Larry L. Donat

October 30, 1943 - December 26, 2010

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Larry L. Donat, 67, of Rome City died Sunday, December 26, 2010, in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Donat was a lifetime area resident. He was a partner in C.M. Donat & Sons Pepsi Cola Distributors in Rome City. He recently worked for Eshelman Excavating in Kendallville.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam. He was a member of American Legion Post 381, Rome City, and a charter member of the Moose Lodge in LaGrange. He served on the East Noble School Board from 1986 to 1990 and the Rome City Baseball Board for several years. He was a member of the Rome City United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Rome City Chamber of Commerce, and was previously named Citizen of the Year.

Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing, and car shows. He dearly loved his grandsons.

He was born October 30, 1943, in Kendallville to C.M. and Anna Gertrude (Thomas) Donat. On June 19, 1964, he married Sandra Schwab.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra Donat of Rome City; a daughter and son-in-law, Mindie and Mike Isaacs of Wolcottville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Trent and Leah Donat of St. Louis, Missouri, and Brent and Jennifer Donat of Kendallville; five grandsons, Dillon Donat, Darren Donat, Britain Isaacs, Nolan Isaacs, and Colton Isaacs; and a sister, Doris Bailey of Muncie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and four brothers, Edward Donat, C.M. Donat, Jr., Herbert Donat, and Richard Donat.

Funeral services will be Thursday, December 30, 2010, at 10 a.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville, with Rev. Dr. Dan Barker officiating. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery, Rome City. Honor guard services will be provided by American Legion Post 381, VFW Post 2749, and active duty members of the U.S. Army.

Calling is Wednesday, December 29, 2010, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to American Legion Post 381, Rome City Fire Department, or to the donor's choice.

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Arlene Wisler Pierson
February 2nd, 2011 7:30pm

Hi Saniy, I'm so sorry for your loss. I really understand your pain, I Lot my husband in July. It's really tough and takes a while to get easier. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If you would like to talk, my Ph. No. is 517- 927- 3646. God's Blessings Arlene

Steve and Janey Ruemmele
December 31st, 2010 1:22pm

Janey and I wish to express our condolences to the family and friends of Larry Donat. Our thoughts go out to you in this difficult time.

John and Karen Holsinger and The Wright
December 30th, 2010 7:31pm
Rome City

We are so sorry for your loss. Larry was a great guy. Thinking of all of you. You are in our prayers.

Bob Sieckhaus
December 30th, 2010 2:28pm
Oakville, Missouri

Trent, Leah and Family I am truly sorry for your loss and you are in my thoughts and prayers. Peace and comfort to you all, Bob Sieckhaus

Don and Pastor Barbara K. Cross
December 30th, 2010 12:51am
Rome City United Methodist Chu

Dear Sandy and Family, Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and I am life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, yet shall they live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. I died and behold I am alive for ever more. Because I live, you shall live also." Even though we have only known Larry six months, the wonderful gift of memory that we treasure in our hearts will be his beautiful smile. May God's promises enfold you with love, peace, and the assurance that you will be reunited with him in Heaven.

Amanda Dell
December 29th, 2010 5:25pm
St. Louis

I work with Trent at Wells Fargo. My heart goes out to your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

December 29th, 2010 5:21pm


larry and Mary Jane Moore
December 29th, 2010 4:33pm

We are so sorry for your loss, ours thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time All our love and prayers Larry, Mary Jane Moore, Kim and Micah Kunze

Tom and Jane Hulen
December 29th, 2010 12:59pm
Wolcottville, IN

Sandy and Family, Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this veryy sad time - May God give you comfort and keep your memories alive in your hearts for every - Blessings, Tom and Jane

John McKibben
December 29th, 2010 11:26am

Sandy and Family; I was sorry to hear of your loss and extend sincere sympathy. Larry was a special friend and great family man. Those grandsons were special to him. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jane and Larry Schaffer family
December 29th, 2010 4:04am
Oregon, Ohio

Sandy and family, please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of Larry. I have fond memories of getting together when I was young. May the many memories you have give you comfort. Sincerely, Jane Schaffer (Stub and Nancy Mock's daughter)

Jenny (Mock) Darr
December 29th, 2010 3:45am
Jackson, GA

Sandy and family, I was so sorry to hear of Larry's death. I remember our Schwab family get togethers and all the fun we had. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Jenny Darr (Nancy Mock's daughter)

Vicky Smith
December 28th, 2010 10:57pm
Topmost, Kentucky

Mindie and the rest of the family, My deepest sympathy goes out to you all. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Mary & William
December 28th, 2010 9:38pm

Dear Sandy, Trent, Brent & Mindy- We are thinking of you and remebering Larry! Love Mary and Beebs

Darlene Rowe Howard
December 28th, 2010 7:25pm
Mt. Washington, KY

Sorry about Larry. Haven't seen him since we were kids in school. He was a great fella back then.

Gene & Cheri Holcomb
December 28th, 2010 4:58pm
Sierra Vista AZ

We are so sorry to hear about Larry. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this very sad time. May God wrap his arms around each and everyone of you to give you comfort.

Tom & Joan Subzda
December 28th, 2010 3:07pm
Rome City, IN. 46784

To the Family of Larry L. Donat, We was proud to be friends with Larry,Sandy and the family. They are a family that would help and give to someone that is in need for help. He is above with God and he will watch over you as a family. God is with you all, and keep God in your hearts. We love all of you. I had a lot of good times with Larry, and he was a good husband, father, and he was proud to give and share. God be with you, Tom & Joan Subzda

Jonquil Cook Vincent
December 28th, 2010 2:29pm
Laurel, MD

Dear Sandy, Bobbie Krebs informed me of Larry's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Larry as a sweet guy with a smile on his face, and the guy who fell in love with my friend. There was never anyone else for him. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jerry & Sandra Chapman
December 28th, 2010 10:41am
Sevierville, Tennessee

Sandy & Family, We are saddened to hear that Larry has passed away, but we rejoice at our thoughts of knowing he is now with the Lord. I remember Larry most clearly from many years ago when he and his brother Dick came to the Econo Mart countless times to refill our store shelves during those busy holiday store Pepsi Specials! Back then, he lifted and flung those wooden cases loaded with 8-pack 16 ounce glass bottles of Pepsi with what looked like great ease. It was tough back breaking work! So, I know Larry was a hard worker. But the thing I will remember most about Larry was his warm and kind smile he always seemed to have every time I ever saw him. And even though at a time when Larry was not well and was having to deal with his complex medical issues, he still had the courage and good spirit to want to participate on stage at the Rome City Alumni Class Reunion a couple of years back. At a time when it was Larry who needed to be encouraged to keep smiling, it was instead Larry who helped bring countless laughs and lasting memories to his fellow classmates and friends. I know Larry will be deeply missed by many. Sandy, please know that our hearts and prayers go out to you and all your family. May the Lord comfort each of you and give you strength. Love In Christ Jerry & Sandra Chapman (PS: My mother also sends her condolences as well.)

linda and dallas quinley
December 28th, 2010 6:55am
rome city, in

we send our thoughts and prayers to the family, so sorry to hear of Larry's passing.

David & Sondra Harvey
December 28th, 2010 4:37am
Rome City, Indiana

Sandy, so sorry for your loss! Just know you and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers! Terri and her three children also send their deepest sympathy as well as their thoughts and prayers.

Paul Strater
December 28th, 2010 3:12am
Yakima, Washington

Larry was always full of life, and made life more fun for everyone else. I think of Larry as a big teddy bear--he could act rough and tough, but the little grin gave him away!!!!! I loved getting together with him and many other RCHS Class of '61 members each year, and I will really miss seeing him at the 50th Reunion. But he will be with us there in spirit and memoriea!!

Sarah and Ted Calvin
December 28th, 2010 2:10am
Chesterton, Indiana

Trent and Leah, Sandy and the whole family, On the few occasions we met your Dad we really loved talking to him. He was really easy and interesting to talk to. He had a big smile and warm heart and made you feel welcome. We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Brian Strange
December 28th, 2010 1:21am

Sandy you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers every one at eshelmam excavating is thinking of your family!