Gilbert “Max” Donoho

March 15, 2020

Gilbert “Max” Donoho, child of God, world traveler, lifelong Frankfort resident, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, proud veteran, and friend, finished his life’s journey in the arms of God, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday evening, March 15, 2020.  Max’s journey began as the fourth child born to Gearold and Anna Bell (Wheeler) Donoho on Halloween Eve 1926.  As with many depression era families, the boys were expected to help support their families.  Following the completion of the 8th grade, Max joined the workforce doing whatever possible to contribute to the family.  World War II saw Max as a member of the United States Army serving two years as part of the occupational force on the Isle of Japan.

Following his return to Frankfort after the War, Max met and married Carolyn “Jean” Baker.  Their marriage produced three children.  After the completion of his apprenticeship with Nickel Plate Railroad, Max went to work for Allison in Indianapolis.  Over the next thirty-six years, Max, the master craftsman, built one of a kind pieces used in this country’s space, military, and civilian aviation endeavors.  Max and Jean were happily married for 63 years, traveling widely to see the wonderful world outside the Midwest. Jean’s death left a void in Max’s heart.  Life goes on and turned a new page when Max renewed an old friendship with Mildred Leonard.  Max and Mildred married on September 8, 2012 and she survives.

Memorial donations may be made to Mooseheart International, 120 Ohio Road, Mooseheart, IL  60539.

Visitation and Services

The family has decided to conduct only private family services to avoid the risk of inadvertently spreading the COVID19 virus to family and friends.  Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main Street, Frankfort is honored to assist the Donoho family.  

Survived by:

Other survivors include his Son: Raymond Lee (Nancy) Donoho of Lafayette; Daughter: Sheryl (Buddy) Stubbs of Santee, SC; Son-in-law: James Grissom of Avon; Brothers: Joe Bill (Evelyn) Donoho of Frankfort, Jack (Arlene) Donoho of Frankfort, Gary (Susie) Donoho of Frankfort, and Richard (Janet) Donoho of Peru; Sisters: Sharon (Jim) Unger of Sedalia, Judy Morrill of Frankfort, and Connie (Larry) Hinkle of Frankfort; 9 Grandchildren; 16 Great-Grandchildren; and 3 Great-Great-Grandchildren.  

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter: Penny Grissom; brothers: Medford and Robert Donoho; sisters: Justine Shrum, Norma Eaton, Janet Parks, Ruth Ann Grider, and Patsy Lou Donoho; along with a great-grandson.


Leave your Condolences

15 Condolences for “Gilbert “Max” Donoho”

  1. Bill & Lora Layton March 16, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Our sincere sympathy to all the Donoho Family at their loss. Especially Joe Bill and Evelyn. Bill and Lora Layton

  2. Jim Osbon March 16, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    I had the pleasure of knowing Max from his involvement with City Government, he never missed a Board of Works meeting, and was very involved in making Frankfort a great place to live !
    Max was a true friend of mine and I will miss him very much !
    I’m so very sorry for your loss, but I am confident he is in very good hands !!!

    James Osbon

  3. Brad & Sue Stockberger March 16, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    So very sorry to learn of Max’s passing… loved seeing him at the Moose Lodge and talking about his grandkids…such a great man… prayers for all the family at this difficult time. Brad and Sue Stockberger

  4. Deborah E King March 17, 2020 at 8:48 am

    My wonderful neighbor on Maple Drive,
    He was so kind and always offered a kind smile and even came over to help me a couple days.
    Rest in peace. You are now in God’s keeping and with Penny.
    God bless. Deborah King

  5. Chris Pippenger March 17, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Sorry about your loss. I’d lost touch with Max. I’m sorry about the loss of Penny, I went to school with her and was in Colorado at the time of her passing. I will miss you and Mildred stopping by the shop to visit. I will miss a great friend and supporter. Ex-Mayor Chris Pippenger

  6. Bill and Lou Ray March 17, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Our condolences to your’ll be in our thoughts and prayers. Bill and Lou Ray

  7. Suilon Benjamin March 17, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Dear Mildred & Sheryl & Family,
    Bless you for the great care & happiness you all gave Max… I could see his acceptance yet resiliant spirit every time I visited & that he was at peace & his good ole self… the Max we all loved to see & kid with at church… the Max who loved helping the Girl Scouts by buying one each of their cookies each year & for the military…
    While I send sympathy prayers for your great loss of such a special Child of God, I send Thank You Lord prayers for his happy Homecoming …
    Love & God Bless, Suilon & St Mary Church

  8. Steve donoho March 17, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    So very sorry to hear of the passing of my Uncle Max! I hope you’re having a happy reunion with the rest of the family. Steve and Pam Donoho

  9. MaryAnn Stockberger March 17, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    I will miss seeing Max drive the golf cart around the neighborhood. I know they enjoyed getting out in it. They were a fun couple. My sympathy to his family. MaryAnn Stockberger

  10. Dennis Donoho and family. March 18, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Losing someone we love is nothing easy, we can realize that we are blessed to have been able to share in his life. The fond memories of Uncle Max will always be with us. Due to illness in our family, we will miss his service I would rather be safe than sorry. Our condolences.

  11. Heather Mckinzie March 18, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Mildred and Family, I’m so sorry to hear about Max. What a great guy he was and it was always a pleasure to see his smiling face walk through my door at Verizon! I’ll miss our talks, his advice, and his stories. Rest in Peace.

  12. Krystal Hudspith March 18, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    So sad to hear of Max’s passing. Until we moved 6 months ago Max was our next door neighbor for 11 years. I will never forget the kindness he showed me when I worked nights, had my 4 boys to take care of and had no time to mow my lawn. He graciously knocked on my door to ask if he could help me out and mow it on his rider! He was a kind man who always commented how he loved watching the boys play or when I had my 2 girls how sweet they were. Many prayers to all Max’s family…my family is thankful and blessed to have known him.

  13. Julie Winger March 18, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    My thoughts and prayers going out to Mildred and the family!

  14. Tim and Cindy Kuzmicz March 18, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Mildred and family. We are so sorry for your loss. It was an honor being your best man back in September of 2012. We always enjoyed our little chats after Saturday evening Mass keeping you caught up on how our girls and families were doing. Max will be missed but his friendly smile will stay with us forever. He will be in our families prayers. Tim and Cindy Kuzmicz

  15. Nancy Conklin March 18, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    My parents (Beanie & Earl Newbold) were good friends of Max and Jean. I have very fond memories of them at the Moose. Your family is in my prayers.

    Nancy (Newbold) Conklin

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