Lonnie Wayne Bunfill, 70, of Sherwood, Oregon, passed away on May 8, 2021 in Tualatin, Oregon. Lonnie was a godly man who loved the Lord and brought up his family to know and serve the Lord. Both he and Sherri raised three amazing children they love and are so very proud of. He was a devoted husband who showed his love and care for his wife everyday, forty-six years to be exact. He was fun-loving, adventurous, and a joy to his family. He was the heart of our home.
Lonnie was born in Beardstown, Illinois to Lozelle and Donna Bunfill on April 1, 1951. He went to Mount Sterling High School and graduated in 1969. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Western Illinois University. He and Sherri were married March 22, 1975 in Ottawa, Illinois. Their first home was in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, where he continued farming with his father, Lozelle. December of 1975 they moved to Albany, Oregon to plant a church. He worked as a material man, truck driver, storekeeper, and foreman for PacifiCorp Electrical Company for 38 years. He enjoyed gardening, hiking, reading, traveling, laughing, exploring, bird watching, singing and spending time with his family as much as possible. He was involved at his church, Grace Community/Horizon Community in Tualatin, Oregon for 37 years. He was a board member at Community Christian School. He was a deacon in the early years of his attendance. He taught Sunday School. He was an elder. He was a leader in the youth group for about 20 years. He also led life groups for over ten years. His motto: Everytime the church doors are open, we get to be there!
Lonnie is survived by his wife, Sherri of Sherwood, Oregon, daughters, Rebecca Erickson of Shreveport, Louisiana, and April Himes of Olympia, Washington, son, Benjamin Bunfill of Spokane, Washington, brothers, Tom Bunfill of Sullivan, Illinois, and Keith Bunfill of Creal Springs, Illinois, sisters, Vicki Peterson of Sullivan, Illinois and Felicia McEntire of Athens, Texas, parents, Lozelle and Donna Bunfill of Sullivan, Illinois, grandchildren, Isaac, Isabelle, Arielle, Bruny, Brunel, and Aliya Erickson of Shreveport, Louisiana, Adalie, Kylia, Zoie and Leilani Himes of Olympia, Washington, and Hannah, Sarah, Josiah and Malachi Bunfill of Spokane, Washington.
Lonnie’s Celebration of Life will be held at Horizon Community Church, 23370 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Oregon 97062, on June 19, 2021 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Stan Russell officiating. For those unable to attend, the service will be streamed live at https://live.horizoncommunity.church/. A private Burial, for family only, will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery, June 18, 2021.
Sherri and family would like to thank all of you who have lifted us up in prayer and shown love and care during this hard time. Your prayers have been felt and the peace of the Lord has been very near.