Donovan, Fred E. |
Fred E. Donovan, 86, of Phoenix, AZ passed peacefully July 18, 2013. A visitation will take place from 5-7pm Monday, July 22 at A.L. Moore Grimshaw Mortuary, 710 W. Bethany Home Road. Funeral Services to be held at 10am on Wednesday, July 23 at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 6330 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, with Internment following at Resthaven Cemetery, Glendale, AZ.
Fred was born November 2, 1926 in Virginia, IL. He is preceded in death by his father Fred, and his mother Matilda "Tilly" Donovan, 6 of his siblings: Virgil, Russell, Maxine (Boehme), Freda (Roberts), Gretchen (Quinn), Norma (Loeffler), and two nieces. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Cherie, his son Greg (former wife Mary), granddaughters Teresa and Colleen Donovan, his sister Doralene "Dodie" Logan of Marion, IL, and many nieces and nephews.
Fred arrived in Phoenix shortly after graduating from Virginia High School in 1944 to visit his sister Freda and brother-in-law, George Roberts. Due to the manpower shortage, he went to work with George at Barrows Fine Furniture. Quickly he received his draft notice to serve in WWII. He was in the US Navy, Pacific Theater for the short remainder of the war. Like many of his generation, his upbringing was formed by the depression and a world at war. Upon discharge, he returned to Phoenix, and his career with Barrows Fine Furniture which spanned 48 years, serving as Credit Manager for decades.
He retired in 1995. For most of his adult life he enjoyed vacations in San Diego, Mission Beach, and Ocean Beach California. Upon his retirement, he and Cherie enjoyed taking several trips around the country and Europe. Also in his retirement, he enjoyed following the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks. He loved his family and especially his granddaughters, Teresa and Colleen, always wanting to include them in activities and trips. He enjoyed his yard and particularly his flowers. He will be missed, but he is in a far better place. To send condolences visit Dignitymemorial.com
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 21, 2013