LEONARD J. DONOVAN is 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.
Leonard never married. Tragically, he died in Lansing, Michigan, on February 7, 1942.
It is reported that he was engaged at the time of his automobile accident.
He is buried at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lansing, Michigan.
From the February 8, 1942, edition of the Benton Harbor 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.