Charles E. Bonwell

Born: Wed., Nov. 19, 1924
Died: Thu., Mar. 16, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Mar. 20, 2017
Location: Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel

Funeral Service

Tue., Mar. 21, 2017
Location: Milton Christian Church

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Charles E. Bonwell, 92, of Cambridge City went to be with his beloved wife Jean and his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at his residence.


He was born on November 19, 1924 to Ralph and Buelah Quinlan Bonwell and married the love of his life Norma Jean Cox on June 28, 1944 in Connersville, IN. Charles was raised by Jesse and Kathleen Bravard and entered the United States Navy on April 23, 1943. During World War II, he was a pilot in the Navy Air Corps in the Pacific Theater and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with five clusters.


He was employed for 43 years at Ford in Connersville, IN before retiring in 1987. He was also an avid restorer of antique John Deere tractors for many years. He was also an antique tractor puller and made his last hook in July of 2016 at the age of 91.


Charles was a member of the Milton Christian Church serving as an Elder. He also was a 50 plus year member of Milton Masonic Lodge #108 where he was a Past Master.


Charles is survived by his children Gregory A. (Jennifer) Bonwell, Marsha K. (Kendall Tollett) Gettinger, Kevin (Beth) Bonwell all of Cambridge City and Brett V. (Penny) Bonwell of Columbus, NE; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother Roy (Mary) Bonwell; nieces and nephews.


Besides his parents he was preceded in death his wife of 61 years Norma Jean (Cox) Bonwell; a grandson Scott A. Bonwell; brother William and sisters Betty and Annella.


Funeral services will be on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Milton Christian Church at 10:00 am with Rev. Scott Moistner officiating. Burial will follow in Valley Grove Cemetery where there will be military rites.. Friends may call at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City on Monday, March 20, 2017 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm where there will be Masonic services at 7:45 pm, and also one hour prior to the funeral at the church.



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Kathy Bennington Hagerty
   Posted Fri March 17, 2017
So sorry for your loss. I remember Mr. Bonwell from when we lived in Milton many many years ago. Will keep good thoughts for his family and friends.

   Posted Fri March 17, 2017


I was very sorry to hear of Charley's passing . Charley was very instrumental in growing the Connersville Plant and without his efforts the plant would never had the success it had ....My sincere sympathy goes out to his family in this time of grief

Donna Ailes
   Posted Fri March 17, 2017
So sorry for your loss...Uncle Charlie was a great uncle....I am in Arizona as Mardi had a knee replacement last Monday so taking care of her...don't know if you heard that Sharon's youngest son Hanson passed away a month ago unexpectedly...only 38...Marsha I changed phones and lost your phone # so would like to keep in # 765-309-7090..I will let Sharon know and will keep you all in my you all...Donna

Stephanie Hancock
   Posted Fri March 17, 2017

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Bill and Stephanie Hancock and Family.

Please accept our deepest sympathies on your loss. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and lasting memories to forever hold in your heart.

Cindy and Dennis Schroeder
   Posted Fri March 17, 2017
Our thought and prayers are with you all at this sad time. We all grew to love Charlie through his many visits to Columbus. Such a kind heart and one of the "good guys" of this world. May memories of all the fun times comfort you at this time.

James Leroy & Carol Dorrel
   Posted Fri March 17, 2017
Jim & I send our condolences to the family. We now live in Okeechobee, Fla., but received the news today. God bless the whole family.

Bill Flatt
   Posted Sat March 18, 2017
Charlie was one of the best men I knew during my years in Connersville. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to the family.

   Posted Sat March 18, 2017
Charlie was the main person responsible for the success of the Connervsille Plant and made working their enjoyable. He formed a bridge between Design Engineering and Manufacturing that was essential. A truly wonderful human being.

Brent and Darlene Fortman
   Posted Mon March 20, 2017
We are very sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing Charlie around town.

Indy Rebels
   Posted Mon March 20, 2017
Marsha, Shannon, Laynie and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in the many memories you share and may you find strength in knowing that many thoughts and prayers are with you all. We love you guys!

Your softball family,
Indy Rebels

   Posted Mon March 20, 2017



John & Mary Sonderman
   Posted Fri March 24, 2017
Charlie was a good person and I enjoyed discussing John Deere and Oliver tractors for pulling. While I know you are sad to see him go to heaven, it is where he longed to be. His lifelong example of a Christian life, father, grandfather, spouse, friend and member of the community provided a great role model of how to live life. May God Bless you all.