Richard Donovan

Richard Donovan passed away peacefully at age 82, surrounded by family at home. Donovan told his last inappropriate joke on Saturday, July 11, 2020, which cannot be printed here.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Linda, a son, Rod, two daughters, Lori and Bonnie, seven grandchildren, Cody, Chelsea, Molly, Andrew, Ryan, Brianna and Derek, and one great grandson, Jacob.

Richard’s forty year career with the railroad took his family through 22 moves. He ultimately settled in Topeka, KS in 1995. His charismatic sense of humor made him a well loved manager, colleague and friend. 

Richard became a Shriner in 1983 and then was brought into the Mini-T’s in 1984. He was an active member of Crestview United Methodist Church.

The type of man people would frequently travel great lengths to see, Richard loved to play golf, and cheer on his favorite teams: Chiefs, Royals and Jayhawks.

The way he died is just like he lived: he wrote his own rules, he fought authority and he paved his own way. And if you said he couldn’t do it, he would make sure he did.

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  1. So sorry about your loss. Bill has the same problem and his cancer has spread so they are doing radiation for seven weeks. They wanted to do Cimo but the Dr said he was too old. He sleeps a lot but is very weak.
    How are you holding up? My granddaughter passed away July 8th. Going to bury her July 25th. Her obituary is in the paper today. When it rains it pours. I am stressed out already. I have her car 2006 Nisson Altima for sale and also her two bedroom mobile home in South Village. If you know of anyone that needs a good home or car, let me know. Thanks
    Hand in there!
    Ruth and Bill Davis

  2. Linda & family:
    We are so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. You are so blessed to have so many happy years of marriage. I know you will truly miss him.
    Our deepest sympathy to you.

  3. Linda, so sorry to hear about Richard. Always a character we loved so much. I pray for you and your family. Bill and Marie

  4. Linda and family I am sorry to read of Richard passing. I see from the obituary that he was still the same funny guy I knew in high school. I can remember when you lived down the street on Steuben and you two were dating. What a lovely romance that turned out to be! May you find peace in the wonderful long life you guys had together.
    Muffy (Truitt) Young Miller
    Kansas City MO

  5. Richard will be missed by many. We had a lot of good times together, knowing him and Linda for over 60 years. May he rest in peace I’m sure he will have everybody smiling in heaven. Love you Linda.

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