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Stuart “Stu” John Sonnen, age 79, peacefully passed at home surrounded by family on May 28, 2022.

Stu attended the University of St Thomas, the University of Minnesota, and Dunwoody College of Technology. He was an exceptional teacher at Hennepin Technical College and later a lifelong field service engineer for Ford Motor Company.

Stu was a world traveler and passionate hobbyist resurrecting vintage trains with city skylines and antique cars with artistic precision. He possessed an uncanny ability to fix anything with a faulty motor. In early life, Stu was a talented Enduro rider, Hill Climber, and engaged in the early onset of Motocross. He was an avid bird watcher and an active member of the Ogeechee Audubon Society.  Stu attended the Pope’s Jubilee Year of Mercy in Vatican City and was a devout member of St. James Church. He remained steadfast in his humor: when asked by the nurse where he would like his insulin shot, he responded, “you can put it in your right arm.”

Stu was preceded by his parents, John and Georgiana Sonnen. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 53 years, Regi, and children: Eric and Trish. Proud Popop of Owen and Ethan, big brother to Kiki, Mark (Ellen), Marcy (Tom), and a host of family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Stu’s home state of MN in late summer.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mayo Clinic or performing random acts of kindness to promote a more peaceful world in Stu’s memory.

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  1. Thomas J Davern says:

    Regi and Family,

    Tom and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Stu. He was a dear friend from early childhood. May the good times we all had together bring comfort as we bear the loss of a great husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Love, Tom and Colleen

  2. Stephen Lufburrow says:

    Stu was one of the kindest and generous persons I’ve ever known. He was always so quick to volunteer in our neighborhood for any project. I know how much enjoyment he got from spending time with his grandkids. He would always have a big smile while chasing them as they rode bikes together. The world needs more great husbands, fathers, grandfathers and friends like Stu was. He will be greatly missed! May the Peace of the Lord be upon you this day and forever more.

  3. René Rodriguez says:

    I had the privilege of working alongside Stuart for many years at Ford until he and Regina moved to Savannah. His knowledge base was exceptional. Always showed allot of patience and a willingness to travel to any location to help a dealer with a problem. We made several visits to Savannah to stay with them and they both were always so kind. I wish I could have taken him fishing. He will be missed, but heaven is rejoicing in his homecoming.

  4. Clark Craven says:

    While working at Hinesville Ford for 20 years, I had many opportunities to gather together with Stuart. A great guy, very intelligent and outgoing. He’s in heaven now and I know he’s loved there as well. Rest easy my friend.

  5. Barbara Sonnen says:

    I have very nice memories of my times with cousin, Stu, his parents and siblings.
    We got to know each other as children when my family would drive up to Minnesota in the summer from Tennessee. for a vacation. He was a fun cousin.
    Years later he was working in Georgia and I was living in Kentucky. And then they were in Savannah. I saw him and his family there.

    I will be praying for his family and other friends and relatives.

  6. Cathy Gallus says:

    Dear Regi and family,
    We are so very sorry to hear this sad news. Stu was way too young to pass. Bless you all, and may God keep you in His love and peace while you find healing through this. Love to you and yours always.

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