The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 5, 2014

Earl L. Wonderlin

The Commercial-News

Earl L. Wonderlin, 99, of Danville, died at 6:20 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Hawthorne Inn of Danville. 

He was born in Catlin on Sept. 5, 1914, the son of William and Minnie Smith Wonderlin. Earl was married to Marie Lourance on April 22, 1953. They were married for 63 years when she passed away on May 21, 1998.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna (Russ) Hibler of Danville; nine grandchildren, Debbie (Terry) Toler, Steve Phillips, Lori Wood, Terri McClure, Jeff (Mary) Hibler, Penny (Brian) Bensyl, Ronnie Hibler, Kelli (Rod) Pierce and Scott Neff; and several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Wilma Hibler; a son-in-law, Ron Hibler; a son, Bill Wonderlin; a grandson, Alan Neff; three brothers; and four sisters.

Earl had worked in a coal mine for 18 years before joining General Motors for 25 additional years. He retired from GM in 1976 and was a member of the UAW 579 and a former UMW member. Earl loved watching all sports, especially Illini games, but was a lifelong member of the Die Hard Cubs Fan Club. He was a left-handed pitcher, playing for the W&W Coal baseball team in 1941 in the Twilight League, when he pitched a no hitter game.

A service to celebrate the life of Earl Wonderlin will be at 12 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Sunset’s Oakwood Chapel, A Life Celebration Home in Oakwood. Pastor Kenneth Bostwick will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. prior to the service on Tuesday, also at Sunset’s Oakwood Chapel.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Please join Earl’s family in sharing memories on his tribute wall at

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