Richard Mike Wonner

SALEM – Richard Mike Wonner, 92, of Salem, died at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at the Essex of Salem I.

He was born Jan. 15, 1921, in Salem, a son of the late John and Mary (Schmidt) Wonner.

Before his retirement in 1982, he had been an accountant at Salem Valve for seven years and had formerly worked at Salem Welding, Purex and Electric Furnace. He was a member of the St. Paul Catholic Church, Salem V.F.W. Post 45, Fraternal Order of Eagles #316, Italian American Club and A.A.R.P.

Mr. Wonner was a WWII Navy veteran, who served in the Pacific Theatre and was the recipient of six Bronze Stars and two Presidential Citations.

His wife, Janet L. (Nonno) Wonner, whom he married Oct. 15, 1945, preceded him in death May 13, 2013. His parents, brother, Bill Wonner and two sisters, Francis Mollenkaff and Hilda Lipjanec, also preceded him in death.

Survivors include three sons, Richard Larry (Marie) Wonner of Lisbon, David (Patt) Wonner of Salem and Jeffrey (Kim) Wonner of Salem; a brother, John Wonner of Orlando, Fla.; six grandchildren, Tracey, Nikki, Rhonda, Barb, Cory and Valerie; and five great-grandchildren.

Private family graveside services will be held at Grandview Cemetery with military services provided by the Salem Honor Guard.

Arrangements were handled by the Stark Memorial Funeral Home. His obituary may be viewed and condolences sent online at


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