Leonard Donovan

Leonard Donovan

LEONARD J. DONOVAN was the son of John and Loretta Carew Donovan. He was born on August 26, 1916, in Bernard, Iowa. His father, John was 26 and his mother, Loretta, was 22 at the time of his birth.  He had two brothers and six sisters. He died February 7, 1942, in Lansing, Michigan, at the age of 25.


He never married. It is reported that he was engaged a the time of his automobile accident. Tragically, Leonard died on February  7, 1942.

He is buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Lansing, Michigan.

From the February 8, 1942, edition of the Benton Harbor (MI) News-Palladium (transcribed by Erin Gentz)

Six Persons Car Victims

In Toll Of Lives In Michigan For Week-End Lansing Contributes Three

(By Associated Press)

Automobile accidents killed at least six persons in Michigan over the week-end

LANSING — Three men were fatally injured and two others critically injured in highway mishaps here Saturday.

John Campbell, 43, of Eaton Rapids, and Leonard J. Donovan, 25, of Lansing, were killed in a head-on collision of two cars on the Eaton Rapids road.  Richard Lorichon, 24, of Charlotte, and Francis Stemp, 24, of Lansing, suffered critical injuries.

George Duschene, 40, of Baraga, died in St. Lawrence hospital after being struck near Williamston by an automobile driven by Melvin Elliott, 18, of Williamston.

FLINT — Roy W. Epling, 23, Selfridge Field soldier from Taylor, S.C., was fatally injured in an automobile collision Saturday.

YPSILANTI — Policeman Ford M. Baker of Detroit suffered fatal injuries and eight other persons were hurt, three seriously, in an automobile collision here Sunday.

DETROIT — John LaPrairie, 57, of Detroit, was killed Saturday when his automobile skidded into a utility pole

Leonard Donovan
Leonard with a neighbor on the left and his sister Bernadine “Bernie” on right.

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