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Mick Donahue

November 6, 1937 December 4, 2011
Mick Donahue
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PEORIA-Virgil R. “Mick” Donahue Jr., 74, of Peoria, died at 8:39 PM Sunday, December 4, 2011 at the Methodist Medical Center ER. Born November 6, 1937 in Peoria, a son of Virgil and Catherine Michaels Rodecker Donahue Sr. He married Carol A. Graber on December 14, 1968 in Peoria, she survives. They would have been married 43 years this month. He is also survived by two sons, Scott (Becky) Donahue of Peoria and Tim (Becky) Donahue of San Antonio, TX; four grandchildren, Jacey, Peyton, Braden, and Madison; and a sister, Char Hirner of Oswego, IL. Preceding in death were a brother, Richard Rodecker; and a sister, Dolly Rodecker Arnold. Mick graduated from Manual High School in 1955 and started working at R. G. LeTourneau and retired after 47 years from Komatsu in 2003. He served in the Army from 1960 – 1962 in the 5th Infantry Division known as “The Big Red One”. Mick’s love of sports was legendary. He played baseball at Manual and coached St. Boniface boys basketball for 15 years, umpired and refereed grade and high school basketball. He also coached his son's Little League teams. He was a player and manager for the She Cat Club, Ehretts T.V., and the Pow Wow Club at the Proctor Center. He also played and managed the LeTourneau Westinghouse team in the Industrial League. Mick worked for the Peoria Park District for 30 years assigning umpires for men’s leagues at the Stadium, while also managing the Melton Glass team later to become Kelly Glass. One thing he always desired and achieved was to have his sons play on the team with him. Mick worked for Peoria District #150 assigning referees for volley ball and boys and girls basketball, and umpires for Little League and high school baseball. He was a long suffering loyal fan of his beloved Cubs & Bears. A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, December 9, 2011 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Hgts., where he was a member. Rev. Thomas Taylor will officiate. Visitation will be 4 to 7 PM, Thursday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary and 30 minutes prior to Mass on Friday at church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Poly Cystic Kidney Disease Foundation in recognition of his grand daughter Peyton who has P.K.D., or for the family’s discretion. So long Pappy. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com

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