Dr. John J. Donoho

March 06, 1925 ‒ October 22, 2015

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Dr. John J. Donoho, age 90, of Mount Vernon, passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Country Club Retirement Center. He was born on March 6, 1925 in Centralia, Illinois the son of John Anderson and Clara (Branson) Donoho. John served in the United States Army during World War II and worked for the Illinois Central Railway from 1948 to 1961. He was a member of the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene.

Upon returning from the war and while working for the railway, John earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Studies from Oakland City Indiana College and later his Master’s Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University. Upon completion of his Master’s Degree, he earned his Advanced Certificate of Education from the University of Illinois.

John had served as Dean of Students for Trevecca Nazarene University and Director of Counseling for Olivet Nazarene University. In 1975, John became Dean of Students and served as a professor of Psychology for Mount Vernon Nazarene University before retiring in 1990. John was a caring and loving man, who considered all of his students thru the years as children of his own and he will be greatly missed by many.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Lora (Hiatt) Donoho whom he married on June 20, 1959. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Orville and Kenneth Donoho.

Friends may call on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene, 16001 Glen Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where a funeral service will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Scott Sharpes and Dr. Rev. David Leeder officiating. Entombment with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to Kindred at Home.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Dr. John J. Donoho.

  • Lora,
    Please know that Terry and I are sad for all of us who knew JJ as a sweet, wonderful man of God who loved his Lord and his family and friends. We are sad for us but I am looking forward to that day when we shall meet again…
    Karen and Terry

  • My sincere condolences to the Donoho family on the passing of John or ‘JJ’ as I remember him being affectionately called by Lora. I fondly remember John while a college student/staff member at MVNC – as it was back in the day :o) I can attest to his genuine care for students as well as everyone he came in contact with. What a legacy! One never had to second guess where that deep care and concern for people came from – it was his love for His Lord that twinkled from his eye and caused his step to be more joyful. I never recall a time when I did not see him in this way. What a celebration the angle band must of had welcoming him home. I leave with you this beautiful verse so eloquently written by M.S. Lowndes:

    “We all need to call
    On God’s holy power
    When we’re in our deepest need
    And in our saddest hour
    God is never distant
    He sheds a tear with you,
    He knows the pain your feeling
    And what you’re going through
    When you place your hope
    In His undying love,
    You will know His peace
    Like a mighty rushing flood”

    Hugs and Prayers, Pamela :o)

  • Lora,
    I am so sorry to hear of John’s death. The list is long of the times we worked together, travelled together, prayed together, played together. John was one of the kindest men I have ever known. His genuine interest in other people will live on in the lives of those he influenced. My family is grateful to be among them. You will be in my prayers in the days ahead. Charles

  • We are so sorry for your loss Lora. John was a wonderful friend for many years and always left us laughing whenever we saw him. He will be greatly missed.

    Alan & Vicky Reed

  • Lora,

    Doug and I will always remember the wonderful days when we lived in your “cabin” up on Glen Road!! Thank you for providing that fun adventure! We loved knowing and working with you and John for several years. You are part of what made MVNC great for us. We will always love you and John.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers today.
    Molli and Doug Craddock

  • Lora,
    We grieve with deeply you in this profound loss and also understand the sense of peace that you undoubtedly have in knowing that his suffering and struggle are over. We look forward to the day when we will be together again forever. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you adjust to life without your constant companion for so many wonderful years. Together you profoundly touched my life and I am a better person for having known you both these many years. I will miss his kind and gentle ways as well as his quick wit and contagious smile.

    With loving sympathy,
    Rogera Flack

  • So very blessed that my path crossed Dr. Donoho’s while at MVNC! Always a smile on his face and laughter in his heart and eyes. Many have been touched by his kindness!

  • So sorry to hear of Dr. Donoho’s passing. What a good and godly man. I had occasion to get to know him at MVNC, and then to spend time with them at Olivet and Trevecca. The last time we were together was several years ago when we sat at a baseball game together n Nashville. John and Lora were both real friends with giving hearts and sweet spirits.
    Our prayers for Lora and the rest of the wide range of friends and family that were touched by their lives, particularly the Mt. Vernon community.

  • Lora

    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I am thinking and praying for you during this time. I sure enjoyed our time together at MVNU and will always hold those memories dear to my heart.

    Carson and Angela Castleman

  • Lora, It has been our joy that our lives crossed, first in Kansas City and now at Lakeholm. Johnny’s journey he has just taken is so well earned and he certainly deserves all rewards bestowed upon him as he now enjoys Heaven and Heaven enjoys him as we did. It was always a delight when he was able to get to church. We’ll never know how many lives have been touched and influenced by his life. We trust God is giving you wonderful memories and will continue to be with you in the days ahead.
    God Bless you richly.
    Our love to you, Bob and Donna

  • Oh, Lora,
    How we will miss JJ! His soft voice, gentle humor, and impish grin are etched forever in our hearts. Though he was a knowledgeable man, he was never puffed up with a sense of self importance. He was confident in who he was. Someday, again in glory, John.

  • John and Lora were our first landlords in Kankakee many years ago. We have crossed paths many times and want Lora to know we are lifting her in prayer. They loved to tease us as newlyweds and were a fun-loving couple. We have great memories!

  • Dear Lora, Loved having you guys as my neighbor when I moved to Mt. Vernon. Remember so many good times together and JJ was always so much fun. My prayers are with you as you adjust to this new part of your life. You both were such a positive influence when I so needed it.

  • We mourn the passing of a great man of God! What a blessing that God merged our paths at MVNU. I remember the choo choo watch that John showed me daily outside his office. I remember the countless stories and laughs we shared out in the community!

    Know that we join you in mourning the loss of a great and Godly man who gave far more than he ever received! We are praying for you at this difficult time.

    God bless,
    The Gregory’s

  • Dear Lora,
    You and your husband were always so nice to me. John always seemed to really care for me every time he talked to me at Olivet. God bless you.

  • Dr. Donoho was one of my very favorite people at MVNU. I remember with great fondness working in the Dean’s office as Chapel Secretary. Dr. Donoho always greeted me with a sweet smile and kind word and sometimes a witty joke. It was a real treat that our paths crossed again at Venice Church of the Nazarene in recent years. Praying for strength and comfort for you, Mrs. Donoho.

    Becky and Lynn Battershell

  • His love and compassion changed the course of my entire life. I am forever grateful and can’t wait to see him again someday.

  • Lora, You know how much I loved John and how much he meant to me. My heart is broken. In his honor I shall wear my “Sodom red” nail polish and remember his kindness and gentle spirit. I wish I could be with you to give you a big hug and share more memories of your beloved husband. I love you, miss you, and am praying for God’s comforting arms to hold you as you grieve this great loss. He was a giant among men and his memory will never fade from the thousands of lives he so selflessly touched. May God be with us all until we meet again.

  • Our condolences to the Donoho family. We appreciate the Godly influence of his life on our children, as well as all students. May God bless his legacy. You are in our prayers. All our love!

  • Dear Lora,

    I am sorry for your loss. John was a blessing to everyone. His smile and humor was infectious. I remember him walking around campus and catching student couples holding hands and saying with a smile, “No PDA”. It cracked me up, and now I’m sorry for how far our culture has changed since the 80’s.

    God bless,

    Joe Augello

  • Lora,
    The loss is great but we have that blessed hope of being with John some happy day!
    You both are such wonderful people and loved by anyone who knew you! John
    was such a kind, caring, giving person always with a smile and laughter….I remember the choo choo watch and the times he would share!

    Our deepest sympathy,
    Ralph and Betty Linkous

  • Lora,
    The loss is great but we have that blessed hope of being with John some happy day!
    You both are such wonderful people and loved by anyone who knew you! John
    was such a kind, caring, giving person always with a smile and laughter.

    Our deepest sympathy,
    Ralph and Betty Linkous

  • Lora:

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing, though we know he is with the Lord whom he served so very faithfully. John was a huge part of what made the MVNC experience so special – his love of us and his joy for life and learning. I’ll never forget his smile and laughter. He was much loved and so are you!!
    Know you are prayed for. – Tim & Rosalie Allen

  • Dear Lora,

    We are keeping you in our prayers! I know there is some celebrating going on in heaven as John is welcomed in! We love you dearly!

    Pete & Sharon Ollis

  • Doc,
    Lauren called me at school to give me the sad news. My heart sunk to my stomach.
    What great memories Joe and I both have of J.J. Never a man to boast or not to have a smile on his face. Truly a man of God in so many different ways. He will be forever in our hearts along with our endless memories of our college days. It is amazing and inspiring how people are sent into our lives to impact it in a way that you two did for me.
    Please know that we send out love and comfort in this time of great loss.

  • Sending our love and prayers to Aunt Lora. Uncle John was a caring, smart and humorous man. Remembering all the laughs at his corny jokes as a kid. He will be missed but not forgotten. Until we meet again. Big hugs and much love, Eddie and Denise

  • Lora,

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was truly a wonderful man…his sparkle and wit brought smiles to all that knew him.

    May God bring you His comfort and His peace at this time and in the days ahead.

    God bless you,


  • Dear Lora: We wish we could be with you tomorrow and Monday. Dr. John was a great man. We are so blessed to have known him. We loved his blue eyes, kind heart, jokes, and great smile. What fond memories we have of you both. I can’t wait to get to heaven. He will greet us and have great, new stories to tell! We are praying constantly for you and hope to see you soon. You know that we love love love you.

  • Lora,
    It was a privilege and honor to be able to take care of your husband. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jackie Newbert
    Kindred at Home Hospice

  • I will forever remember John when I worked in the counseling and career center many years ago. It is too bad there are not more John Donoho’s in this world. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lora.

  • JJ was always a joy to speak with. He had a wonderful sense of humor. When I was studying European Nazarene College in Büsingen German, JJ he and Lora went as volunteer missionaries as school Faculty, and left a lasting and godly impression in the lives of many across the globe. On earth, JJ will be missed, but he is with Our Lord Jesus Christ, for whom he sincerely lived his life.

  • My most memorable moment with Dr. Donoho came in 1989 as a sophomore at MVNC at the time. Him and his wife Laura sponsored me my first $100 for a mission trip through the Naz to Guyana, South America. Such a giving person all the time. That trip changed my life. And it has been a joy to see that my mom, Sandra Davila has had wonderful opportunities to get to know them over the years as well. Dr. Donoho- See you in Glory!

  • From the Spring of 1975 when Dean Lloyd Taylor showed the Donohos around campus and the trio visited my Galloway Hall dorm room to the several recent years when I worked on campus and apartment or house sat for the Donohos when they went away for the winter, it was always a treat to chat with them.

    Lady D – your life was much fuller for having been married to Johno Dono. How many times did he say to me, “Walt, you’re a good man, but…” and we would both laugh? At what? Who knew? Who cared? It was the comaraderie that he and I shared. He had a wonderful saying which he used often. He wrote it down on paper. I dated it and it is in his file in the Archives.

    To God be the Glory for the Donohos and their care for us ‘younger folk’ in Nazarene education.


  • Lora,
    Our heartfelt sympathy in the passing of John. We remember him as a sweet, gentle and jolly person!

    Although we haven’t seen you in years, we will never ever forget your kindness to me as I struggled through my year at Oluvet. I was young, but I always knew you had my back.

    Much love to you in this difficult time.

    Mark and Geri Bottles

  • Lora,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. JJ was an extraordinary man and we consider it a privilege to have been with you both at European Nazarene College.
    We will always have fond memories of him. Right now JJ is probably telling his jokes in heaven and enjoying the benefits of his Savior’s victory.

    Much love to you. Stay strong!

    Davide and Tanya Cantarella

  • such a kind and gentle man…..he and Lora were so beloved Trevecca Nazarene University. Love and my sincerest condolences to the family.

  • So sorry to hear of JJ’s passing but what an incredible blessing he was to all he came in contact with. I will always remember his infectious laugh, his warm hugs, and that child-like twinkle in his eye. Prayers and hugs to Lora and his family. Until we meet again, JJ.

  • Special thoughts and prayers to you Lora. We will be remembering you in the days ahead. JJ was a wonderful friend. We are grateful for the days in Europe. May comfort and peace surround you. Love.

  • Lora,

    We are remembering all of the wonderful times that we shared at the President’s Bldg at the Florida Holiness Campground. We shared laughter , worship and even sometimes of illness. God was always there. John is sadly missed by all of us who remember his witty personality. Just be sure that you are loved by all. Hope to see you again at the campground.

    In Christ Love,

    Don & Kathy Hofele

  • So sorry to hear this. God be with you, Lora. I will remember forever discussing with him the definition of “cooking” in the dorm.

  • Dear Lora – we have been praying for you and JJ and know now that he is in the loving arms of his heavenly Father (who held him close all these years). We are sorry to hear about his death and the loss for you, Lora. At the same time we thank God for the privilege of knowing JJ and how he has shared God’s love and grace in so many ways – especially by his humour and his humble and serving spirit! He has touched and influenced so many people (students, faculty, staff and friends) at European Nazarene College! We miss him dearly! All the best to you, Lora. May God grant you his peace and presence during these days and in these coming weeks and months!
    Klaus & Martina

  • Lora,
    We (the Needles Family. ) just heard of John’s passing . We are so sorry for your loss. Our sympathy and prayers go out to you at this time.
    The Needles Family

  • May God comfort you, Dr. Lora Donoho. You both were so kind to a young freshman at Olivet in 1972-73. I still remember Prof. John’s pronunciation of a certain psychologist’s last name as he was trying not to say something embarrassing. You both are great people. Phil Hammersley ONC ’75

  • Dear Wonderful Lora,
    Our prayers are with you! We have wonderful memories of our times in Mount Vernon and Nashville together. Dr. Donoho (John) was always joyful and brought a smile to others. He has given much and loved well! May the Lord bless his memory and legacy. We love you!
    Elaine and Bob Mahaffey