MENDOTA – Gerald “Jerry” Donahue, 72, of Mendota, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Jerry was born Aug. 9, 1946, in Mendota, to Leslie M. and Alice (Guilfoyle) Donahue. He married Ellen Vickrey on June 15, 1968, at St. Mary Church in West Brooklyn.
He was a 1964 graduate of Mendota High School. He joined the Chicago Pipefitters Local 597 in 1970, and devoted 48 years to the union. He spent many weekends traveling to his daughter’s to help install the plumbing in her home. He spent 5 years as Athletic Director for Holy Cross Grade School in Mendota, and for 4 years he volunteered as a little league baseball coach. He was a member of Mendota Elks Lodge 1212 for 39 years. He enjoyed woodworking and made beautiful bookcases, doll houses, baby beds and other wood crafts with beautiful detail. He was devoted to his wife of 50 years, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen of Mendota; one daughter, Missy (Brad) Watson of Brighton; one son, Jason (Jennifer) Donahue of Mendota; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; one brother, Dr. Joe (Jan) Donahue of Peru; two sisters, Cathy Donahue of Tarpon Spring, Florida, and Pat Donahue of Rockford.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Michael.
He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, neighbor and friend.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Merritt Funeral Home in Mendota. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Susan Presley officiating.
Memorials may be directed to Illinois Valley Public Action to Deliver Shelter.