Nov. 4, 1915 - Sept. 6, 2007
NEW LONDON Darwin Wonders, 91 of Ashland, died Thursday at his home after several years of declining health. He was born in Ruggles Township Nov. 4, 1915, the son of Roscoe and Zuelah Thompson Wonders. He lived his entire life in the Ashland County area.
He was an avid fisherman, and was fortunate to have spent 21 winters of retirement in the Bradenton, Fla., area as a snowbird. Prior to retirement, he was a farmer. He also painted barns and houses for more than 25 years.
He is survived by his wife, Eva Brill Papay Wonders, whom he married June 5, 1993. He also is survived by the four children he raised, Jan Briley Mushett, of Norwalk, Marsha Briley Gerhart, of Ashland, Ann Wonders, of Norwalk, and Scott (Patricia) Wonders, of Ruggles Township; and one sister, Phyllis Bliss, of North Carolina.
He first married in 1940 to Mable Weaver Wonders, who predeceased him in 1952. He married again in 1953 to Doris Tanner Briley Wonders, who died in 1978. In 1980, he married P. Laureine Fetter Simon Wonders, who predeceased him in 1987. He married for the fourth time to Marion Rumsey Snyder Wonders in 1990. She preceded him in death in 1991.
All four wives succumbed to cancer.
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. until the time of the 11 a.m. funeral service Monday at Eastman Funeral Home, 200 W. Main St. New London. The Rev. John Guliano of The United Methodist Church of Savannah will officiate. Burial will be in the Ruggles Cemetery.