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KEWANEE – Paul C. Donovan, 72, of Kewanee, died at 12:59 a.m., Saturday, May 5, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 11 at Visitation Church, Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 5:30-8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Illinois CancerCare Foundation, Disabled American Veterans or to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.
He was born June 17, 1945 in Cuba City, WI, the son of Arthur and Luella (Timmerman) Donovan. He married Sheila A. Wright on December 26, 1970 in Dubuque, IA. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, three daughters, Heather (Aaron) Van Ningen of Bismarck, ND, Michelle (Michael) Finney of Hilliard, OH and Stacey (Greg) Kubitz of Cortland, IL, three sisters, Doris Paisley, Eileen Schueller and Mary Shanahan, all of Dubuque, IA, four grandchildren, Malarie Finney and Gregory, Henry and Zachary Kubitz and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Paul attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Kieler, WI and graduated from Wahlert High School in Dubuque, IA and from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for outstanding performance of duty while serving as Records Clerk for the Medical Holding Company in Vietnam. He joined Union Federal Savings and Loan in December of 1980 as Chief Financial Officer and succeeded Robert Hansen in 1992 as President until his retirement in 2010. He was a member of Visitation Church, Saint John Paul II Parish and had been a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce and had served on the Visitation School Foundation as their treasurer up until his death, the Kewanee Schools Foundation, United Way, the Kewanee Day Care Board and had also been a member of the Kewanee Veterans Council Honor Guard. He was awarded the Citizen of the Year in 1997. He has been an avid Green Bay Packer fan all of his life, a Chicago Cubs fan for many years. He enjoyed baseball, tennis, bowling and for the last 10 years of his life he lived to best the game of golf.