Bethel C. Tunnell, 101 of Rockford, IL passed away peacefully, early Thursday morning, August 20, 2015 in Swedish American Hospital after a sudden illness. Bethel was born April 9, 1914 in Persia, TN the son of Orville “Orv” and Nancy Isophene “Vena” (Presley) Tunnell. He married Opal Brown on December 28, 1946 in Gate City, VA; following her death her married Leola Carter in 1981. Bethel was a sign builder working for Pierce Sign Company in Rockford and for Tickle Brothers Sign Company in Bristol, TN. Some of the local signs still in use today are all the signs for the House of Bottles as well as the “Heart” for the city of Loves Park, IL. Bethel served our country in World War II in the European-African Middle Eastern Theater serving in Libya, Egypt, Naples and Rome. Bethel enjoyed vegetable gardening and could fix or build anything.
Bethel is loved and will be missed by his son, Stanley (Joan) Tunnell of Rockford; daughter in-law, Sharon Tunnell; grandchildren, Tina Tunnell, Brad (Carla) Tunnell, Carrie (Wesley) Rabon, Melissa (Fil) DeLeon; great grandchildren, Damon, Hillary, Hallie, Gatlin, Wyatt, Michaela, Malachi, Tashiana, Kaiden. Bethel is predeceased by his parents, wife, Opal, second wife, Leola and son, Dale Tunnell.
Bethel’s family acknowledges the love and care provided by Comfort Keepers, especially Debbie, to Bethel.
Private graveside services with military rites will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Shattuck Grove Cemetery, 9600 Reeds Crossing Road, Belvidere, IL with Rev. Calvin Culpepper, pastor of Court Street United Methodist Church officiating. Memorials can be given in care of Court Street United Methodist church, 215 N. Court Street, Rockford, IL 61103 in Bethel’s name. To light a candle or to share a memory, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com