Duane Donohue

Duane Donohue

Thursday, February 20th, 2020
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Duane Donohue (48) passed away on February 20 after living life to the very fullest following a colon cancer diagnosis 2.5 years ago. He died in the peace and quiet of his home with his wife, son and beloved dogs by his side.

Duane graduated from Coloma High School. He studied art and design at Kendall College and Southwest Michigan College before settling into a lifelong career at Walsworth Printing, Inc. (formerly IPC).

Duane loved to fix up abandoned bikes and give them away to whoever needed them. He loved adventuring; hiking, biking and kayaking; into every corner of his beloved home state of Michigan. He loved tinkering and creating and collecting art. He loved Michigan Football; The Team, The Team, The Team.

Always the first to help a friend, Duane believed in living life with the simple mantras, “People Matter” and “Be Kind”. He over tipped, paid it forward and encouraged immediate forgiveness. He was grateful for a loving community who generously stood by his side before and especially during his life with cancer. Duane was always grateful for the life he had, for the opportunities he was given, and never once asked, “Why me”. He simply wishes to be remembered as a good person.

Regardless of the obstacles we face, Duane would want us to remember to care for one another; because together We Got This.

Duane is survived by his one and only wife of 2.75 years Julia Gourley Donohue, their son Isaac Greene, his boisterous FamDamily including brothers Randy Donohue & Scott Donohue, the Gourley family who claimed him as their own, his many lifelong friends, his work Family and the elusive Spusta Heros. He is preceded in death by his loving mother, Nancy Brower.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Berrien Community Foundation ( in memory of Duane, for youth arts programs & rescue dogs, supporting Isaac’s secondary education through a Memorial College Fund established at 1st Source Bank or flowers delivered to Julia and Isaac periodically.

Memorial celebration begins at 11am Saturday February 29, 2020 at Sister Lakes Brewing Company with a service beginning at 12pm. Friends will also gather at SLBC on Thursday April 30, 2020 from 5-7pm in honor of Duane’s birthday.
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Deb Megna

Posted at 07:01pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Donohue family.
Rick & Deb Megna

Debbie Kasewurm Schroeder

Posted at 01:49pm
I only met Duane a few times, but know what a special man he was by the way he made your face light up and made your heart whole Julia. I am so sorry for your loss, and know that you and Isaac will treasure the many memories you made in the short time that you had together.

Jay Adams

Posted at 11:46am
I met Duane of all places in Fulda, Germany through mutual friends. The group went to the Kreutzburgh monastery for sight seeing and beer drinking. Duane and I hit it off right away and we hiked up the to the top of the mountain to a shrine while the rest of the group stayed behind. That was a special memory for me making it to the shrine and meeting a new friend. May Duane's family find peace in this difficult time.

Posted at 10:28pm
I once sent Duane on a wild goose chase, unintentionally. I asked him to go to Premiere Promotions and at the time they were across from Admiral gas station on Red Arrow. I told him it was the place with the purple frog on the sign. He drives up and down Red Arrow looking for a sign with a purple frog on it. Well, it was a green frog and the location was a little off. I later bought him a metal purple frog at a craft show and told him he finally found the purple frog.

Debra Carter

Posted at 06:55pm
No words but Love- Duane had such a giving heart. Our sincere condolences for Julia- Isaac and the whole Famdamily. Special Man this world lost. Hope we can all reflect on SO many memories for each person grieving. Keeping everyone in our thoughts and prayers.

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