ALBERTON — Lonnie was born June 8, 1938, in Cheney, Washington, to Benjamin and Jessie Sunderland. He grew up in the Cheney and Spokane area. In Sept. 1956 he joined the Navy. He had the distinction of being the youngest Navy Seabee. Lonnie eventually found his way to Montana, where he made his home for over 40 years.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years Merry; his children Jay (Karin) Sunderland, Sundi (Jim) Lawe, Jeff (Sue) Sunderland, Terry (Tina) Sunderland, John (Pam) Sunderland, and Gary (Kim) Sunderland, along with 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He is proceeded in death by his parents, his daughter Tamera, and his grandson Aaron.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 19 at 4 p.m. at Lonnie and Merry’s home at 90 Mountain Drive, Alberton. Everyone is invited to attend.