Photo: Emmett/Joneson/Morris/1941-2021

Emmett L. Joneson, 79, of Morris, went home to be with the Lord Friday, March 5, 2021.  Born in Seneca on April 20, 1941, he was the son of the late Vera Switzenburg Joneson.

Emmett was educated in Coal City Schools. He married Bonnie Patton on March 17, 1962.  A well-known, self-taught gunsmith, Emmett also enjoyed restoring vintage cars and working on his own cars. Emmett and Bonnie enjoyed vacationing with their good friends, Linda and Dan Olson, and meeting for breakfast at Weitz’s.  His biggest joy in life was to see his children and grandchildren happy.  Emmett was especially proud of his fourth generation.

Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Bonnie; his children: Bobby (Lisa) Joneson of Morris and Michele (Bill) Oldenburg of Plainfield; grandchildren: Heidi (Jeremy) Orlovich, Michael (Shawna) Joneson, Daryk (Erin) Joneson, Tiffany Underhill, Melissa (Branden) Paull, Eric (Kendal) Scheblein, and Amanda Scheblein. Also survived by 14 great-grandchildren with one on the way and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Vera; two brothers, Roy and Merve Joneson; and two sisters, Charlotte and Mardel.

Visitation will be held for Emmett Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, located at 1650 W. Route 6, Morris, IL. Celebration of Emmett’s Life will be at 10 a.m., Monday, March 8, 2021 at the church, officiated by Pastor Steve Larson. Interment will be in Sample Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Emmett’s name to the family.  The family would like to make special thanks to Joliet Area Community Hospice for the loving care they provided to Emmett. 

Due to COVID-19 requirements, safe social distancing will be required and we are asking for visitors to wear their masks while visiting the family.

An online guestbook has been made for the family, where you may sign the guestbook, share memories and photographs. You can access this by visiting the website at www.ucdaviscallahan.com. Arrangements have been entrusted with U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W. Washington Street, Morris, IL.