Nov. 1, 1938-Dec. 18, 2013
ELKHART — Robert O. “Bob” Donovan, 75, passed quietly at home on Wednesday evening after an extended illness.
Bob was born Nov. 1, 1938, in Goshen, to Robert and Helen (Bontrager) Donovan. In addition to his parents, his stepfather Richard “Dick” Bennett and a granddaughter, Colleen Donovan, preceded him in death.
He married Judy A. Mullins on Jan. 28, 1995, in Dunlap. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, Mark (Cheryl) Donovan of Elkhart, Kathy Genovese of Bristol and Gregory (Kathy) Donovan of Elkhart; stepchildren, JoAnne (Derrick) Gard and Diane Mullins, both of Elkhart; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. Also surviving are brothers Jerry (Kay) Donovan of Goshen, Ron (Charlene) Donovan of Alabama, and Mike Donovan of Warsaw.
Bob was a tool and die maker at Elkhart Brass for more than 27 years, retiring in 2000. He was a member of Elkhart Grace Brethren Church. He was an artist, enjoyed woodworking and painting.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. Elkhart.
Funeral services celebrating Bob’s life will begin at 11 a.m. with one hour of calling prior to the service Monday at Grace Brethren Church, 24775 C.R. 20, Elkhart. The Rev. Bob Kulp will officiate.
Burial will follow at Violett Cemetery in Goshen.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorials to Southern Care Hospice or to the church.
Online condolences may reach the family at www.billingsfuneralhome.com.