James Patrick “Jim” Donovan
James Patrick “Jim” Donovan, age 74, of Plainville, Illinois, died Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 9:08 a.m. in Blessing Hospital.
Jim served in the United States Navy and Naval Reserve for over 20 years, until his retirement. One of his favorite overseas posts was Rota, Spain. Jim had the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. He was a founding member of the American Veterans for Equal Rights.
Jim owned and operated Donovan Piano and Pipe Organ Service for many years. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, an elected member of the American Institute of Organbuilders, the American Guild of Organists, the American Theatre Organ Society, and the Organ Historical Society.
In addition to his husband, David, James is survived by a sister, Margaret R. Guilfoyle of Cincinnati, OH; nieces and nephews, Marcella A. (Thomas) Neumann, M. Colleen (Steven) Wietmarschen, Mary T. Martin Guilfoyle, Michael (Tami Kincaid) Guilfoyle, and Becky Hoover, all of Cincinnati, OH, and Michaela S. (James) Dacey of Bridgeport, CT; and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Charles Murray Donovan and John Joseph Donovan, two sisters, Sister Mary Austin, S.C.N. and Patricia R. Donovan, and a brother-in-law, Michael M. Guilfoyle.
Services: 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Christ Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Gayle Pope officiating.
Visitation: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Thursday November 17, 2016 at Christ Lutheran Church.
Memorials: Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association or American Guild of Organists.
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.