John H. "Jack" Donovan Jr., 84, of Rensselaer passed away at his home April 26, 2013.
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Jack was born June 22, 1928, in New Lisbon, Wisc., the son of John H. Donovan Sr. and Edwardine (White) Donovan. In New Lisbon on August 7, 1954, Jack married Joan E. Wiseman who survives.
He was a graduate of St. Igantius High School and DePaul University in Chicago. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II.
Jack was a controller for 24 years at the former Northway Products in Rensselaer. He had also worked with the Koehring Company for 10 years.
He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Rensselaer and Knights of Columbus Bishop Dwenger Council. He was also a member of Rotary International, was a Paul Harris Fellow and enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels for 18 years. Jack loved spending time at Castle Rock Lake in Wisconsin during the summer, along with biking, swimming, sailing, kayaking and camping.
He is survived by his loving family, wife, Joan E. Donovan of Rensselaer; six children, Mark Donovan and Maureen (Ken) Healey, both of Rensselaer, Anne (Mark) Koopman of Wausau, Wisc., John (Amelia) Donovan of Schereville, Ind., Mary (Rick) Burke of Florence, Ky. and Jane (Daryl) Yeoman of Logansport, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Anne Vogt of King of Prussia, Penn., Mary Donovan of Seneca, Ill., and Jane Tjemmes of Beecher, Ill.; and two brothers, Charles "Pete" (Jan) Donovan of Palos Heights, Ill. and William (Cheryl) Donovan of Ottawa, Ill.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and infant twins.
The family will receive friends at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer Monday, April 29, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Funeral mass will be held Monday, April 29, at noon at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Rensselaer with Fr. Tim McFarland officiating.
Graveside services with burial to follow will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, at St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery in New Lisbon.
The family suggests memorials to the St. Augustine Catholic Church or Jasper County Hospital Home Healthcare and Hospice.
See www.jacksonfuneral.com to sign the online guests registry.
Published in the Rensselaer Republican on Apr. 27, 2013