Dal Donovan

| October 25, 2021

Dal Donovan was born in Dennison, Ohio, on April 2, 1923. His mother, Doris Donovan, was born May 12, 1904 and died Sept. 13, 1926. Dal was raised by his maternal grandparents Eva and Harry Donovan. The family moved to Coshocton, Ohio, in 1933 where Dal graduated in the class of 1941. In WWII Dal served in the Pacific Theater as a lead crew navigator on a B-29 named Piledriver, accruing over 250 combat hours. After his honorable discharge, with the rank of 1st Lieutenant, he attended UCLA in 1946 and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1949 as an English major. On June 30, 1951, marriage vows were exchanged with Lois Morrison (daughter of Hilda and Thomas Morrison). Their children are Lisa Sellan , Zachary Donovan (Lorna), and Ann Slusser.

Dal was active in the community, serving 10 years on the Coshocton City Board of Health; the Montgomery Foundation Board; the United Way; past President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Coshocton Aviation Assn.; Past President and Secretary of the Coshocton County Chapter Ohio Genealogical Society; life member of the Fraternal Order of Elks, VFW, and American Legion. His hobbies included chess, writing, tennis, golf, gin rummy with Lois, and he especially liked hunting morels with his three children, niece, Pat Donovan, and grandchildren, Diane Sellan, Ian Donovan (Courtney), Keegan Alsubaie (Mateb), Emmett Donovan, Matthew Slusser, Kylie Slusser, and Jack Slusser.

Dal was employed by General Electric for three years and 35 years at The Jones Metal Products Company where he retired as president in 1988.

Dal never stopped insisting that there was no friendlier place to live and die than Coshocton. Dal was preceded in death by his wife Lois and daughter Lisa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Calling hours will be held at the Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home on Nov. 6, 2021, from noon to 2 p.m. A short funeral service will follow with Deacon Doug Mould officiating. Burial will follow the funeral service at South Lawn Cemetery.

An online memorial can be viewed at www.given-dawson-paisleyfh.com.

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