Del Donahoo was an integral part of the Channel 3 WKYC family from the day he walked through the door here on July 1, 1968.
Del celebrated his 90th birthday on Nov. 15, 2013, and he passed away Wednesday morning.
Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 7 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bay Presbyterian Church, 25415 Lake Road in Bay Village. The funeral will be held there at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.
People throughout Northeast Ohio knew Del and, as WKYC’s Tom Beres said today, “He was a kind, decent man.”
He was an important part of the Channel 3 family. From 1981 to 1998, Del co-anchored the “Today in Cleveland Show” with Tom Haley. His wife, Martha, even became part of the show, with her now famous coffee and Tom’s incessant criticism of it. Haley passed away March 16, 2009.
While at the University of Iowa, Del met his future bride, Martha, who was a student at Drake College. They were married in 1948. Martha passed away in October, 2006, and the couple had two children and four grandchildren.
Together in Del’s Folkswagon, Del and Martha attended just about every parade, festival, county fair and community event in Northeast Ohio. He was most famous for his series “Del’s Folks” and his Del’s Folkswagon minibus was with him on most of his travels.
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