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William P. "Bill" Donley Sr.

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DONLEY, WILLIAM P. "BILL" SR., 82, died peacefully on Thursday, July 19, at the Episcopal Church Home with his family at his side.

Bill was born January 10, 1930, in Shaker Heights, OH, and moved with his family to Louisville at age 15. He graduated from Male High School and attended Dennison University where he became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He then studied at the University of Kentucky, and ultimately graduated from the University of Louisville after serving his country in the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Bill was a principal partner with Meidinger & Associates, now William Mercer, until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of Rotary Club of Louisville for which he served as secretary and later became a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a member of one of the first Leadership Louisville classes. Ever an avid golfer, he and his family were long-time members of Big Spring Country Club.

Bill was predeceased by his parents, Jackson H. and Dorothy D. Donley.

Bill is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jeannette (Thompson); his daughters, Laura King (Rob) of Louisville and Sarah Donley of Northampton, MA; son, Patrick Donley (Terri Burt) of Louisville; son, Kelvin Hanger (Abby) of Hebron, KY; and daughter, Melanie Vittitow (Dave) of Louisville. He is also survived by his sister, Lynn Jones (Michael) of Greensboro, NC; and their children, Margee and Christopher. Surviving him as well are his step-mother, Dorothea Donley; brother, Leonard Price; brother, Barker Price (Joan, daughters Keaton and Natalie); and sister, Heloise Price (children Stacie and Carter). Left to cherish his memory are grandchildren, Elizabeth, Alex, Emily, Jack, Amanda, Max, Luke, Greg, Olivia, Will, and Sammie. Bill is also survived by adopted family, Melinda and Dr. Mark Brockman (Mark, John, Michael & Jacob), Jeff Bowman (Evan), and Stuart Bowman (Liam).

The visitation with the family will be Sunday, July 22, 2012 from 1-5 p.m. at Pearson's, 149 Breckenridge Lane. The funeral service will be held in St. Luke's Chapel at the Episcopal Church Home, 7504 Westport Road, Monday, July 23, 2012 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation, 138 Leader Avenue, Lexington, KY 40536, 859-323-5374, to help further their research, education and outreach, and clinical programs on healthy brain aging and neurodegenerative disorders. Donations can also be made to the Episcopal Church Home for continuing support of the Chrysalis Room.


Published in The Courier-Journal from July 20 to July 22, 2012
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