Lavonne (Bonny) Wicks

Oct. 2, 1931-Aug. 18, 2018

Lavonne (Bonny)

Wicks, 86 of Champaign

Illinois, passed away

peacefully with family Sa-

turday August 18, 2018 at

Clark Lindsey Village in


Born on October 2,

1931 in Stanley, ND, the

daughter of Archie and

Estelle Yineman, Bonny

was raised in North Dako-

ta and Montana. She re-

ceived her bachelor’s de-

gree from Jamestown Col-

lege. Soon thereafter she

married Eugene Wicks on

June 21, 1953 and moved

to Norfolk Virginia while

Gene was in the US Navy

and Bonny taught elemen-tary school. In 1960 Bon-

ny and Gene moved to

Champaign for Gene’s

teaching position with the

University of Illinois

School of Art and Design.

While raising their three

sons, Bonny, a master

weaver, exhibited and

sold her unique work at

venues across the

Midwest. Later in life

Bonny worked for the

Internal Revenue Service

and taught adult reading

in Champaign. Gene and

Bonny were avid travelers

and were fortunate to

have the opportunity in

1994 to move to Bal-

lyvaughan, Ireland to help

establish the Burren Col-

lege of Art. In 1998 they

returned to Champaign

where they retired. After

Gene’s death in 2005 Bon-

ny moved to Clarke

Lindsey where she be-

came an energetic

member of the communi-

ty. She will always be

remembered for her

genuine interest and sup-

port of others, her sense

of humor, curiosity, com-

passion for others and


Those most honored to

share her life are her three

sons Chris (Diana Berg-

man) of Edmond Oklaho-

ma, Louis (Kim) of Mor-

ton Illinois, Jim (Sue) of

Lake Bluff Illinois, eight

grandchildren Jessica, Za-

chary (Brianna), Jordan,

Robb (Cassy), Ryan (Ha-

ley), Rachel (Ravon),

Kathryn and Allison and

four great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in

death by her parents Ar-

chie and Estelle Yineman,

her brother Don and her

husband Gene.

A Memorial Service

will be held at Clark

Lindsey Village, 101 W

Windsor Rd, Urbana, IL.

at 1:00 in the afternoon on

Saturday September 1.

Condolences may be of-

fered at www.owens