of his beautiful bride, there is no need to fear. Gary returned to college, attending Illinois State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. With these talents, he started his own architecture firm, aptly named GB Architecture, designing numerous buildings including beautiful churches, unique apartment buildings and a magnificent Mosque. Even after retiring from his “side job” at State Farm in 2018, he continued to design projects for family and friends. Gary enjoyed learning about history, affectionately cheering on the Chicago White Sox, and he had an enormous love for his Chicago Bears, but the depth and breadth of his love was always given to his family. There was not a picture he wouldn’t show, or a story he wouldn’t share when it came to his wife, daughters and grandchildren; those who knew Gary will recall with fondness his everlasting way of storytelling. He was proud of his family - he loved spending time with them, laughing with them, sharing with them, making memories with them, and supporting them; simply put: Gary loved his family. He is survived by his wife Patrice, daughters Maranna (Curt) Binder, Aurora (Stephen) Anderson, grandchildren Augustus Binder, Emmett Binder and Aurelia Anderson. Also surviving him are his sisters Judy (Butch) Griswold, JoAnne Heinzeroth and Barbara (Louie) Bontz. Gary is preceded in death by his parents and his brother James Bonnell. A private graveside service for immediate family will be provided by East Lawn Funeral Home, with a memorial service planned for the late spring. Online tributes and condolences can be made at www.eastlawnmemorial.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you may make a donation to one of the following: The Lamb House 93 Morgan St Camdenton, MO 65020

Or for the bright futures of his grandchildren whom he was so proud of… Gary Bonnell Memorial Fund at IAA Credit Union 808 IAA Dr. PO Box 2901 Bloomington, IL 61702-2901

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”- Abraham Lincoln

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James and Janiece Scott

November 23, 2020

Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Thank you for the brief memories we have shared as a family brought together by marriage and thank you for the beautiful daughter you gave to our son to be his partner and cherished friend for life. We are blessed to have had you in our lives. You were so loved and will be so missed. We will help and be a part of your legacy living on through Aurelia. Enjoy the beauty of God’s Heaven where the best is yet to be.

Brenda and Dave Adkins

November 21, 2020

Pat, Dave and I were just getting to know Gary, and from what we DO know of him, we are sorry we didn't get more time with him. We enjoyed the meals we shared together and will miss him. Our sympathy and love,
Brenda and Dave Adkins

Richard/Nellie Jump

November 21, 2020

Gary came into our lives on June 7. 1958 the day of our marriage as our ring bearer and I guess that started his life of humor as he never made it all the way to the altar when he saw his mother he dropped the pillow and ran over and got up in her lap.

We will always hold his spirt in our hearts for always and to see such a young man leave us so soon is heart breaking.

We also know that he will live an eternal life with his Farther Marvin and Mother Anna Mae and brother James .

God be with you Gary and I am sure our paths will cross again.

Claire Eichelberger

November 18, 2020

Pat: Gordy and I send our sincere sympathy, thoughts and prayers. So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Know how much you’ll miss him but cherish the many happy years of your marriage and family times you spent together. Would love to talk to you. Send me a text with your phone number so we can get in touch. My email is legalsec10@fairpoint.net or leave message on my phone 309-287-1937. Claire Eichelberger

Janet Smith

November 17, 2020

Dear Pat,
I'm so sorry for your loss of Gary. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Janet Smith

Cathleen Weber

November 15, 2020

Gary was always at the girls activities! His smile & laughter always enlightening the fans! My condolences to the entire family.

Gina Ready

November 13, 2020

Gary's sense of humor and his dedication to his family and the Ellsworth United Methodist Church will always be remembered. He will truly be missed. Prayers to Pat, Maranna, Aurora and his entire family. 💔🙏🏼

Ron Kalley

November 13, 2020

I worked with Gary for many years in Building Design and Construction. We always worked well together and served together on the local IFMA Chapter Board. So sorry for your loss.
Ron Kalley

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