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Raymond B. Donovan

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Raymond B. Donovan May 13, 1927 - June 23, 2014 SOUTH BEND - Raymond B. Donovan died on June 23rd, 2014. He was born May 13, 1927, to Joseph & Elida Donovan in Chicago, IL. He is survived by his loving wife, Leona M. Donovan; five children, Tom Donovan, Judy (Keith) Byars, Michael (Terese) Blankenbaker, Steven (Carole) Blankenbaker and Michelle (Joseph) Vittorie; seven grandchildren, Sarah (Jon) Blankenbaker, Michael (Ashley) Blankenbaker, Katie (Josh) Waldron, Raymond & Richard Donovan, and Allison & Hank Gleiss; eight great-grandchildren, Lily Blankenbaker, Caleb Donovan, Bethany & Cole Blankenbaker, Blake, Beckett and Ian Waldron, and Logan Donovan; along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald and Robert Donovan; sister, Bernice Tujo; great-grandson, Matthew Byars; and great-granddaughter, Micheala Blankenbaker. Ray served with the Army in Naples, Italy, during World War II, and relocated from Chicago to South Bend in 1963. Ray was an international salesman for Balcrank, a division of Wheelabrator-Frye, for 30 years. He loved being Irish, golfing, the Cubs, the Bears and Notre Dame! Ray was a friend to all and loved by many. He will be greatly missed. Memorial services and military honors will be held at 6:00 pm Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in the Palmer Funeral Home - Hickey Chapel, 17131 Cleveland Road, South Bend. Interment will take place at a later date at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 - 6:00 pm Wednesday in the funeral home prior to services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be donated to Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, South Bend, IN 46637. Online condolences may be left for the Donovan family at

Published in South Bend Tribune on June 24, 2014
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Palmer Funeral Homes - Hickey Chapel
17131 Cleveland Rd. South Bend, IN 46635
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