Arthur Lee Gonzalez, 77, of Rossville, passed away at 5:56 p.m. Thursday July, 25, 2013, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Lee was born Aug. 18, 1935 in Paxton, the son of Joseph and Hannah (Hansen) Gonzalez.
He married Bonnie Lou Bennett on April 24, 1954, at the Central Church of Christ in Effingham. After 50 years of marriage, she preceded him in death on May 3, 2004.
He is survived by two daughters, Gail (Chapman) Jones of Madera, Calif. and Deanna (Terry) Misner of Rossville; two sons, Dennis Gonzalez and Dana Gonzalez both of Rossville; six grandchildren, Johnny Bray, Emily (Ben) Catron, Tyler Misner and Rachel, Kendra and Reagan Gonzalez; one great-grandson, Cooper Catron; and several nieces and nephews. He also is survived by his friend, Leona Marshall of Rossville.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold, George and Alvin; and two sisters, Margaret and Josephine.
Lee worked at Food Machinery Corporation in Hoopeston, before retiring after 30-plus years of service. He was a volunteer fireman for the Rossville Fire Department, where he currently was serving on the board and had also served as past fire chief.
He was an outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and camping with his family and working in his yard, where he enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels. Lee also enjoyed woodworking and tinkering with cars.
Visitation for Lee will be 4–7 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013, at Anderson Funeral Home, 427 E. Main St., Hoopeston. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Anderson Funeral Home. Burial will be at Mann’s Chapel Cemetery in rural Rossville.
Memorials may be made to the Rossville Fire Department, P.O. Box 262, Rossville, IL 60963.
Visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Lee’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.
Arrangements are being handled by Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston.