Max Bonnell

Max Bonnell

Max F. Bonnell of Otsego, MI passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013 in Kalamazoo. Max Bonnell was born April 4, 1933 in Alamo Twp., the son of Alan and Minerva (Flegal) Bonnell. Max attended Otsego High School where he played clarinet in the band and was in the graduating class of 1951. Following graduation Max worked as an Auto Mechanic until he was able to open his own service station. He was the owner of Bonnell’s Auto Service in Alamo from 1968 – 1978. He then worked as a mechanic, a parts manager and a service manager for several area auto dealerships. Max retired from Rex Hays Chevrolet in Allegan in May 1998. Max enjoyed ice fishing with his sons while they were growing up, golfing, bowling, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also played clarinet and saxophone with a local band and enjoyed stock car racing, he was the owner of a stock car and drove from time to time.

On June 27, 1953 in Otsego, Max married Betty Fuller who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons, Brian (Susan) Bonnell and Terry (Charlene) Bonnell; grandchildren, Daniel (Elizabeth), Shaun, Heather (Jeffrey) Kiel, Cody, Jeffrey (Meredith), Keith, Amy (Mark) Morey; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Alan and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother and sister.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial visitation will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2013 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. immediately followed by a memorial service at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, Pastor Ron Lugten officiating. Burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego at a later date.

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  1. Dan & Sherlene Belden says:

    Betty and Family, We are so sorry for the loss of your wonderful husband, father and grandfather. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Love, Dan & Sherlene

  2. gary melvin says:

    terry and charlene
    you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    with GODS blessings
    gary melvin

  3. Reta Smith says:

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of Max. Thoughts and prayers are with you. I bowled on a senior league with Max, at the Plainwell Lanes, with Gail Stockdale, Randy Persons, Mildred Whitcomb and Maxine Sandahl. He will be missed!

  4. Wayne Carpenter says:

    Very Sorry to see of Max Bonnell, passing, Please acept My Condolence’s. Max was a very good friend of mine and my wife.
    We all were member’s of the Potawatomi Archery Club here in Kalamazoo. He was a very good Archer, We shot a lot together.
    He posted some very good score’s, So did both of His son’s. Brian and Terry. May He rest in Peace, and God Bless the Family !

  5. Ray & Jane Bomeli says:

    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We’ve lost a great friend and neighbor.


    sorry for your loss we know you will all miss max very much

  7. Bob & Barb Fuller says:

    So sorry we could not be there. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Max was a fun person to be around. Bob and I will never forget
    the fun we had with you both on the trip to Puerto Rico. Our condolences to Brian and his family and Terry and his family.
    Love, Bob & Barb & family

  8. Vern & Bonnie Olcott says:

    Thanks for the memories of hours of togetherness:driving,running a carousel, the friendship of your sons, and the many hours with Betty on the road. You have a great family.
    Vern and Bonnie Olcott

  9. John & Diane Glessner says:

    Dear Betty, Brian & Terry & families,

    We are so sorry we were unable to attend services for Max. John isn’t feeling well and I was tied down with grandchildren. John has many fond memories of times with his parents and Bea & Chuck and the kids. Max was always helpful to me as a teenager and any car problems I had. We will keep all of you in our prayers at this very difficult time. May God give you His strength and comfort. Love, John & Diane Glessner

  10. Warren & Dixie Hile says:

    Our dear friend, Betty & Family. We are so sorry for your loss and send all our love to you and yours. We are so glad to have been such good friends for so many years and will hold these memories in our hearts. Dixie & Warren

  11. Sue Higgs says:

    Sorry I was unable to attend visitation but my sincere condolenses to you Betty and your family. I know you all had many good times together and someday you will meet again.

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