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“To the Donovan Family, Please know my father Charlie Momper sends you along with me our condolences. Dad went to high school with Jack. He is in...Read More »
1 of 47 | Posted by: Jacquie Downey - Fort Wayne, IN

“To All the Donovan Family,Steve and I have been Realtors for 30 yrs so we had the distinct pleasure of working with Jack while he owned the surveying...Read More »
2 of 47 | Posted by: Steve and Ann Fredrick - IN

“Jeanette and Family, We send continued prayers. May you find comfort in the many joyful memories with your father who sounds like a true patriarch. ”
3 of 47 | Posted by: Stacie Erck

“I have had many good times with Jack over a 45 year period (golf, business, etc.). He is one of the finest men that I have ever known. ...Read More »
4 of 47 | Posted by: Mike Roach - Fort Wayne, IN

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Mary Helen.Gary remembers officiating Purdue basketball games and looking up to see Jack and...Read More »
5 of 47 | Posted by: Gary and Susan Muncy - FL

“Mary Helen & FamilyPlease know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers as you say goodbye to Jack, beloved husband, father, grandfather and...Read More »
6 of 47 | Posted by: Anne Springer Coffee - Wilmington, NC

“Mary Helen and all the Donovan family we send our prayers on the passing of Jack. We will forever cherish the times spent with the Donovan's be it...Read More »
7 of 47 | Posted by: Dan Lemm - Hot Springs, AR

“Jack has always been a great friend of the Tom and Marg Jehl Family. Lots of great memories. We will certainly all miss him. ”
8 of 47 | Posted by: Steve Jehl - Fort Wayne, IN

“Mrs. Mary Helen Donovan and Family:Pleas accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one, John R. (Jack) Donovan.God's Blessings to the...Read More »
9 of 47 | Posted by: WILLIAM C. AND DONNA J. PHILLIPS - IN

“We were sad to hear of the passing of Jack and grateful for knowing a great role model who left a fantastic legacy in his family. We are with you in...Read More »
10 of 47 | Posted by: John Berghoff - Chicago, IL

“I was sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Donovan. Our family will always have such wonderful memories of Mr. Donovan and the entire Donovan...Read More »
11 of 47 | Posted by: Steve Jones - Indianapolis, IN

“I am sorry to hear about the passing of Mr Donovan. He was a friend of my parents Jim & Pat McFadden & a friend of my cousin Ralph Gemmer. Not to...Read More »
12 of 47 | Posted by: Bev McFadden - Ft Wayne, IN

“Jack gave me a job back in 1974 during the recession. He got me started in land surveying which turned out to be a perfect compliment to being a...Read More »
13 of 47 | Posted by: Peter Wesson - Unicoi, TN

“Sorry to hear this. I met him in Vegas when the family would take their annual trip. Always happy & fun. Rest In Peace. xxoo ”
14 of 47 | Posted by: Laura Bonamo - Lake Mary, FL

“Donovan family. I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember the good times we had at ST Charles and how every parent was our parent. We were Blessed to...Read More »
15 of 47 | Posted by: James Mickelini - Fort Wayne, IN

“So sorry for your loss, Jack was a great friend to my parents, Phil and Sarah. They had so many great memories and fun times. God Bless your family...Read More »
16 of 47 | Posted by: Anne Ehrman Ehinger

“I very much appreciate the breakfasts atyour home, after Purdue football games.Godspeed! ”
17 of 47 | Posted by: Robert (Woody) Nawrot - Orlando, FL

“I always loved getting a call from him. I'd say "Hello" and he'd always say "Billy this is Jack Donovan, All American!" ”
18 of 47 | Posted by: Billy Marshall - Friend

“I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Jack's smile and hand shake. ”
19 of 47 | Posted by: Dave Burns - Fort Wayne, IN

“Very sorry for your loss . ”
20 of 47 | Posted by: Brian O'Herron - Friend

“Very sad loss, what a great guy!! God's peace to all the wonderful family, he was indeed a very gifted man. ”
21 of 47 | Posted by: Vicki Roberts - Fort Wayne, IN

“Jack was loved by everybody and God's Heaven has an amazing, smiling, friendly new entry! To Mary Helen and all the family, we send our hugs, prayers...Read More »
22 of 47 | Posted by: Ray & Toni Ohlman - Boca Raton, FL

“Jack, you helped me so much in my early days of real estate. Many of my closings would not have happened if it weren't for you. And you were a...Read More »
23 of 47 | Posted by: Laurie Mitchener - Fort Wayne, IN

“It has been an honor & privilege to have been a friend of Jack for so many years. God bless Jack & his family. Harold Connell ”
24 of 47 | Posted by: A friend

“Jack was my first boss in 1968 when I was 16 and worked that summer and many summers after that while in school. After moving away in 1973, I...Read More »
25 of 47 | Posted by: Gary Huguenard - Fremont, IN

“Rest in peace Mr. Donovan May God comfort this beautiful, loving family. ”
26 of 47 | Posted by: Maureen Conley - Naples, FL

“From the family of the late John and Mary Ann Brinkworth. Mary Helen and family, we are sending up prayers for comfort and peace at this incredibly...Read More »
27 of 47 | Posted by: Margaret and Gary Brinkworth - IN

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Donovan family in your difficult time. He was an awesome man, and a delight to be around. He brought a...Read More »
28 of 47 | Posted by: Richard and Kathy Renier - FL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time of loss. We pray you find comfort in the memories with the friends...Read More »
29 of 47 | Posted by: Timothy Bussick - Fort Wayne, IN

“Mary Helen and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Jack so enjoyed his family and friends. He loved life and gave that...Read More »
30 of 47 | Posted by: Dick & Judy Gatton - Lakeland, FL

“My condolences to Mary Helen and all the Donovan family. I remember the Donovan household so well as almost a second home when I was a school kid at...Read More »
31 of 47 | Posted by: Don Rushin - Bonita Springs, FL

“Mike and family:I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Father. He was a great man.I will miss seeing him driving in the neighborhood...Read More »
32 of 47 | Posted by: Joyce Wade - Venice, FL - Friend

“Jack will be missed by all who knew him what a great guy ”
33 of 47 | Posted by: Jeff Gilmore - Jupiter, FL

“Heartfelt Condolences to the Donovan family. We will miss Trader Jack at Lakeside :( ”
34 of 47 | Posted by: Jim Catanzaro - Fort Wayne, IN

“Jack was a true professional. He provided a guiding light to us in the construction industry. His PU spirit was contagious. Thanks Jack for all you...Read More »
35 of 47 | Posted by: Phillip Shirmeyer - Adams Lake, IN

“My parents would not forgive me if I did not send condolences, as I know they regarded Jack and Mary as good friends and neighbors. Mike, prayers are...Read More »
36 of 47 | Posted by: Dan VanAnda - Indianapolis, IN

“With heavy hearts Peggy and I along with the rest of our family send our thoughts and prayers to all of the Donovan Clan during this sad time. Just...Read More »
37 of 47 | Posted by: Jeff Campbell - Chillicothe, OH

“Jeannette and family,Sending prayers for your comfort and healing. May the love you shared and the memories you treasure bring smiles in place of...Read More »
38 of 47 | Posted by: Jeanne Nes - Fort Wayne - Friend

“Thoughts and prayers from the late Ed Doyle family. ”
39 of 47 | Posted by: Whitney (Doyle) Driver - IN

“Thoughts and prayers for your family. ”
40 of 47 | Posted by: Greg Stillwell - Ft. Wayne, IN

“One of the finest men you could ever meet, his family & friends always came first. Jack had great charactor, passionate, witty, generous, honest as...Read More »
41 of 47 | Posted by: Steven Richards - ft, wayne, IN

“RIP Jack............You will be remembered as the cornerstone of surveyors in Allen County, In. You were able to answer my many questions in the...Read More »
42 of 47 | Posted by: Marge Smithson - Fort Wayne, IN

“Rick, and Donovan family - I am so sorry for your loss. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. John Shoup ”
43 of 47 | Posted by: John Shoup - Indianapolis, IN

“I will always have many lasting memories with Jack either doing business, at Purdue events/games, betting on the ponies, at Friars, golfing, at Nick...Read More »
44 of 47 | Posted by: Steve Bercot - Fort Wayne, IN

“He was a good man, he will be missed.Dave Davis ”
45 of 47 | Posted by: David Davis - Fort Wayne, IN

“Great Man and Wonderful Family! ”
46 of 47 | Posted by: Michael Ertel - Indianapolis, IN

“I was just thinking about Jack & Mary and all of your family and the great times we had together at the 500 Race and football games! Such a fun...Read More »
47 of 47 | Posted by: Jane Selsemeyer (Schrage) - IN

John R. "Jack" Donovan, 86, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017 in Fort Wayne. He was passionate about family, his faith, friends, golf, and his Purdue Boilermakers. Born in Bedford, IN, Jack was a 1948 graduate of Central Catholic High School, he then completed his Bachelor's degree from Purdue University. He was the proud founder, owner, and operator of Donovan Engineering for 27 years. Jack was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. He was a member of the Purdue Club of Fort Wayne, the Fort Wayne Friars, in 1995 he was a recipient of the Diamond "P" at Purdue for his distinguished support to the John Purdue Club. Jack also proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Mary Helen Donovan of Fort Wayne; his children, Mike Donovan of Fort Wayne; Margaret Donovan of Seattle, WA; Jeanette Donovan of Fort Wayne; Mary Kay Donovan of Fort Wayne; and Rick (Sabrina) Donovan of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Alixandria (Steve) Pelych; Madelyn and Campbell Donovan; great-granddaughter, Gracelyn Pelych; sister, Sue (Don) Mossburg of Fort Wayne; and several nieces and nephews. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, John and Louise Donovan; brother, David Donovan; and sister, Marjorie L. Miller. Mass of Christian Burial is10:30 am, Friday, January 13, 2017 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4916 Trier Road with calling one hour prior. Calling also at D. O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd on Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St Therese Catholic School. To sign the online guest book, go to