Mr. Lonnon was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council 1028. He worked as a mechanic at Scott Air Force Base before his retirement, and he was a member of the Non-Commissioned Officers Association. Gerald was a veteran of the United States Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Mary Ann, nee Stueve, Lonnon, whom he married on June 10, 1962, and who died on May 7, 2006; his son, Eric L. Lonnon; a grandson, Brian E. Lonnon; and his parents, Pearl C. “Pete” and Amelia M., nee Suchy, Lonnon.
Surviving are his daughter, Lynn Ann (Terry) Smith of Belleville, IL;
a daughter-in-law, Nyla Lonnon of Great Bend, KS;
seven grandchildren, David Smith (Brian Bonger) of Chicago, IL,
Teresa Smith of Belleville, IL,
Kara Lonnon (Cody Herrman) of La Crosse, KS,
Amanda Lonnon Weber of Ellinwood, KS,
Dawn (Jay) Holloway of Great Bend, KS,
Randi (Mike) Legleiter of La Crosse, KS,
and Doug Meredith of Stafford, KS;
three great-grandchildren, Montana Holloway, Brylee Herrman, and Waylon Weber;
his sister, Caraleta P. (Markus) Huslig of Mulvane, KS;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2015, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Burial with military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.
Gerald will be greatly missed by all of us, my children and my grandchildren. Gerald became an important part of our family and we will always love him.
Rosanne Wheatley, Belleville , Illinois, 62220
I want to express my sympathy to Gerald’s family. I did not know him well but remember him being at family reunion functions. My father, Fred Schugart, was his first cousin. I knew Gerald’s mother well. I will hold Gerald in my prayers. Sister Anita Schugart
Sister Anita Schugart, Great Bend, KS, 67530
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