Donna Kay Kinney

June 09, 1947 ‒ January 07, 2016

Galion, Ohio

A Mother of courage, Donna Kay Kinney, 68, passed away with family near and far surrounding her with love on January 7, 2016.

Donna was born June 9, 1947, to Freda Pauline (Hershener) Van Buren and Robert Howe Van Buren, in Galion, Ohio.

She is loved by her siblings, Robert (Brenda) Dale, Lula Surgener, Marvin (Linda) Van Buren, Lois (Ron) Webb, and Luana Darnell; her children, Henry (Heather) Kinney, Harold Jr. (Shirley) Kinney, and Freda McIe are her devotion and her grandchildren, Cody, Bradie, Tracy, Brad, Katelynn, Kaylee, Kyle, and Kellsey, who love her very much.

Donna’s smile lit up the room when seeing or mentioning her great grandchildren, which are many. A woman of grace, silly dancing, smiles, and laughter could without words fill the lives of so many. This world has lost such a gentle soul, a spirit without compare, a wonderful friend and companion. There will never be another Donna for us, she is greatly missed… We love you…

Following her wishes, there will be no formal service.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Donna Kinney, and condolences may be made to them at

  • Henry has always been my “other”son and I love him dearly. I know how much Donna was loved and I know she will be missed. No one can prepare you for a loss. However, take comfort in knowing that she is now resting in the arms of our Lord. My deepest condolences for your loss.

  • I met Donna 30 years ago at a time when she was a frequent camper at Oceola. She make the weekends such fun with her laughter and quick witt. She also was responsible for keeping my belly full. I loved her fried taters and fish fries. I adored watching her joy of her grandson (harold jr and I’s). She had a knack with Cody who enjoyed her attention as well. She will be sadly misssed. My condolences to her family. R.I.P Donna.

    • Thanks mum. Her enduring willpower and ability to always spread laughter despite her circumstances is something that stuck out to me for as long as I can remember. I love you Grandma Donna!

    • What great memories! Thank you for sharing them, I love hearing how she was before the strokes. After them, she was still dynamic and loving. I am happy that she impacted so many people with her love.

  • The love Donna had for her family was incredible to see. I remember the pride she had for her children and how she’d light up when her grandchildren were around. Whether it was Cody reading a book to her, Bradie singing to her, Tracey giving her the last baby bottle, or Kaylee walking across the room to her for the first time… She clearly treasured every moment. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • My beautiful grandma… you left so peacefully as we sang your song ( you are my sunshine ) you will always be my sunshine my Donna. You brightened my dark days with that amazing smile that lit up the room . I am so thankful God gave me you. You left a huge impact on so many people. I will always remember the chocolate smile or you boo booping around the house. I love you Donna . I can’t wait to see you in heaven rest in peace love♡♡

  • Marvin & Linda,
    You and your family are in our hearts & prayers.
    God Bless You,
    Russell & Margie Gelvin