William Edward Donoho (Bill), 83, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at home in Columbia.
Bill was born on Feb. 16, 1936 near Samsel in Grundy County to Frank and Corda (Whorton) Donoho. He married Clara Chapman on March 2, 1962 in Chillicothe.
He is survived by his wife Clara; daughters Marci Donoho and husband Steve Fleischer, Jeri Donoho, Keri Donoho and husband John Karle, all of Columbia; grandchildren Kelsey Reimler, Kansas City, Morgan Reimler, Scottsdale, Arizona, Cale Childers, Jude Donoho-Lowry, Piper Karle, Tatum Karle, Columbia; step granddaughter Ashley (Karle) Heidbreder, husband Ryan and daughter Sloane of Lohman. Also surviving are his brothers Jerry Donoho, Lancaster, Texas, Jim Donoho and wife Judy, Trinity, Texas; brother-in-law Paul Chapman, Linneus.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Leonard Donoho and son-in-law Paul Lowry.
Bill graduated from Trenton High School and served four years in the U.S. Air Force as a hydraulic system specialist.
He began his 30 year career with the U.S. Postal Service in Chillicothe. He then served as Postmaster in Emma and Linn Creek at the Lake of the Ozarks. After retiring from the postal service, Bill worked in maintenance, appliance installation, and on private building projects. He was a talented mechanic, plumber, electrician and carpenter.
Bill enjoyed traveling, camping, swimming, boating and slalom water skiing. He spent many hours patiently teaching family and friends to ski over the years. He always looked forward to his annual mushroom hunting trip with his brothers as well. He loved these hobbies most because he could share them with his family.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Ozark Coast Kiwanis Club, serving as president one year and was also Kiwanian of the year.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on March 21 in Columbia at the home of his daughter Marci. Burial services will take place at a later date as Bill made the generous decision to donate his body for research in hopes of helping others affected by Parkinson’s Disease.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Bill’s honor to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (michaeljfox.org).