Sunday, September 7, 2014

Robert E. “Taters” Donovan

Wellsville, NY - Robert E. “Taters” Donovan, 75, of 116 N. Highland Avenue passed away on Saturday, September 06, 2014 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. He was born October 7, 1938 in Wellsville, the son of Francis and Ella (Vogel) Donovan.

“Taters” was a 1956 graduate of Allentown High School. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving from 1962 to 1964. He was a 32 year employee of Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville; retiring in 2000. He was a member of the Wellsville Moose Lodge #601, Morrison-Hayes Post #702 American Legion and the Thelma Rogers Genealogical and Historical Society. He enjoyed antiquing, reading and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Floy (Miller) Donovan, two daughters, Melissa Donovan of Wellsville and Erin (Tom) Swimley of Knoxville, PA, five grandchildren, August, Magnus, Stevia, Gunnar and Larson Swimley, one sister, Doris Mingus of Wellsville, one brother, Donald (Carol) Donovan of Cuba as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Robert Donovan Jr.

Friends are invited to a graveside service with military honors on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 11:00 in Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 N. Main Street in Wellsville. Memorial contributions are suggested to the David A. Howe Public Library or to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit

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