Frank Bonnell
Captain
April 27, 2009


To fly west, my friend, is a flight we all must take for a final check. Born May 4, 1931 and died at home surrounded by family on April 28, 2009 after suffering from a heart related illness. Frank, often called "Bernie" by long time friends and at home was the scion of an old Seattle Family. He was a graduate of Garfield High School and the University of Washington. Frank volunteered for combat duty serving in the 38th Infantry Regiment in Korea where he saw front line service. After the war, he worked in the family business at Bonnell Nurseries in Renton, Washington, as had his father and grandfather. Frank wanted to fly, so he went through many hours of flight training and became a pilot having flown with Pacific Northern Airlines, and later for Wien, West Coast, Air West, and finally retiring, after many years of service, as a Captain from Northwest Airlines. Always interested in real estate activities, Frank developed and then re-developed the last Bonnell Nurseries site which is now the present Wal-Mart Center in Renton, Washington. He is survived by, Polly, his loving wife of nearly 55 years, his sons Frank III and Peter, his daughter Camille, his grandchildren Sam Robbins, Jacqueline Bonnell, and Lauren Bonnell, his sister Barbara Bonnell Simonson, his nephews Steve, Phil, and Ken Holt, and Mike, Steve, and Bill Nolan, and nieces Colleen and Sarah Nolan. Frank and Polly traveled the wide world and lived for a lengthy period in France. He was interested in horticulture, the French language, words, dancing (particularly Argentine tango) and car restoration. A reception honoring Frank will be held May 21st at 4:00 p.m. at the Harbor Club located at 777 - 108th Ave. N.E., Suite 2500 Bellevue, Washington. Our dad was a giant. He rarely talked about himself, rarely complained about his own troubles, though he was no shrinking violet when he needed you to know something or felt strongly about something, and his deeds usually preceded or always followed his words. He was a romantic figure who whole heartedly supported the American way of life, believed in service to our country, believed those that took the initiative should reap the fruits of their labors, and he mostly believed in sacrifice for others which he demonstrated time-and-time-again. Our dad was our hero and we shall all miss him greatly but remember him always in our hearts.To fly west, my friend, is a flight we all must take for a final check. Born May 4, 1931 and died at home surrounded by family on April 28, 2009 after suffering from a heart related illness. Frank, often called "Bernie" by long time friends and at home was the scion of an old Seattle Family. He was a graduate of Garfield High School and the University of Washington. Frank volunteered for combat duty serving in the 38th Infantry Regiment in Korea where he saw front line service. After the war, he worked in the family business at Bonnell Nurseries in Renton, Washington, as had his father and grandfather. Frank wanted to fly, so he went through many hours of flight training and became a pilot having flown with Pacific Northern Airlines, and later for Wien, West Coast, Air West, and finally retiring, after many years of service, as a Captain from Northwest Airlines. Always interested in real estate activities, Frank developed and then re-developed the last Bonnell Nurseries site which is now the present Wal-Mart Center in Renton, Washington. He is survived by, Polly, his loving wife of nearly 55 years, his sons Frank III and Peter, his daughter Camille, his grandchildren Sam Robbins, Jacqueline Bonnell, and Lauren Bonnell, his sister Barbara Bonnell Simonson, his nephews Steve, Phil, and Ken Holt, and Mike, Steve, and Bill Nolan, and nieces Colleen and Sarah Nolan. Frank and Polly traveled the wide world and lived for a lengthy period in France. He was interested in horticulture, the French language, words, dancing (particularly Argentine tango), and car restoration. A reception honoring Frank will be held May 21st at 4:00 p.m. at the Harbor Club located at 777 - 108th Ave. N.E., Suite 2500 Bellevue, Washington. Our dad was a giant. He rarely talked about himself, rarely complained about his own troubles, though he was no shrinking violet when he needed you to know something or felt strongly about something, and his deeds usually preceded or always followed his words. He was a romantic figure who whole heartedly supported the American way of life, believed in service to our country, believed those that took the initiative should reap the fruits of their labors, and he mostly believed in sacrifice for others which he demonstrated time-and-time-again. Our dad was our hero and we shall all miss him greatly but remember him always in our hearts.

                    Thanks to Gene Kranc for this tribute.