Carl F. Donegan Jr. 1933-2018

ELKHART, Ind. — Carl “Bud” F. Donegan Jr., 84, of Elkhart, Ind., entered into eternal rest Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at Elkhart Place in Elkhart.

Carl was born May 2, 1933, in Newton Falls, the son of the late Carl F. Donegan Sr. and Leone Phillips Donegan of Newton Falls.

Carl married Phyllis Salen Hayes on Feb. 14, 1965, and officially adopted all seven of her sons from her previous marriage. When asked why he would consider such an undertaking, Carl would always answer “because she was hot.”

Carl and Phyllis were married for 32 years before she passed away Dec. 3, 1997.

He was a graduate of Newton Falls High School, where he was voted “most likely to succeed” in his class. Carl worked for Protane Gas as a bulk truck driver and stayed on when it became Great Plains Gas. He moved to Indiana to become the manager of a new Great Plains Gas office in Goshen, Ind., and worked his way up to district manager and then regional manager as the company was bought out by Pyrofax Gas. After several years, he was promoted to a position with the parent company, Texas Eastern Gas Co., which required him to travel around the country. When Carl decided to retire early, he bought Highway 19 Sales / Countywide Wheelhorse dealership with his wife and his son, Robert.

Carl was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War.

Loving memories will be carried on by his sons, Donald W. (Sheila) Hayes of Shawnee, Kansas, Grant W. (April) Hayes of Largo, Fla., Frank J. (Jackie) Hayes of Largo, Ralph R. Hayes of Elkhart, James C. Donegan of New York, NY, Robert L. (Wendy) Donegan of Elkhart; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Hayes of Macomb, Mich; and his nephew, Tim Matkovic of Cleveland. He will also be remembered by his 17 grandchildren; 27 great- grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Carl was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; his son, Kenneth C. Hayes; and his sister, Marvel June Matkovic.

Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at James Funeral Home. Funeral services will immediately follow at 1 p.m. Carl will be laid to rest next to his wife Phyllis and his parents in Braceville Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to James Funeral Home, 8 East Broad Street, Newton Falls, OH 44444 (330)872-5440. Family and friends may view Carl’s obituary online and send condolences to his family. Please visit

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