Roy Léa Bonwell | Journal review
Roy Lea Bonwell, 94, of rural Darlington passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at her home, obtaining permanent citizenship in Heaven.
Roy was born June 17, 1927 in Brookville, son of the late Ralph and Buelah (Quinlan) Bonwell. He married Mary (Wools) Bonwell on April 22, 1948, celebrating 71 years together until Mary’s death at the age of 90 in 2019.
Roy and Mary started their home in Indianapolis then moved to Franklin Indiana and in 1965 settled permanently in the Thorntown / Darlington area. Roy was the rock of his family, losing his mother at the age of 9, he was determined to create an unwavering and stable family life for his family. Her gift to her family was that they always knew there was a home to go to, no matter what age or age. And he would always be there, calm, unwavering and strong. As parents, they discussed their differences but never raised their voices to each other to set an example for their children.
Roy was a WWII veteran serving in the Navy at the age of 17 from July 1944 to June 1946. He was awarded the American Zone Ribbon, Victory Ribbon, and Asia-Pacific Ribbon. He returned home to Connersville, where he met Mary while she was visiting a pen pal.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends while being a member of the Darlington Congregation Christian Church, attending the men’s Bible study and the men’s church breakfast on Saturday each. month. He also enjoyed the mission trips and he and Mary were able to make three trips with the Assembly of God Church in Crawfordsville to build new churches in Quito, Ecuador, El Salvador, and the Canary Islands. Roy also enjoyed camping, reading historical books about the Civil War and WWII and most of all teasing his grandchildren.
Roy started his professional career as a teenager setting up bowling pins and delivering home grown watermelons to the local Kroger in Connersville. He then worked for Hayes Trucking in Indianapolis, then at PR Mallorys as a security guard, milkman for Wayne Dairy in Franklin, supervisor at Stewart Warner in Lebanon, farm worker for Schrier Farms for 25 years and then at 65 when he retired. farm work and started working at Walmart in Crawfordsville for another 25 years. He finally retires at the age of 90. So as not to be late for work once, being a strong man physically, he lifted his Ford truck to fix a flat tire!
Those left behind to carry on his legacy are: his children, William (Deb) Bonwell, Mary Isenhower, Rebecca (Richard) Slyker, Tim (Melanie) Bonwell, Kathy (Devon) Clawson and Mark (Tobie) Bonwell; 11 grandchildren, Roy (Michele) Isenhower, Joan Isenhower Irwin, Jennifer Isenhower, James (Penny) Isenhower, Christopher (Kaysha) Bonwell, Megan (Anthony) Fitzsimons, Oliva Bonwell, Caleb Bonwell, Kassidy Bonwell, Kim Bonwell (wife of the late Travis Bonwell) Ryanne (Mike) Hurley; eight step-grandchildren, Susan (Chris) Wynn, Kelly (Matt) Hatton, Brad (Tammy) Polston, Peyton, Ricky, Austin and Sydnie Ball and Alex Dagley; and 16 great-grandchildren, Nick and Devin Isenhower, Brittany and Jarrod Irwin, Tyler and Brandon Isenhower, Ethan Garrett, Mason, Ada, Nora and Owen Bonwell, Kaylise Hurley, Finn Hatton, Braxton Bonwell and Hayden and Reilly Ball with a another great grandson will arrive in April 2022.
Also preceding Roy in death are the brothers, William and Charles Bonwell; Sister Annella Kunkel Logan; grandson Travis Bonwell; son-in-law Danny Isenhower; nephews Kevin Bonwell, David Bonwell and Michael Kunkel; and niece Louise Bonwell Baker.
Family and friends will gather from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 30 for visits to the Darlington Congregational Christian Church, 101 Academy St., Darlington. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 1 at the church, with Pastor Seth Stultz officiating. Roy will be buried in Washington Park North Cemetery, Indianapolis.
Roy’s final care was entrusted to the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, Lebanon. You are invited to visit the site where you can sign their register online and leave a personal message www.strawmyerdrury.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Roy’s memory to the Darlington Congregational Christian Church Men’s Fund.