Beloved husband of Patricia (nee Jacobs) Bonner. Loving father of Brian (Amy), Bob (Tamsen), and Brandon. Proud papa of Brian, the late Liam, and Fiona. Preceded in death by his parents Jack and Marjorie Bonner. Dear brother of Jack (Caroline), the late Dennis (Linda), Brenda (Pete), and Margie (Mike). Kind uncle to many nieces and nephews. Loved by many cousins.
Mel was a retired electrician for Local 134. He was an exceptional tradesman, extremely handy and a hard worker. He and Patty raised their boys in South Holland, IL. until 1988. Mel had always wanted to build his own home and made that dream a reality with the help of family and friends. They moved to Tinley Park, IL. where he resided until his passing. Mel was very passionate for his sports teams, especially the Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks. In his younger years he played softball, basketball and bowled. Eventually he channeled his energy and passion into coaching his sons in football and baseball. He influenced the lives of many young men, on and off the field. Mel eventually found more time (and money) to golf when his sons were grown. He loved to play a round with family and friends any chance he could get. Golf provided many of his greatest memories. Mel was fiercely loyal to his family and always there to help no matter the time or place. He was a great friend to all who knew him and he will be greatly missed.
Visitation Thursday, January 25th from 3:00pm until 8:00pm.
Chapel prayers Friday, January 26th, 10:15am at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 West 127th Street, Palos Heights. Proceeding to Saint George Church, 6707 West 175th Street, Tinley Park, Mass 11:00am.
Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation https://livelikeinitiative.org/donation/