Lucius B. Donkle

March 3, 1922 - March 12, 2009
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Lucius B. Donkle, Jr., age 87, passed way on March 12, 2009 after a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by two sons, Lucius (Priscilla) B. Donkle III of Valparaiso, IN, Christian (Cheri) K. Donkle, of Ottawa, IL, and daughter, Heidi (Douglas) D. Conn of Turner, ME. Grandchildren: Wayne and Gretchen Conn; LuciusContinue Reading

Dick Austin left a message on April 9, 2009:
Lou was a dear friend and a great intellect that I appreciated more the longer I knew him. We shared delightful hours together on the water in the Florida Keys. The last time I spoke with Lou I kidded him by telling him that both he and I had lived so long that our buddies in heaven were worried that he and I had not made it!He liked the thought and told me if he made it first, he would tell the guys he thought I might still have a chance. You can be sure of this,Heaven is a better place because Lucius Donkle is there. To the family: May God's peace be with you. Dick & Mary Ann Austin
Mary Lee Webeck left a message on April 8, 2009:
So many things about your dad I didn't know. I don't think I ever heard him sing, and this makes me sad. What a life of accomplishment and purpose, well-lived. I am happy to know that your parents took all the wonderful trips mentioned and continued to sail. We vacation now on Beaver Island, MI and when I am there in the house we rent on the tip of the island, I will plan some special moments to remember both of your parents and the ways they each shared their love of Lake Michigan with me. It has been a life-long love for me, shared with my family and my students when I was teaching in Indiana. I will miss both of your parents in the way that respects the important role they each played in my young life. Thanks for sharing your parents with me--as friends do. I am so sorry that I have been out of touch and therefore was not able to say goodbye in person. With warm regards from Texas, Mary Lee.
Tom and Connie Halpin left a message on March 27, 2009:
Lou and Joellen were two of the first friends we met at Outdoor Resorts. We shared the same canal and snorkeled from with them from our "rubber duckies". Through the years, we shared many happy times - dancing at ODR parties and the Marathon Yacht Club, evening at the Marathon Community Theatre and San Pablo concerts, swimming and boating in the afternoons - good fun, good memories!
Peg Money left a message on March 27, 2009:
Thank you for letting me know about your father's death. I was a Gulf Park College friend of your mother's. We connected over the years. My oldest child was born about the same time as Dunk was when Lou & Joellen were in Hammond, IN and she was working at the Hammond Times & Lou was working at one of the steel companies. When I lived in Indianapolis, Joellen would stop for a visit when she was at a convention. I last saw Lou & Joellen at their home in the Dunes in about 1998. They were wonderful hosts. When Lou let me know that Joellen was ill, I sent her a prayer quilt that he told me she really enjoyed. I was priviledged to know both of them. They both added something special to all who knew them. I'm sure that you will all miss them. Love, Peg Money
Tom Brand left a message on March 27, 2009:
As a fellow wise guise, I will miss Lou. I didn't know his formal name was Lucius, which to my ear is much more impressive but then again the WG group has always been informal and relaxed. I am positive he enjoyed our group, as I do. This gives us an opportunity to air our thoughts and beliefs (or none in my case). We all have our favorite topics. Lou spoke often about the English language in our schools. He was quite passionate about this. I always respect a person who has an issue and speaks his mind about it. I miss him. Tom Brand
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Ernie and Barb Miller left a message on March 25, 2009:
We first met the Donkles in the Michigan City marina where we all participated in the Friday night sailing racesWe also shared Power Squadron activities and the year they sailed to the North Channel, we did, too. We were responsible for their spending their last few winters in the Keys as we had found a "paradise" there. We enjoyed their company and Lou's love of singing. We miss them.
Bonnie B Baker Jones left a message on March 24, 2009:
Uncle Lou - you always brought joy into my life with your kind words, your smile and the twinkle in your are my evergreen....forever with love Bonnie
Ann Bucy Geddes left a message on March 23, 2009:
So many wonder memories. Uncle Lou will always have a very special place in my heart!
jo and don whiteman left a message on March 21, 2009:
Our sincere sympathies to Lou's family, whom he and Joellen so richly treasured. We regret, in our acquaintance of nearly 60 years, that our paths didn't cross more frequently. Lou will be remembered for his perpetual good humor and positive disposition, and he was always a pleasure to be around. He was a great guy, and truly a gentle man. Jo and Don Whiteman Staunton, Virginia
margot eby left a message on March 21, 2009:
Lou's obit brought many tears to my eyes. He was one very special kind and loving man who will be missed and remembered by all of us for many years to come. Much love to all Margot
kris and lakshmi raju left a message on March 20, 2009:
Our sincere sympathies to all your family on the death of our very good friend, Lou. We are long-time acquaintances of Lou and Joellen, going back to graduate school days, and we always enjoyed their very convivial and stimulating visits with us. Lou was one of the most jovial gentlemen we have met over the years, and he will be missed. With our sympathies, Kris and Lakshmi Raju.
Missy Alexander left a message on March 20, 2009:
Dear Dunk and Chris, Your sister is an amazing woman. She is definately Lou's daughter! I was privledged to know both Lou and Joellen. What a pair. My life is fuller for having known them. You Dad always kept my tattoo a secret from my Mom!! If not for Heidi I would not have met such incredible people. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Eddi & John Hoppe left a message on March 19, 2009:
Our world is a better place because of you, Lu. You will be missed, but not forgotten.
Linda Matzen left a message on March 19, 2009:
Dear Heidi, Doug, Wayne and Gretchen - My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Lou Donkle sounds like quite a guy, and I know that amid the tears, you will be celebrating the life of this special man. I know he will be missed by many whose lives he touched.
John & Dodie Mull left a message on March 19, 2009:
A life well lived leaves behind a beautiful bouquet of memories.
Cash and Suzanna Mather left a message on March 19, 2009:
God Bless the entire Donkle Family. I'll neverr forget my trips to Michigan City and Uncle Lou's kindndess. I'm so happy to know that my grammy-Lorraine Weatherby and Uncle Lou are together in Heaven celebrating being together again in paradise. We love you all. John 3:16
Barbara Dove left a message on March 18, 2009:
Lou and family, I am so sorry for your losses this year. I often think of your parents and how vibrant and energetic they always were. They both set a fine example for the rest of us. My prayers are with you.
Margaret & Brian Potter left a message on March 18, 2009:
Memories of Lou - a dear friend whose demeanor and friendly attitude made him a wonderful companion. He supported so many things from support for the South Shore and the Michigan City Yacht Club when they needed support. He left a lasting legacy of goodwill and happiness in the community. He had an engaging smile so we always felt happier after being with him. He found life a great adventure, traveling to so many exciting places all over the world. Even when pancreatic cancer was diagnosed he remained hopeful he would survive. We miss him and are grateful for his presence in our lives.
The Rev. Timothy Thomas left a message on March 18, 2009:
Wishing I could be with you all, I send love, prayers and fond memories of Lou, one of the most thoughtful, gracious and engaging gentlemen I have ever had the privilege to know. "Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him."
Marguerite Thomas left a message on March 18, 2009:
Father Tim and I send our love and prayers to all Lou's family as they gather to honor his life. We hope that your memories will come and give you peace as time passes.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Suzanne philbrick left a message on March 18, 2009:
Herb and I sailed with Lou in the Michigan City Yacht Club races and we have wonderful memories. He was a very knowledgeable sailor and always very cheerful. Sometimes his adult sons would be on board and he always referred to them as "honey". We will miss him.
Mark Croll left a message on March 18, 2009:
Lou and family, my condolences and best wishes. You were lucky to have a great father. Mark
Mike Dunn left a message on March 18, 2009:
Please accept my prayers for Lucius and his family. Heidi is loved here and her stories of her dad have given us all great pleasure.
William Kehoe left a message on March 17, 2009:
Nancy and I are very sorry that Lou is no longer with us. We'll miss him at Wise Guise.
John & Diane Carpenter left a message on March 17, 2009:
As a fellow Wise Guise and MCYC member Lou's view from the Right Side will be missed.
Fred Boulais left a message on March 17, 2009:
My sympathy to Lou's family that he loved so much. I talked to Lou on his birthday and reminisced about how we both graduated from the same high school (different years), we both spent time in the Philippines (different years), how we enjoyed working together at Interlake, and how much we enjoyed our visits with Lou and Joellen every time we traveled to Michigan. Lou was always a gentleman and a pleasure to be with.
Richard & Marianne Gosswiller left a message on March 17, 2009:
Lucius, you lit up the room with your smile. And from sharing authors and recipes to making Boot's Best Bitters, teaching us "man overboard" or producing "Of The I Sing" three times for our playreading added greatly to our lives and we'll miss you. --Richard & Marianne Gosswiller Our world is a better place because of you, Lou. You will be missed but never forgotten. --Love, John & Eddi Hoppe
Dr. Eric Lester, MD left a message on March 17, 2009:
I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to your family at this difficult time. It was a pleasure knowing your father. God Bless.
Joe Huske left a message on March 16, 2009:
Lou was a very exceptional individual and it was my pleasure to be associated with him at Interlake. Joe Huske
David R. Domke left a message on March 16, 2009:
I was so sorry to hear of Lou's illness but managed to reminisce with him via phone. My condolences to his children and their families. Lou and I were close friends from the 4th through 12th grades and remained friends mostly apart thereafter. When I married he was my best man and we did get together during WWII in the Philipines. He was one great guy in every way.
Wendy Sylvain left a message on March 16, 2009:
Heidi - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time...... Wendy
Heather and Peter Nash left a message on March 16, 2009:
My memories and love for Uncle Lou will forever be in my heart. He was one of the kindest, caring men I knew and his legacy will live on through all of us. I thank him for always teaching me something new in every occasion that we had to visit and spend time together. I loved sitting on the beach with him in Michigan City dunring the summertime and just listening about his travels and time on his boat. God bless you!! Love, Heather Mills Nash and family (Peter, Conor and Samantha)
Susan Pettingill left a message on March 16, 2009:
I send my deepest condolences to my dear friend Heidi and her brothers,and to Doug, Wayne,Gretchen and Marge on the loss of your father/father-in-law/grandfather/companion. I never had the privilege of meeting Lou, but from Heidi's many stories and anecdotes he sounded like a very special man. I expect the absence of his presence will be felt by many. Please know that I am holding you all in my thoughts and prayers. Susan Pettingill Portland, Maine
Jen Braunfels_lamontagne left a message on March 16, 2009:
Thinking of you Heidi and Doug. I always loved hearing the stories about your dad. He sounded like a wonderful man.
Ben and Susette Thomas left a message on March 16, 2009:
Lou was a wonderful gentleman, kind and thoughtful. I knew this when first I met him, just a few years ago; he stood up to that assessment, and continued to enhance my high regard. As son of Marjorie Hammond, his close friend, I credit Lous companionship, high spirit, love of humanity, and lets-go attitude with jumpstarting my moms spirit when she needed it most; I am grateful that we could know him.
Sue Chamberlain left a message on March 15, 2009:
We are deeply sorry for your loss. Love, Leo, Gary & Suzie
Deborah Louise (Harrison) Anthony left a message on March 15, 2009:
I knew Lou as Uncle Cousin Lou. His wife Joellen was my mother's cousin. We loved to go visit the family at their place. Lou was kind and very good with kids. I admired him and loved him. My deepest condolences to Dunk, Heidi, Chris and all the family. He was and is a wonderful man.
Becky Natale left a message on March 14, 2009:
Our deepest sympathy to Dunk, Heidi, Chris, to all of their families, and to my mom, upon the loss of one of the most wondeful men I have ever known. I will be forever grateful for the time we had with him and the joy he brought to my mom. Sincerely, Bruce and Becky Natale
candy gleason left a message on March 14, 2009:
To my dear friend Heidi and her brothers, I feel so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to meet and enjoy this wonderful, gentle man, their father. I met him doing two of the things he loved most, astonomy and singing. Heidi was kind enough to include me in a start gazing outing at her house in Turner. Lou officiated, standing court in the backyard under a canopy of dancing stars, pointing out one constellation and other. He was such a gentleman, never boastful, but so incredibly knowledgeable. I enjoyed every moment of touring the Milky Way with him as our guide. Heidi also orchestrated a sing along at my house last year. Marge played the piano and we sang all the old songs from book that Lou had brought with them all the way from Michigan! And what a beautiful voice he had! I am not surprised that he toured Europe with the Glee Club from Cornell. He was a class act. The only thing I can say is that if he hadn't been so well loved, he would not have been so sorely missed. Lou was one of the last members of the Greatest Generation, and he epitomized all that was good about it. My sympathies to all who knew and loved him. Candy Gleason
Melissa Alexander left a message on March 14, 2009:
The moon called to him, like a portal to the heavens. Lou died during a full moon. I think he planned it that way! In every full moon hereafter I will see his broad, bright smile.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Jeremy Saar left a message on March 14, 2009:
Im sorry I never made the time to meet you. Gretchen had so many good things to say about you. My heart is with your family.
Geisen Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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