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Donovan Cassatt

June 8, 1927 — May 9, 2015

Donovan Cassatt

Donovan Emil Cassatt, age 87, of McPherson, KS passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Hays Medical Center. He was born June 8, 1927 in El Dorado, KS to Wayne and Evelyn (Muzzy) Cassatt. He married Rita Marie (Geist) March 27, 1951 in Victoria.

Donovan was a long time educator earning his teaching degree from Fort Hays State University and a Masters + 60 in mathematics from Kansas University. His teaching career started in Mankato, KS and then Jamestown, KS, Phoenix, AZ, Phillipsburg, KS, Bremerhaven, Germany for one year, Norton, KS. His final ten years as a full time educator he was at Kansas Technical Institute in Salina, KS. After retirement he was a substitute teacher in McPherson, KS and surrounding communities.

He was a US Navy veteran and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in McPherson. He enjoyed playing bridge, golf and being a golf instructor. He was also an avid KU Basketball fan.

He is survived by his wife, Rita of McPherson; four daughters, Janet Jones of Tucson, AZ, Deborah Reece and husband Ed of Farmington, NM, Tamara Streit and husband Victor of Salina and Donna Ward and husband Dave of Hays; a brother, Wayne Cassatt of Sedona, AZ; a sister, Deanie Larson of Austin, TX; nine grandchildren, Bryan Jones, Derrick Jones, Joshua Cassatt, Levi Reece, Christopher Reece, Austin Streit, Jenna Miller, Tara Gillespie and Jaclynn Ward, and five great grandchildren, Beatrice Cassatt, Alex Miller, Evelyn Miller, Jackson Gillespie and Greyson Gillespie.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Matthew Thomas Ward.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in McPherson, Kansas. Inurnment will be at 11:00 AM Saturday at St. Fidelis Cemetery in Victoria.

Visitation will be Thursday 6:00 PM 8:00 PM with a rosary service at 7:00 PM all at St. Joseph Catholic Church in McPherson.

Arrangements in care of Brocks-Keithley Funeral Chapel 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601.

Memorial contributions will be used for educational purposes to be designated at a later date.

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