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Obituary of Bernard Joseph Donovan



Bernard "Ben" Joseph Donovan, beloved son of Leo and Helen (O'Conner) Donovan, was born in Norton, Kansas on March 27, 1924, and peacefully passed away at his home in Norton on February 14, 2019, at the age of 94.

Ben grew up in the Norton community and graduated from Norton Community High School. On May 12, 1944, Ben married the love of his life Wava Shaw in Norton. They made their home in Norton where he made his living as a farmer and stockman.

Ben was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Farming and family was his life. He loved spending time with his children, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include: one son, Patrick, and wife, Linda Donovan, Norton; one daughter, Carol, and husband, David Leighton, Wichita, KS; one sister, Mary Jean, and husband, Larry Mueller, Greeley, CO; six grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; his caregiver and friend of 9 years, Bobbie Stewart; several other relatives and friends.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Wava; one son, Capt. Michael L. Donovan; one infant daughter, Martha Donovan; two sisters, Anna Lee Forgy and Patricia McLean; one brother, James Donovan; one great-grandchild, Elliot Conard.

MASS OF THE CHRISTIAN BURIAL – Wednesday, February 20, 2019 – 10:30 AM

PLACE – St. Francis of Assist Catholic Church – Norton, Kansas

VISITATION – Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM

at Enfield Funeral Home in Norton

ROSARY – Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – 7 PM at Enfield Funeral Home

MEMORIALS – In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Norton Senior Center

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