Virgil-Tondee, Jr.-Obituary

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Virgil Leon Tondee, Jr.

Sebring, Florida

Nov 26, 1937 – Feb 11, 2020 (Age 82)


November 26, 1937
February 11, 2020
Sebring, Florida


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Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home - Sebring Obituary

Virgil Leon Tondee, Jr., age 82, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.  He was born on November 26, 1937 in Preston, Georgia to the late Virgil L. and Pauline E. (Crook) Tondee, Sr.  Virgil graduated from Avon Park High School.  He served in the United States Air Force for four years.  He worked for IH Ford Motor Co. for many years before venturing out on his own with Tondee’s Auto Service and Phillips 66 gas station.  He then moved on to be the auto paint and body vocational instructor at Avon Park Correctional Institute.  After leaving that job, he started Tondee’s Paint and Body Shop which he did for several years before retiring.  Virgil attended the First Baptist Church of Avon Park.  He is survived by his Wife of 59 years Gloria Tondee of Avon Park, FL; Son – Dennis Tondee of Avon Park, FL; Daughter – Dena Turnbull (Robert) of Roswell, GA; Grandchildren – Davis Turnbull, Ashlyn Turnbull (Jason Barrett), and Addison Turnbull of Roswell, GA; Sister – Pat Woodyard (Owen) of Sarasota, FL; Brother-in-law – James L. Davis.  He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended families and friends.  Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his Brother-in-law – Rene Davis.  Memorial Services will be held Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11:00am at First Baptist Church Avon Park with family receiving friends beginning at 10:00am.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or First Baptist Church Avon Park.


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Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home

111 East Circle Street

Avon Park, FL  33825

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So sorry for your loss. Prayers for for your family.

My simplicity comes to you Gloria and your family.
I remember seeing Virgil going and coming back from fishing for years and he always waved when we passed. Im sure he will share those stories in Heaven
God Bless

Gloria , Dennis and Dena,
So saddened to learn of the passing of Virgil. We have so many fond memories of the times you would come to Eloise and Marvins. Virgils creativity was amazing. So thankful he was able to get Marvin started with his carvings.
Our thought and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time.
Love and hugs,
Ricky and Dolores

I am so grateful for Mr. Tondee to encourage me as a young artist to pursue my dreams. He will be missed but never forgotten.

To the Tondee family, my deepest condolences..a very good man has left us. All ways sorry for your lisd

My deepest sympathy to Gloria and family. Virgil was a special man. Love, Diane Crunkelton.

I used to work for Virgil at his Phillips 66 station in the 70s. I will always remember him as a very kind man and a great person to be around. He will be missed, Sending prayers to Virgils family

Gloria and family, I have so many fond memories of times spent with Virgil and his sister, Pat in the Methodist Church MYF. I always enjoyed Virgil's laid back manner and teasing humor. I know he will be so very missed.