John Tonkinson

Posted Online: Dec. 27, 2012, 5:41 pm
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John S. Tonkinson, 67, of Rock Island, formerly of Geneseo and Princeton, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at Rock Island Nursing and Rehab Center.
There are no services. Cremation rites were accorded and private inurnment is at Oakland Cemetery, Princeton. Geneseo Chapel of Vandemore Funeral Homes & Cremation Services is handling the arrangements.
John was born March 10, 1945, in Princeton, the son of Ralph and Alta Smith Tonkinson. He attended Abilities Plus, Kewanee, where he enjoyed working and going daily.
There are no survivors. John was preceded in death by his parents.
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