The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 22, 2014

Orville Bonebrake

The Commercial-News

---- — Orville Bonebrake, 95, of Danville, passed away at 4:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at Gardenview Nursing Home in Tilton.

He was born the son of Paul and Leona (Onley) Bonebrake on May 7, 1918, in Georgetown.

He was married to Margaret Lucille Evans on Aug. 18, 1939, until her passing on Jan. 6, 1990. He later was wed to Mary Elizabeth Knowles, who will miss him dearly.

He will also be missed by: his children, Charles (Bernadine) Bonebrake of Olympia Fields, Sandra (John) Sykes of Danville, David (Pam) Bonebrake of Oakland, James (Kay) Bonebrake of Oswego and Donna Sue (Jan Cusak) Bonebrake of Springville, Ind.; his stepdaughters Jane (James) Hall of Danville and Marianne (Andy) Monson of Danville; his 14 grandchildren; his eight step grandchildren; his 24 great-grandchildren; 14 step great-grandchildren; his four great-great-grandchildren; and one step great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Marvin; his stepdaughter Judy Klaman; and his nephew, Ronnie Bonebrake.

In 1946, Orville started his building career as a carpenter. He volunteered his time with 4-H, helping his five children as well as others. He also was involved with the Boy Scouts while David and Jim were scouts. In 1955, Orville became a Mason and eventually won the Masonic Builder of the Year. He coached in the Vermilion County Girls Softball League and took the girls to a Vermilion County and state championship in 1967. He was a member of the Eastern Star Danville Chapter 854 and became a “Rainbow Dad” for the Georgetown Chapter of Rainbow Girls. He later was elected as a trustee of McKendree Township. He was member of the Carpenters Local 16 for 65 years, Order of the Eastern Star in Danville and First United Methodist Church in Danville. He was an avid golfer.

He was known as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who touched many lives in everything he was involved in and was a positive influence for all. Orville lived his life to the fullest and will be remembered and loved by many.

A celebration of Orville’s life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Sunset’ s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, with Nathan Jefferies officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the funeral home, with the Masonic rites at 7 p.m. He will be laid to rest in Georgetown Cemetery.

Memorial donation may be given in his name to First United Methodist Church, Danville. Please join his family in sharing memories, photos and videos through his Tribute Wall at

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