Paul Honnold


KANSAS – Jon Paul Honnold, 70, of Kansas, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at his home. He was retired from farming.

A funeral service honoring his life is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at the Kansas Christian Church, with Bret Hammond and Rich Carmichael officiating. Military rites will be performed by the Kansas American Legion, Westfield American Legion and the Illinois Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors Team. Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the church. Harper-Swickard Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Honnold was born Oct. 18, 1949, at Terre Haute, Ind., the son of the late Chester P. and Josephine Boulware Honnold. He married Joyce Ann Nociar at the Freewill Baptist Church in Ina, and she survives.

Also surviving are their sons, Matt (Corrie) Honnold of Oreana and Mike (Katrina) Honnold of Hogansville, Ga.; five grandchildren, Natalie Jo, Emily and Meredith of Oreana and John Michael and James Patrick of Hogansville, Ga.; a niece, Paula Riley; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Isaac Boulware Honnold.

Mr. Honnold graduated from Kansas High School in 1967 and from Eastern Illinois University with a BS in Education in 1972, where he was a member of Epsilon Pi Tau Scholastic Fraternity. He served in the Illinois Army National Guard, 682nd Combat Engineer Battalion for six years.

Mr. Honnold and his wife farmed Honnold’s Twin Creek Farm from 1976 – 2005. They were the fifth generation on the family farm established in Kansas Township in 1857, by his great-great-grandfather James, originally from Ohio. He had seed dealerships with Asgrow, DeKalb and later Midwest Genetics. In the 1990s, the couple adopted two miles of state Route 49 along the farm and Harmony Cemetery for cleanup several times during the summer.

After farming, they managed the family farms and the trust they established. He was very proud of the family farm, now in its seventh generation of ownership, and along with that newest generation, share a mutual love of the land and family heritage. It was comforting to him to know the farm would continue into the future.

Mr. Honnold was a fifth-generation member of the former Harmony United Methodist Church, where he served as organist, pianist and Sunday School teacher. He has also served as treasurer of the Harmony Cemetery Association. After Harmony United Methodist Church closed, Mr. and Mrs. Honnold became members of the Kansas Christian Church, where he served as a former elder, missions chair, Sunday School teacher and Sunday School superintendent.

He was a member of the Edgar County Farm Bureau, where he served as a former director, vice-president and president. He also served on numerous county, district and state committees. He participated in three Leaders to Washington lobby trips.

Mr. Honnold was very active in his community and invested his time and efforts to improve by serving in numerous capacities. He was an Ag Leader of Tomorrow graduate, a Life Member of the Future Farmers of America and a Life Member of the Kansas American Legion. He was designated as an Outstanding Young Man of America, was a recipient of the Farm Bureau Loyalty Award, a past member of the Lake Land College Advisory Board, a past member of the Pleasant Meadows Retirement Home Advisory Board, had served as Kansas Village President, a Kansas Township Library Trustee and was a multiple-gallon blood donor.

He and his wife loved to travel and visited all 50 states in addition to 23 foreign countries.

Memorial donations may be made to Kansas Christian Church Trustees, SBLHC Cancer Center or Lincolnland Hospice.