The Thunker, November 9, 2018

It’s been a difficult time. Yet through it all my family has spent many meaningful moments together, which is how my dad would have wanted it (so that he wouldn’t have had to say, “What is all this tripe? ”) He is now hitting a hole-in-one with every swing, listening endlessly to the Vocal Majority ring barbershop harmonies (or Eddie Fisher crooning his greatest hits, and mixing it up with a Sousa march or two), singing falsetto with endless breath support, playing his ukulele like Cliff Edwards, drinking gin on ice, and admiring his flawless green, weed-free lawn. He is baking the perfect loaf of bread, then toasting a slice and slathering it with a thick pat of golden butter. After enjoying three of those pieces of toast, he is wiping his mouth with his napkin, then lifting his arm to wipe his armpit. There is a reason he was called “funny Dinny Donohoe. ”

Well did, Dad.

On Thursday, November 1, 2018, Denis Francis Donohoe passed away at home surrounded by his family.

Denis was born in Pocahontas, Iowa on April 3, 1929 to Edward and Alice (McGuire) Donohoe. He graduated from Pocahontas High School in 1947, served in the Army in 1951-53, and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1956. He married JoAnn Ward on September 1, 1956 in Des Moines, IA. The couple resided in Des Moines, where he began a career in direct mail, first at Meredith Corporation, then with Fingerhut in Minneapolis, MN; Mail Advertising Corporation in Chicago, IL, and retired from MetroMail Corporation in Lincoln in 1988.

Denis was an avid golfer and made two holes-in-one in his lifetime. He loved singing and listening to music, especially barbershop music, and he and Jo served as volunteers at the Lied Center for Performing Arts for many years.

Denis is survived by Jo, his wife of 62 years, children Ned Donohoe (Tammy), Patrick Donohoe (Odalys), Sarah Donohoe, Alice Smolarski (Bob), Janet Donohoe (Philip Wainwright) ; grandchildren Janet, Jeffrey, Tim, Greg, Ellen, William and Thomas; great-granddaughter Atrayana and great-great-granddaughter Liliana.

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© 2018 Sarah Donohoe

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