Donald Sargent Bonsell

(February 19, 1920 - May 9, 1978)

The Lusk Herald
May 11, 1978

Frances Bonsell's son dies

Don Bonsell, 58, the son of Frances Bonsell of Lusk, died Tuesday afternoon in St. Paul, Minn. following head injuries he received Sunday in a freak accident.

Bonsell was towing a friend's car when he stopped to check the tow chain. As he was standing between the two vehicles, a third vehicle struck the rear end of the towed car crushing Bonsell between the two vehicles. He received injuries to the head and was later operated on for a blood clot on the brain.

Bonsell graduated from high school in Lusk in 1938 and joined the service in 1941 serving as a navigator and pilot in the U.S. Air Force. After the service he attended college in Minneapolis and later worked for the 3M Company, for Northwest Airlines as a navigator and for Univac.

He was married in 1942 Alta Mae Shaw and the couple had a daughter, Ann Freestone, who now lives in Sidney, Mont.

Bonsell was divorced after the war and married Audrey Haller of St. Paul in 1947. They had three children, Jeff, now a chiropractor in St. Paul; David, a high school senior and one girl, Linda, now attending college in Minnesota.

Bonsell is survived by his wife Audrey, brother Roger of Lusk, a sister Eva Lou Paris of Mesa, Ariz., and his mother Frances.

He was preceded in death by his father and a sister Miriam Brott. The funeral will be in St. Paul.

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