By September 25, 2018Current Services

Albert Allen Donahue, 91, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at 5:32 a.m. at his home while surrounded by his family.

He was born September 6, 1927, in Fayette County, Ohio to Alfred Albert “Bert” and Cecilia Berg Donahue and was a lifelong resident of this community.

Following graduation from Washington High School in 1945, he joined the Navy and served in both World War II and the Korean Conflict.   He was a member of Paul H. Hughey Post #25 of the American Legion.

Albert was a welder and head of maintenance at Armco for 38 years before his retirement in 1991.

He was a member of the South Side Church of Christ and had served as a deacon and trustee for many years.  He was also a member of the Fayette County Commission on Aging, where, along with his beloved wife Leona, founded the Cooper Saints Rhythm Band.  Albert played the guitar and banjo while Leona played the piano.  Along with the other band members, they played at nursing homes, churches, festivals and many other events.  He was also a member of the Cooper Saints Chorus.

On June 19, 1949, he married the former Leona Rose Tillett.  She preceded him in death on December 7, 2011.  He was also preceded by his parents; a daughter-in-law, Penny Donahue; a brother, Donald Donahue; two brothers-in-law, Scott and Joe Tillett; three sisters-in law, Mary Jane Tillett, Frances Donahue and Nell (Tillett) Garinger.

He is survived by three children, Albert Allen Donahue, II of Powell, Ohio, James Edward Donahue and Janelle Rose Donahue Bowshier, both of Washington Court House; eight grandchildren, Dr. Brian Bowshier and his wife, Dr. Laura Bowshier, Matthew Bowshier, Bethany Bowshier, Sarah Donahue, Bridgitte Donahue and her husband, Nick Ketchum , Gavin Donahue, 2nd Lt. Gordon Donahue and Kyler Clemans and his wife, Britney; eight great grandchildren, Daniel, Emmeline and Noah Bowshier, Colin Donahue, Ryleigh Russell, Stephen Russell, Karleigh Joseph and Quinn Ketchum; a brother, Richard Donahue of Phoenix, AZ. two sisters-in-law, Irene Donahue and Bonnie Tillett, as well as many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Cecilia Donahue Fife and her husband, Arden.

The funeral will be Friday, September 28, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in  Washington Court House with Barry Pettit, minister at the South Side Church of Christ and Danny Dodds, minister at the Greenfield Church of Christ, officiating.  Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the South Side Church of Christ, 921 South Fayette Street, Washington Court House, Ohio  43160.

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  • LJ says:

    No loss is simple. We may search for true comfort, but it is hard to find. There is hope, and comfort from God. John 5:28,29: “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out…” Those who have died are in Gods memory, they have the prospect of being brought back to life. Not only will God comfort us now, but he will provide a resolution in the near future that will reunite us with those we have lost. Please accept my sincere condolences at this difficult time.

  • Ferri Wolford says:

    I am so sorry for you lose. I was hoping to get to come to visitation but was not able due to back problems. Know that I am thinking about each and every one of you. Again I am very sorry for your lose, I know it’s not an easy time. Love, Ferri

  • John Nestor says:

    Prayers for the family.