Eugene “Gene” Earl Wonders, 90 of Long Point/Cornell passed away Friday (September 17, 2021) at his home.
Gene was born on March 31, 1931 in Streator to Albert and Bessie (Kennedy) Wonders. He married Mary Sue Garretson on January 27, 1952. She preceded him in death on February 15, 2006.
Surviving are 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, Garretson and Shaw Dean, Annabell and Silvia Boggio, Keegan Roth, Alexa Bennet and Collin Wonders, loving and caring companion Charlotte Wilhelm and family Pat (Steve) Durdan, Dean (Nancy Vogel) Wilhelm and Penny Wilhelm and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary Sue, 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 until 1955. Gene farmed for 50 plus years, he escorted bridge beams for Deke Trucking and worked for Sauder Implement where one of his daily duties was to make sure the popcorn was made.
Gene was a member of the Long Point and Cornell American Legions, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Vermillion Boat Club and the Illinois Valley 2 cylinder Club.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 10am until 12noon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 12noon at the church with social distancing being followed and mask being worn. Burial will be in the Long Point Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Josh and Collin Wonders, Keegan Roth, Frank Boggio, Matt Dean and Matt Orr. Honorary will be Dean Wilhelm, Steve Durdan, Marion Johnson and Ken Redfern.
Memorials may be made to either the Long Point American Legion, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Foundation or a charity of the donors choice.