Robert “Bob” Thomas Donelson, 92, of Carey, died on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at Fox Run Manor, 11745 TR 145, Findlay.
On Jan. 25th, 1929, Bob was born in Findlay to the late Arch and Pearle (Young) Donelson. He graduated from Carey High School in in 1947. He played four years of football, baseball, basketball and one year of track while leading the football team to an undefeated season in 1946 and was part of Carey’s 1944 state final four baseball team.
Furthering his education, Bob graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1951, where he was the leading scorer on the football team his junior and senior years while playing halfback and kicking extra points and field goals. He led Ohio Northern to a conference championship in 1950. He also played baseball and golf, where he was part of the 1951 golf conference championship team.
While attending Ohio Northern University, he met the love of his life, Sarah Joan (Morse) Donelson. They married on Jan. 27, 1951, at Unionville Center United Methodist Church, Unionville Center. Together they shared 70 years of marriage. She passed away in January 2021.
Following graduation from ONU, Bob returned home to Carey, where he helped his father own and operate the Donelson Packing Company. An entrepreneur, Bob also owned and operated several drive thru businesses.
Bob was best known for his love for golf. As a golfer, he won many tournaments, championships and held course records at many of the local golf courses. Bob’s dream came true in 1990 when he bought 77 acres outside of Carey to build a golf course. Bob, with the help of several friends, began to build Bob’s Country Side Golf Course, completing it in 1992. His love for people and golf made the golf course a success. He always made you feel like it was your golf course not his.
His love of sports didn’t end with golf though. He loved girls basketball. He coached girl’s basketball at various times for the fifth and sixth grade, coached junior high girls basketball, he was varsity assistant girl’s basketball coach and assistant baseball coach for the Carey Blue Devils. He also has served for years as the official scorekeeper of the girl’s basketball team. For many years, he also was a basketball referee. One of Bob’s proudest achievements was being inducted in the Class of 2012 Wyandot County Hall of Fame.
Bob will be dearly missed by his daughter, Tracy (Dwight) Myers of Carey; and sons, Arch Donelson of McCutchinville, Durke (Diana) Donelson of Trenton, and Aaron (Brandee) Donelson of Carey; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Diane England; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including his wife and parents, Bob was preceded in death by his daughter, Debra Kaput; and three sisters, Josean Heck, Marjorie Miller and Carolyn J. Mullholand.
His family will greet friends from 3-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay Street, Carey. Services honoring his life will follow there at 6 p.m., with his sons officiating: Durke and Aaron Donelson. Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite Carey Blue Devils or Ohio State Buckeyes gear. Burial will be observed privately by his family in Spring Grove Cemetery in Carey.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Carey Athletic Boosters or to Grace United Methodist Church and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.StombaughBatton.com.