Roland J. Tonnell
June 8, 1931 - April 9, 2011
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Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map

Roland Tonnell, age 79, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, April 9, 2011 at Appleton Medical Center. Rollie was born in Appleton on June 8, 1931, son of the late Herbert and Rachel (Rauland) Tonnell. He was a graduate of Appleton High School in 1949, and also attended DeForest Institute in Rockford, Illinois (now DeVry…

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K. Shifler left a message on May 16, 2011:
Dear Mandi and Mara, I am so sorry to hear of the unexpected passing of your father. It sure looks like he was a man who just loved life! You are in my thoughts and prayers. I think of you often.
Ernie Matlock left a message on April 21, 2011:
Rollie was a very close and dear friend of mine for sixty years as we served together in the Navy during the Korean War. He, Joe Baker, Tony Sullivan and I served as Electronic Technicians on board the USS Virgo AKA 20 which operated as ammunition supply ship supporting Task Force 77 from Sasebo, Japan to W√Ö¬ùnsan, Korea. During the time we remained together, Rollie transposed the four of us into a Barber Shop Quartet that we christened 'The Four Naval Chords'. And, although we might not have been the best, we had lots of fun... Rollie's passing saddened me greatly and now I am the last remaining member of that wonderful Barbershop Quartet...
Alex Kuen left a message on April 15, 2011:
Judy and Family, My deepest condolences to all of you during this difficult time. Rollie truly left a wonderful legacy in so many different ways. Of course, we'll always remember and miss his sensational bass voice, but most of all, his friendship. We miss you, Mr. Bassman. Rest your ore, shipmate, we have the watch.
Jack and Kay Falcus left a message on April 14, 2011:
Judy and family...we were so sad to hear about Rollie, but forever blessed to have know him as a neighbor and friend. We certainly cherish all of the wonderful times we have spent with the Tonnell family. We wish that we could be there for you, Judy. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We will talk to you soon. In the meantime we are sending some hugs and love...Jack and Kay
Kris Kubec left a message on April 13, 2011:
Rollie, you will be greatly missed and your passing will leave a void in all those you have touched. Love you!
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Amy left a message on April 13, 2011:
I MiSS YOU, ROLLS!! Why oh why did you have to leave us so early!! We will take care of Mom, so do not worry. I am sure you are up in heaven, in your Special Place, singing and cracking jokes with Bob Haase...Give all my grandparents a BIG HUG for me. I love you sooo much! You were the Greatest Step-Dad I could EVER ask for!! XOXOXO
Phil & Jill Pannier left a message on April 13, 2011:
We have known Rollie for just a few years and will deeply miss him. We will remember how warm and caring he was, as well as his genuine character. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Judy, and your family. We are blessed to have known him. Phil & Jill Pannier
Gail Heyrman left a message on April 13, 2011:
Judy, a hug and a prayer for your peace and understanding. Your husband will be held tenderly in your heart forever.
Teresa Tuschl left a message on April 13, 2011:
My deepest sympathies to Rollie's family & friends. He will be missed by so many. I had the pleasure of working with Rollie through the Rotary GSE committee (India group last year, and this year's Japan group). He was a kind, intelligent and committed man and he has left a great legacy with his community involvements and family. My thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Katie Kinzenbaw left a message on April 13, 2011:
I am glad to have spent a little time with Rollie discussing movies and travel after the last PEO meeting. I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
paul diem left a message on April 13, 2011:
hello tonnell sorry for your loss of rollie he was a very awesome guy he will be missed very much,i got to the same church he went to and he had a great attitude on life and things around it
Terryl Wolfrath left a message on April 12, 2011:
Judy and family, From our family to yours, our sincere sympathy during these difficult days. We have all lost a dear friend, a great singer, and most of all, a really good guy. We will always miss Rollie. Terryl and Linda Wolfrath Beka, Leah, and Kailah
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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