Lonnie Cruel Jr. was born on January 31st,1950 in Shreveport, LA to the late Lonnie Sr. and Minnie Lee Cruel (Rugley). When Lonnie was three his mother moved the family to San Francisco, after his father became ill and passed away. Several years later the family moved to Los Angeles. Lonnie loved history, music, home improvement, and a good Sunday School lesson. He attended Trinity Elementary, Carver Middle School, and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1968. Music was Lonnie’s passion. He started playing the bass in middle school. His first band the “Soul Shakers” included his best friend Donald Ford. He was a part of several bands in high school and afterwards including “The Gang.” He played in numerous local night clubs, most notably “Mavericks Flat”. He and his group once opened for the iconic, “Ike & Tina”. He met his “soul mate”, Aleta Harrison in the summer of 1977. They were married less than a year later, on June 17, 1978. To this union three children were born, two sons: Lonnie Cruel (Tameka) and Leslie James Cruel, and one daughter Aleta Auria Cruel. He took his love and skill of fixing things and entered the electrical trade. He attained his contractor’s license in 1980. He worked for numerous contracting firms and started his own electrical company, LiveWire Electric, before joining the Electricians Union in the last years of his work career. Lonnie was a devoted and hardworking husband, father, and grandfather. He was a family man who enjoyed cooking and will be remembered as the “King of Peach Cobbler.” His memory and his spirit will live on in those that love him. He departed this life and went to be with the Lord on April 18, 2020. He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 42 years, Aleta Cruel. He also leaves his two sons Lonnie Cruel (Tameka-daughter-in-law) and Leslie Cruel; and his daughter, Aleta Auria Cruel. He also leaves his grandchildren: Seth Carr and Alyssa Moore, one sister, Glenda (Peaches) Davies, two brothers Eddie Brown (Connie) and Rickey Brown, one uncle, Robert “Zick” Rugley. He also leaves three true and loyal friends: Donald Ford (Patricia), Mark Johnson (Joann), and Christopher Comfort (Merrian). He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. We find great comfort in knowing that “His soul is now present with the Lord and as Believers, we WILL see him again.”

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  1. Dearest Cruel Family,

    Mark, Sienna, Justin and I send our deepest sympathies.

    Thank you so much for letting us share some memorable times.

    With much love,

    The Johnson’s

  2. My heart and prayers are with you always..I have so many pictures from from so long ago…when I look at them…I smile and remember…I love you guy’s and I’m so very sorry…

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