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In Memory of John "Jack" Donohue

John Joseph “Jack” Donohue, age 76, formerly of Sheldon, Iowa passed away February 4, 2022 in Hudson, Wisconsin after a long illness.  

 A funeral service for Jack will be held Monday, March 14 at 10:30 AM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheldon.   A rosary and prayer service is scheduled for 4:30 pm on Sunday, March 13 at the Church with visitation and family present until 7:30 pm.

 Jack was born November 21, 1945 to parents Joseph and Esther (Honkomp) Donohue.  He graduated from Sheldon High School and put himself through college at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, Ventura College in Ventura, CA and graduated with a BBA from the University of Iowa School of Business having studied art, advertising, and marketing.  Jack completed Squadron Officer School with the US Air Force, and was a Captain in the Air National Guard/Tactical Air Command where he was an expert controller of fighter jets before the age of computers.

 Jack married Mary Lou Linch on September 6, 1969 in Sheldon at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, and he enjoyed working in advertising and sales, was a popular community speaker and MC and hosted a morning radio show. After they returned to Sheldon, he worked at the local community college in its early years, and with the Sheldon Mail newspaper in advertising, design, and editorial cartooning. He owned several businesses including “Donohue’s, Ltd.” gift store and gallery and later, “Sign Graphics”. Jack was a talented artist, and enjoyed drawing, picture framing, and design work. He loved baseball and was a gifted player and life-long student of the game. He enjoyed keeping up with politics, anything related to the mountains, impromptu road trips and travels with his family. Jack was an avid reader, and rarely passed a bookstore without going in. He adored Christmas and gift-giving, and hosted wonderful holiday parties for his customers and friends. A lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Parish. His faith was a very important part of his life.

 Jack will be lovingly remembered by his wife Mary; children Beth (Casey) Kingdon of Marcus, Iowa and Joe (Amy) Donohue of Houlton, Wisconsin; grandchildren Rita and Irene; and sister MaryAnn (Jim) Hauth of Kalona, Iowa and numerous relatives and friends. 

 He was preceded in death by his parents, a much-loved stepfather Larry Gloden, and several very good dogs. 

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    • I am so sad to hear of Jack’s passing. I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Mary and their entire family. Jack was always a wonderful , warm and welcoming person person who I had the pleasure of being a friend of since our childhood days back in Sheldon. I always envied Jack’s artistic capabilities. He could draw anything and make it look easy. This talent and his congenial character carried him well in his businesses at the store and in his design undertakings. When we were growing up, I don’t ever remember him getting into any mischief that some of us other friends used to find once in awhile. To my detriment, I have not seen Jack in a number of years as we have lost track of each other. He was an honest and good man. I shall miss him.