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Private funeral services are planned for Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Richard A. Donovan, 30, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Charles Cemetery, Newfane.

A native of Newfane, Donovan died Saturday (Sept. 4, 1999) when he shot himself at a Navy installation after fatally shooting his estranged wife.

He had been in the Navy since his 1988 graduation from Newfane Central School. Donovan was in training as a diving instructor with the Navy and was a diver on the USS Salvor, stationed at Pearl Harbor.

Donovan served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm during the Persian Gulf build-up and war. He received the Air Force Achievement Medal for the rapid recovery of a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft in the presence of hostile forces and the Humanitarian Service Medal for the rescue of 32 Vietnamese boat people.

Donovan also was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for the recovery of two Air Force F-16 aircraft and a North Korean submarine.

Survivors include a son, Jason J. of Ewa Beach; his mother, Betty Mael Donovan of Olcott; and three brothers, David J. of Puerto Rico, Joseph E. of Akron, and William J. of Olcott.


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