Sgt 1st Class Louis Frederick Gonyea Sr. 71, of Jacksonville, Arkansas passed away February 19, 2020. He was born on February 12, 1949 in Ticonderoga, New York. He devoted 17 years to the United States Army with the 101st Screaming Eagles Airborne Unit and fought two tours in Vietnam. Louis was a member of VFW Post 11474 of Levy for 25 years were he was also a past commander. One of his greatest joys was devoting his time to helping the Marines with “Toys for Tots” for over 12 years and the annual Veterans Fishing Derby at Fort Roots.
He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters. Louis leaves behind the love of his life, Alice Gonyea; son Louis Gonyea Jr. (Tiffany); daughter Tracey Dyer (John); seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; close niece Jeannette Montgomery and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Toys for Tots in his memory.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 6-8pm at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Funeral services will be Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 10:00am with burial to follow with honors at Arkansas Memorial Gardens in North Little Rock, AR