Donald Bonnell

February 27, 1948April 13, 2021

Bonnell, Donald age 73, of St. Louis, died on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Don was born, grew up, lived, worked and raised his family in St. Louis. He is survived by his twin brother, Ronald; his loving daughters Tiffany Bonnell and Tamara McCormick; his four grandchildren, Hunter, Charley, Perla and Marlo; and his faithful dog, Dina. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lois Hukriede Bonnell; his father Virgil Lee Bonnell; and his brothers, Gary Lee Bonnell and Frederick Wayne Bonnell. Don was a lifelong machinist and engineer with an always-busy mechanical mind. As a young man, he played baseball and rugby. Over the years, he collected whatever antiques that spoke to him, especially maple furniture. A friend to everyone he encountered, Don logged countless miles around Compton Hill Reservoir and Tower Grove parks, and the well-trodden sidewalks of the historic Shaw neighborhood and South St. Louis. In his memory, the family simply encourages you to plant a tree, cheer on the Cardinals and Blues, support local small businesses, adopt a dog and keep telling that favorite joke.

A small memorial will be planned in June.


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Dave Aitken

April 16, 2021

So so sorry to hear that Don passed. What a great guy. Played rugby with him and Ron and Fred on Clayton Rugby Club back in the 70's and had a fantastic time. Don was a great teammate, a great friend, and an interesting guy who was always fun to talk with. My thoughts and prayers are with Don's Family and Friends during this most difficult time. We lost another good one way too soon!

Bob Hilgemann

April 15, 2021

Don was a great guy and a wonderful neighbor, The people who worked for him at his machine shop will aways remember him and his steadfastness, his thrifty protocol, and his concern for getting the job done,

In his final years we enjoyed seeing him walk his dog in the neighborhood. We won’t ever forget his gratuitous welcome and his wonderful smile,