Milbourne “Mel” Donaugh

May 25, 1926 ‒ October 23, 2007

Mount Gilead, and formerly of Marion, Ohio

Milbourne “Mel” Donaugh, age 81, of Mount Gilead and Fort Myers, FL, and former resident of Marion, went to be with the Lord early on Tuesday morning, October 23, 2007, at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

He was born in Marion, Ohio, on May 25, 1926, the son of the late Rev. Raymond and Belle (Wren) Donaugh. Mel graduated from Marion Harding High School in the Class of 1944.

Following graduation, Mel enlisted in the U.S. Navy, was a Veteran of World War II, where he served as a post man.

On July 18, 1948, Mel married his loving wife of over 58 years, Phyllis Rose (Apt) Donaugh, at the Greenwood Evangelical Church.

For over 40 years, Mel worked as the owner and operator of the Marion Business College. For several years, he worked as a real estate broker. With his vast business experience, he later taught business management at the Marion Correctional Facility and business courses at the Tri-Rivers Adult Education Center.

A man of deep faith, Mel was an integral member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church, where his grandmother, Mary Donaugh, was a founding member. At Greenwood UMC, he participated in the church orchestra and played the trombone. Mel and Phyllis transferred to the Crosswoods United Methodist Church. Recently, they began attending Dayspring Wesleyan Church with their son, Jerel.

Mel was a member of the Board of Directors at Hidden Lakes in Mount Gilead and a past member of the Marion Board of Realtors.

For many years of Mel’s life, he and his family would go camping . They started in a small tent, and then upgraded several times with different travel trailers and several different motor homes. For Mel, this was time to relax and socialize, as he loved to tell stories and jokes. They were members of the Swamp Fox Camping Club in Marion.

Mel and Phyllis enjoyed to dance, especially ballroom dancing, and they were members of the PAR dance club. Mel never met a stranger and really enjoyed being with people.

As snow birds, Mel and Phyllis spent their winters in Florida, first in Okeechobee and next in Fort Myers. At Fort Myers, Mel played the trombone in a local band, taught line dancing, and led various programs.

Other hobbies Mel enjoyed include: playing cards, ping pong, and avidly rooting for his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Phyllis; son: Jerel Donaugh of Marion; two daughters: Tina Donaugh of Centerburg, and Melanie (Charlie) Toland of Richwood; and five grandchildren: Matthew (Lorenda) Donaugh of Westerville; Lindsay Donaugh of Marion (engaged to Jonathan Noggle of Harpster); Bryan (Ashley) Donaugh of New Carlisle, Indiana; Brittany Toland and Elliott Toland, both of Richwood.

Including his parents, Mel was preceded in death by his brother Rev. Theron Donaugh and daughter-in-law Cheryl “Jane” Donaugh.

His family will greet friends on Friday from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. A service giving glory to God for Mel’s homecoming will be held on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Dayspring Wesleyan Church, 2431 Marion Mt. Gilead Road, Marion, with Pastor Keith Luke officiating. His family will observe private burial services with military honors in Claridon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Crosswoods United Methodist Church, 1551 Richland Rd, Marion, Ohio 43302.

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