It’s with heavy hearts that the Master National Board of Directors shares news on the loss of another MNRC patriarch and dear friend to many. James (Doc) Wonnell (83) passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 5, 2023 surrounded by his wife of 46 years, Sarah, son, Jeffrey, and daughter-in-law, Kathleen.
Doc and his wife Sarah have been participants and devoted service providers to the Master National organization and event for many years. Doc and Sarah could be found in the forefront helping in many various areas during our annual event as well as behind the scene support wherever needed. Sarah was often seen taking photographs from the sidelines.
Doc served as a Master National judge in 2011 and again in 2018. He handled five retrievers to Master National plates. He was always willing to assist whenever there was a need for veterinary services. Doc was very devoted to the dogs and our hunt test sport. Most importantly Doc was a friend to anyone who crossed paths with especially if those folks wanted to talk about dogs. We send our sincere thoughts, prayers and well wishes to Sarah and family.
Keith Maready and the MNRC Board of Directors
James was born on April 11, 1939 to James and Catherine Wonnell in Zionsville, Indiana. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1958-1961 as a Corporal and expert marksman before entering veterinary school at Purdue University.
James was a veterinarian for over 50 years and was owner of the still-established Animal Medical Hospital in Stuart, Florida. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and two grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at Forest Hills Memorial Park in Palm City on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, Dogs & Cats Forever, or Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation.