Peter Donathan

October 23, 1931 - July 17, 2015

10/23/1931 - 07/17/2015

Past Services

Visitation
Monday July 20, 2015
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home
204 West Main Street
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
740-695-0475 | Directions
Cemetery
Tuesday July 21, 2015
Union Cemetery
211 Maple Ave.
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
740-685-1260 | Directions
Visitation
Tuesday July 21, 2015
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home
204 West Main Street
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
740-695-0475 | Directions
Service
Tuesday July 21, 2015
3:00 pm
Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home
204 West Main Street
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
740-695-0475 | Directions

Peter Donathan, 83, of St. Clairsville, OH, died Friday, July 17, 2015 at Wheeling Hospital.  He was born October 23, 1931 in Huntington, WV, a son of the late John Ison and Tennie Pemberton Donathan.

Peter graduated from Marshall College, Huntington, WV, with a degree in Music. He served in the US Air Force and Army Reserves. He was the band director at St. Clairsville High School for several years. He then went to Linsly Military Institute serving as director of the drum and bugle corps. During this time, his drum and bugle corps represented the state of WV in Washington, D.C. in 1977 for the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter. He also served as the director of the Linsly Extravaganza for many years. He directed the St. Clairsville Saints Club Minstrel for more than 20 years. After leaving Linsly, he attended the Culinary Arts School in Pittsburgh. After graduating, he worked as a chef at Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Beach Resort.  He served as a Richland Township Trustee, served as past president of the St. Clairsville Lions Club and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, St. Clairsville. He was a talented man.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Angela Moore Donathan in 1981; a daughter, Robin Ratcliffe; a daughter-in-law, Jackie Riesbeck Donathan; four brothers, Jack, Harry, Thomas Ferguson and John Donathan, Jr.; a sister, Ernestine Marshall.

He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Karen McCue Donathan; sons Thomas (Susan) Donathan of Wheeling, WV, David (Karen) Donathan of Charleston, WV., Mark Donathan of St. Clairsville; six grandchildren: Angela McVeigh, Eric, Kayla, Emily, Luke and Aidan Donathan; three great-grandchildren: Jay, Weston and Gracie McVeigh; a brother, Dr. D. Michael Donathan of Wise, VA; a sister-in-law, Mary Donathan of Union, WV and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Monday from 2-8pm and again on Tuesday from 1-3pm until the time of service at 3pm at Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home & Crematory, 204 West Main Street, St. Clairsville, OH with Rev. Homer Harden officiating. Burial follows in Union Cemetery, St. Clairsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Schiffler Cancer Center at Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, WV.

Share your thoughts and memories of Peter with his family at www.beckaltmeyer.com

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Chuck and Vickie Mohnacky
7 years ago

David Donathan and family; our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss.

Mike & Robin Brunner
7 years ago

Karen, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Pete was such a great influence on the both of us. Not only a great coach and mentor for Mike while he was at Linsly but just a wonderful person to be around. I look back at so many memories we shared at Linsly, just a great man. He will be missed by so many.

Mike & Robin Brunner
7 years ago

Karen, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Pete was such a great influence on the both of us. Not only a great coach and mentor for Mike while he was at Linsly but just a wonderful person to be around. I look back at so many memories we shared at Linsly, just a great man. He will be missed by so many.

Cheryl Skinner, Patriot Guard
7 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time

May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Peter Donathan, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of….. US Air Force, Army Reserve Veteran, Peter Donathan, “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Maryann Droll
7 years ago

Dear Ones —
May God’s peace and blessings be yours during this most tender season; and, may He give you many lovely memories so that you may always have roses in December.

Ever hoping . . .
Always in Jesus,

Maryann

kashelle evans
7 years ago

Eric and fsmily, I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your grandfather. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Elaine Williams
7 years ago

Band director at St. Clairsville , Ohio. What a kind, respectful and caring gentle man. Loved and cared about all his students . Will never forget him. I’ll be seeing you again in heaven Mr. D.

Warren Anderson
7 years ago

Thinking of you guys as you tread this road… I know the bitter / sweet feeling loosing my father recently as well… I’m sorry I can’t be there but please know that my heart with with you! Peace! Sincerely, ~Warren

Jay Hertel
7 years ago

Thoughts and prayers to all.

Jim Weir
7 years ago

Prayers