Harry A. Donovan Jr.
August 21, 1921 – February 2, 2020
Harry A. Donovan, Jr. 98, of Indianapolis, departed at his home on Sunday, February 2, 2020. He was born August 21, 1921 in Patsburg, Alabama to the late Harry A. and Jenny (Downey) Donovan. Harry proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II in the European Theatre. Harry flew the B-17 Flying Fortress for the 397th Bombardment Group flying bombing missions.
Harry was a graduate of Auburn University, earning a certificate as a Residential Real Estate Broker. Upon moving to Indiana, he began work for FC Tucker in 1959.
Harry was a longtime and dedicated member of Broadway United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors and Sigma Chi Fraternity. Harry was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marie (Weeks) Donovan and his devoted children, Harry A. “Hobby” Donovan, III and Patricia Marie Moran.
He is survived by his grateful grandchildren, Cara Donovan, Harry “Hobs” (Lauren) Donovan and Danielle and Melissa Moran; his dear daughter-in-law, Cheryle Donovan and dear son-in-law, William Moran.
Visitation for Harry will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. until time of services at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22nd at Broadway United Methodist Church. Inurnment will be at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions in Harry’s name are suggested to: Broadway United Methodist Church.
Broadway United Methodist Church
609 E. 29th St., Indianapolis, Indiana
- Visitation Saturday, February 22, 2020
- Funeral Service Saturday, February 22, 2020
- Inurnment Saturday, February 22, 2020
Harry A. Donovan Jr.
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February 20, 2020
I met Harry over 20 years ago when he came to Akron to visit his daughter Patty and her family. He was very friendly, a good story teller and a kind soul. I will remember him always.
February 19, 2020
I’ve known the Donovan family for over 40 years and was truly blessed to call “Mr D” a true friend. We would talk for hours about fighter planes and bombers, Auburn and IU, and of course his children, whom I went to school with. We would laugh watching Benny Hill reruns, compare fraternities, and debate the merits of having the kitchen steward as a roommate. Here on this forum, I will admit (I’m sure Mr D already knew) that it was I who “secured” the 5lb block of missing cheese😂.
I should also thank his wife Marie for being so gracious and providing so many snacks, meals and drinks to a hungry school kid after hours. My best friend Bart would also thank her for redoing a sloppy stitch job on his leg from St Vincent.
I also was in love with his daughter. Although we barely knew each other at North Central, we became involved at IU. She was an Alpha Chi like my mom at Michigan(who passed last May) and she helped make my college time memorable/ special.
After graduating Navy flight/fighter school, Mr D sent me congratulations via telegram. The only telegram I have ever received. I treasure it to this day.
Thank you again, Mr D, for being a wonderful man to emulate and all your kind deeds. I’ll always treasure your B-17 stories from a retired fighter pilots perspective. Especially the part, post war, when the maintenance men would ride home on them...priceless.
To Bill and Sheryl (surviving) in laws, thank you both for letting me have some time with Mr D. I truly loved that man and his family. He also knew the love I married from his time at FC Tucker, where she worked part time as a student/receptionist.
To the Donovan/Moran family. We lost a GREAT one!
LCDR Steve “Bone” Walker
February 7, 2020
Our hearts are heavy learning of his passing. We will miss him dearly. Gonna miss him at ball games and they way he always made you feel that he was glad to see you. Want a piece of candy? I'm blinking back some tears thinking about him. Bless you old War Eagle.