Alvin Richard Tonks


Alvin Richard Tonks, 93, of Sharpsville, went home to be with his Heavenly Father Saturday morning, July 20, 2019, in St. Paul's Home, Greenville, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Tonks was born May 8, 1926, in Sharon, a son of the late Alvin Russell and Fern Agnes (Gribble) Tonks. He was a 1944 graduate of Sharon High School.
Following high school, Alvin enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served in the naval aviation wing as a navigator and radio operator.
Following his honorable discharge, he was a sales representative for National Life Insurance Co. and sold Mack Trucks. Later, he worked at Ajax Magnathermic Corp., Warren, OH, where he retired as a foreman and inspector. Alvin was also the president of Ajax Credit Union. After retirement, he worked part time at J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Sharon, as a funeral assistant.
Alvin was a member of South Pymatuning Community Church. He loved children and taught Sunday school at his former church. He loved to travel, especially when his grandchildren accompanied him.
Alvin was a skilled wood worker and made numerous pieces of furniture. He also enjoyed being outside and gardening.
He married the love of his life, Norma B. Lewis, on June 24, 1950. She went home to her Lord and Savior on May 27, 2014.
Alvin is survived by a daughter, Sandra Ague and her husband Ray, of South Pymatuning Township; a son, Kevin Tonks, of Sharpsville; two grandchildren, Jamie English and her husband Jeremy, and Christopher Ague; three great-grandchildren, Kiera Ague and Brooke and Aidan English; a brother, Terry Flaugher and his wife Mary, of Sharon; a sister-in-law, Peg Tonks, Hilliard, OH; and a brother-in-law, Bill Juranovich, of Sharon.
In addition to his parents and wife, Alvin was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Frantz; and a brother, Harold Tonks.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, at

Alvin Richard, 93, of Greenville.
Calling hours: None.
Memorial service: 6 p.m. Wednesday (7-24-2019) in South Pymatuning Community Church, 3400 Tamarack Drive, Sharpsville, PA 16150, with Rev. David Searle, officiating.
Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.
Arrangements by J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 East State St., Sharon.
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