After a long life
of positive energy and smiles, Arthur Joseph Tonner passed on at the age of
He was born on July
3, 1930, to Paul Carl Tonner and Calista Reiff Tonner and his last day on
earth was July 21, 2018.
He leaves behind
his wife of 64 years, Florence Jean Tonner; four children, Deborah Tonner,
Joseph Tonner, Diane (Tonner) Raum, Mary (Tonner) Katzen, and five
grandchildren. He also leaves two sisters and four brothers. Three other
siblings preceded him in death. He will be deeply missed.
Art was raised in
Rensselaer, Indiana, then raised his family in Chesterton, Indiana. He was
always glad to meet someone new or chat with an old friend. His love for
travel was often more about embracing new cultures than it was the adventure
of getting away. His children will tell you about Sunday drives. Art and
Jean were snowbirds to Florida until they moved to Gainesville, FL, full
entrepreneurial spirit took him several directions. He co-owned and operated
Chesterton Furniture which later became Yesterday’s Treasures. He owned and
managed several apartments and was a real estate developer. He was a veteran
of the U.S. Army and National Guard of Indiana. Art was president of the
Chamber of Commerce and served on the Porter County drainage board.
A memorial mass
will be celebrated at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 10900 SW 24th Ave,
Gainesville, FL, 32607, on Friday, August 3, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers,
those who wish may make memorials to the American Diabetes Association, P.O.
Box 15829 Arlington, VA 22215.
Please visit his
memorial page at