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Jim Donahoe has tragically died.

posted Nov 18, 2011, 3:51 PM by Brian Donahoe   [ updated Nov 27, 2011, 8:10 PM ]
James P. Donahoe (youngest son of
Jay Donahoe), age 48, of Hanover, Illinois, died Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at the Midwest Medical Center in Galena, Illinois, as a result of a car accident.  He was on his way back from visiting his father Jay's gravesite, as this was the very anniversary (4th) of Jay's death, also November 16th. Cremation rites will be accorded.  A memorial visitation will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, November 21, 2011, at the Law – Jones Funeral Home in Hanover.  A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hanover.  Family will greet friends for one hour prior to mass at the church.  Inurnment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hanover.  Memorials may be directed to the Franciscan Missionary Union, Attn: Father Mario, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 110 West Madison, Chicago, Illinois, 60602.  

James was born June 23, 1963, in Savanna, Illinois, the son of John Thomas and Mary Catherine (Sheehan) Donahoe.  He graduated from Hanover High School with the Class of 1981, and went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  James worked as a commodities broker at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, for many years.

James loved the outdoors and was an avid deer hunter and golfer.  He also enjoyed being on the Mississippi River and water skiing.  James grew up on the family farm near Hanover and enjoyed farming as a young man.  He was very involved in the Catholic Church and many Catholic Charities.

James is survived and lovingly remembered by his mother, Mary Donahoe of Honolulu, Hawaii; two sisters, four brothers, eight nieces and nephews, and his cat Buddy.

James was preceded in death by his father, John Donahoe.





Obituary from the Chicago Tribune...

James Patrick Donahoe 

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James Patrick "Jim" Donahoe, age 48, of Hanover, IL, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at the Midwest Medical Center in Galena, IL, as a result of a car accident. Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at the Law - Jones Funeral Home in Hanover. A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hanover. Family will greet friends for one hour prior to mass at the church. Inurnment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hanover. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Franciscan Missionary Union, Attn: Father Mario, St. Peter's Catholic Church, 110 W. Madison, Chicago, IL, 60602. Online condolences and tributes may be given to the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Jim was a life long member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the Hanover Community. He was a proud graduate of Hanover High School and Iowa State University. At an early age, Jim won competitions at the Jo Daviess County Fair for his Suffolk sheep, rams, and ewes breeding projects. After leaving Iowa State, Jim moved into Chicago to trade commodity futures at the Chicago Board of Trade. Before retiring, he was one of the largest U.S. Treasury Bond Brokers and Chairman of the U.S. Treasury Bond Pit Committee. In 2003, he also was part of the Union League Club, Ray Berg Doubles Handball Championship team. Jim became active in the Hanover area with several wildlife conservation projects and was active in several area charities. Jim loved golf and hunting and was the Ridgemoor Country Club 2010 member guest championship winner. Jim was a faithful friend, loving son, brother and uncle. He is survived by his mother Mary, four brothers, two sisters, and many fond nephews, nieces, cousins, a large extended family of friends, and Buddy his cat. He was also involved with the Franciscan Order, helping to fund several projects including a church in Ecuador. It is generally believed Jim is somewhere playing gin rummy with his father Jay and arguing over football bets.





Published in Chicago Tribune on November 20, 2011

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