Eugene “Gene” Earl Wonders, 90, of Long Point / Cornell died Friday, September 17, 2021 at his home.
Gene was born on March 31, 1931 to Streator of Albert and Bessie (Kennedy) Wonders. He married Mary Sue Garretson on January 27, 1952. She was predeceased on February 15, 2006.
The surviving children, Rebecca (Alan) Trainor and Stephen (Mary) Wonders, grandchildren, Meaghan (Matt) Dean, Heather (Frank) Boggio, Tarah (Brian) Bennett, Josh Wonders, Angela Wonders and Miranda Nowocin, great-grandchildren -children, Garretson and Shaw Dean, Annabell and Silvia Boggio, Keegan Roth, Alexa Bennet and Collin Wonders, loving and caring companion Charlotte Wilhelm and the Pat (Steve) Durdan family, Dean (Nancy Vogel) Wilhelm and Penny Wilhelm and their children , grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his parents, his wife Mary Sue, his siblings, Kenneth (Ronelva) Wonders, Ruth (Robert) Mathis and Helen (Orville) Fulkerson.
Gene graduated from Streator High School in 1949. He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1955. Gene was a farmer for over 50 years, escorting deck beams for Deke Trucking and working for Sauder Implement where one of his daily tasks was to make sure the popcorn was done.
Gene was a member of the Long Point and Cornell American Legions, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Vermillion Boat Club, and the Illinois Valley 2-Cylinder Club.
Visitations will be Tuesday from 10 am to 12 noon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. The funeral will be held Tuesday at noon at the church with respect for social distancing and the wearing of the mask. Interment will be in Long Point cemetery.
The bearers will be Josh and Collin Wonders, Keegan Roth, Frank Boggio, Matt Dean and Matt Orr. The honoraria will be Dean Wilhelm, Steve Durdan, Marion Johnson and Ken Redfern.
Commemorations can be made to the Long Point American Legion, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Foundation, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Winterrowd Funeral Home helps the family make the arrangements.
Winterrow Funeral Home
305 S. Park St.
Streator, IL 61364