In Loving

Walter Francis Donovan

November 14, 1934 – January 27, 2024

Walter Francis Donovan, Jr., 89, of Mechanicsville, Va., passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at home.

Walter was born in Richmond, Va., the firstborn of the late Walter F. Donovan and Margaret O’Neil Donovan on November 14, 1934. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Wheeler Donovan; brothers, William David Donovan and Richard Dennis Donovan; sister, Patricia Donovan Burke.

Walter is survived by his wife of 66 years, Charlotte Wheeler Donovan; daughter, Kathleen Donovan Hardee; grandchildren, Patrick Wheeler Donovan; Megan O’Neil Donovan; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Margaret O’Neil Donovan; and Dr. Mary Ellen Donovan Huennekens, brother-in-law, The Honorable R. Kevin Huennekens, and many nieces and nephews.

Walter retired from the Va. Dept. of Transportation after 36 years. He was an alumnus of Benedictine High School Class of 1952 and Virginia Military Institute Class of 1956. He served in the U.S. Army and five years with the Virginia National Guard.

A Catholic Wake Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 12, at the Church of the Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Road, Mechanicsville, Va. 23116. Interment is private for the family at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the VMI Foundation, P.O. Box 932, Lexington, Va., 24450.