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John Bonwell III

September 28, 1930 May 21, 2020
John Bonwell III
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John Edgar Bonwell III went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 21, 2020.

John was born September 28, 1930 in Vallejo, California to parents John Edgar and Gladys Ellen (Patrick) Bonwell Jr. He was known for being honorable and loving to those closest to him and a genuine patriot.

John graduated from Alameda High School and the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering. Using his engineering degree, he worked for The City of Berkeley retiring after 30 years.

John was active in San Francisco bay area camera clubs and was frequently asked to judge important competitions. He and his wife traveled to the British Isles and treasured a genealogy tour from Montana to Nebraska. John enjoyed numerous camping trips to Idaho for stream fishing.

During the Korean conflict he joined the Air Force. As this was during the cold war, his group was handpicked to carry the atomic bomb if it had been needed. John fondly remembers those years with a license plate on his old Mercedes B36GUNR.

He was married to Marian Ellen Lallman for 49 years before her passing.

John reacquainted himself with Marian’s best friend MaryAlice Brown and after a brief courtship they married in 2008 in Lynden, Washington.

John will be greatly missed by his sweetheart of 11 years MaryAlice.

The family wants to thank Visiting Angles and other caregivers who made it possible for John to stay home in his declining years.

John will be interred in The Sacramento California National Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to an outstanding Christian media company Illustra Media, PO Box 636, La Mirada, CA 90637-0636. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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