Donald Bruce Monnell

November 7, 1937 - January 17, 2020
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Donald Bruce Monnell, born November 7, 1937 in Syracuse, NY, to Fred and Ruth Renshaw Monnell, passed away Friday, January 17, 2020, at home surrounded by family and friends in Galveston, TX.  Donald entered the US Air Force on January 31, 1955, and was stationed at numerous bases throughout the US, Germany, Japan, and Vietnam during his 20-year career.  He retired February 1, 1975, as a Master Sergeant.  After his retirement, Donald worked for Northrop at Ellington Air Force Base maintaining the astronauts’ F106 and F16 aircraft.  He retired from Northrop in 1989.

During his service in the Air Force, Donald was the recipient of numerous awards and certificates of merit and appreciation.  He even received the flag flown on the Space Shuttle Columbia November 12-14, 1981, signed by astronauts Joe Engle and Richard Truly.

Donald met Mary Agnes Trbula while stationed at Bryan Air Force Base TX at a Houston Auto Show.  The two married November 8, 1958, at Sacred Heart Church in a service celebrated by Rev. William L. Tinney.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles Monnell; and sister, Barbara Parker.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Monnell; daughter, Joan Marie Monnell Morrison; son, Daniel Anthony Monnell; grandchildren: Johnathan Donald Monnell Morrison, Megan Rene Morrison Campbell, Paul Allen Morrison, Jacob Ryan Morrison, Kaylyn Monnell, Danielle Marie Monnell, and Daniel Anthony Monnell, Jr.; great grandchildren, Danielle Lynn Morrison and Knox Chandler Morrison; sisters-in-law, Pauline Victoria Stephens and Jane Ethyl Fisher; brother-in-law, Eugene Trbula; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Donald’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Tuesday, January 21, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.  A rosary will begin at 6:00 pm, led by Deacon Sam Dell’Olio.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, January 22, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with burial following at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Donald’s name to Catholic Charities.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Time: 5:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Rosary at 6:00 PM.

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Time: 10:00 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


1302 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


2506 65th Street, Galveston, TX, 77551

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Donation Information

Catholic Charities

Phone: 713-874-6681

2900 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77006
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Born: November 7, 1937
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Jean Tully posted on 1/22/20

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Jean Tully posted on 1/22/20

I would to express my condolences in the death of Mr Monnell. My name is Jean Tully and I worked at the Chaparral Club for many years. I was the one that welcomed Don and his children to the club the day he joined. Needless to say I saw him and the kids all the time. Don was always polite to me and treated me very has been years since I had seen him but I had great memories of him. He always seemed to be a good parent. Please express my Condolences to Joanie and Daniel. Sincerely Jean Tully


Vicki & Raymond Darden posted on 1/20/20

Our deepest condolences to Aunt Mary, Joanie , Daniel,and the family. Uncle Don will be deeply missed. I can remember as he traveled with the Air Force we enjoyed gifts from all over the world, from German Clocks to Japanese pajamas. Thanks for many great memories. May God Bless and comfort y’all during this time. Love always Vickie & Raymond Darden & family


Linda Holm posted on 1/20/20

My deepest sympathies go to Mary and the family on the loss of Don. I have fond memories of trips they shared with me through Texas Travelers. I very much enjoyed sharing those experiences and am grateful for their friendship. Thank you, Don, for your great service to our country. May you rest in God’s hands until we meet again.