Michael John Donoghue

May 2, 1914 - January 15, 2003

05/02/1914 - 01/15/2003

Past Services

Visitation
Sunday January 19, 2003
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Cemetery
Monday January 20, 2003
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Wheeling
National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
Directions
Visitation
Monday January 20, 2003
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Service
Monday January 20, 2003
11:00 am
St. Michael Catholic Church
1225 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
242-1560 | Directions

DONOGHUE, Michael John "Mickey", 88, a resident of Wheeling, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, in Peterson Rehabilitation Hospital and Geriatric Center, Wheeling.
He was born May 2, 1914 in Wheeling, the son of the late Philip and Ellen Murphy Donoghue. "Mickey" loved Oglebay, his pro job, his family, and people. Hundreds of golfers have benefited from golf lessons given by "Mickey" at the Par 3 Golf Course in Oglebay.
In 1931, Mickey went to Oglebay as caddymaster and later graduated to assistant to Bob Biery at Wheeling Park. He went back to Oglebay in 1954 and in 1962 was named full time professional. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling; Saints and Sinners; the Elks Club in Wheeling, and was a Merchant Marine in World War II.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Martha Porter Donoghue, in 1996; five sisters, Helen Casey, Dorothy Younginger, Katherine Bowman, Josephine Pell and Joan Graham. Surviving are a son, Michael P. Donoghue of Williamsport, MD; two daughters-in-law, Terrie Donoghue of Midwest City, OK, and Deborah Donoghue of Waynesboro, PA; two sisters, Genevieve "Gen" Ghent and her husband, Tom, of Columbus, Ohio, and Patricia Lelli of Wheeling; five grandchildren, Jerry Donoghue of Midwest City, OK, Jane Davis and her husband, Perry of Fort Lewis, WA, Julie Johnson and her husband, Randy of Elizabethtown, KY, Janice Navalta and her husband, Brian of Choctaw, OK and Kara Donoghue of Waynesboro, PA; five great-grandchildren, Teresa Smith of Elizabethtown, KY, Andre and Ian Davis, both of Fort Lewis, WA, Brian Michael and Breann Navalta of Choctaw, OK.
Friends will be received Sunday from 7-9 p.m. and Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m., where a vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger St., Elm Grove, Wheeling. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Catholic Church, with the Rev. James Sobus as celebrant. Entombment in Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wheeling Junior Golf Association, Oglebay Park, Wheeling, WV 26003.

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Jennifer Younginger
8 years ago

Bless you Uncle Mick……

Michael Cook
8 years ago

I am 53 and live in the Columbus area now. I golfed for Shadyside HS back in 64-67, and took lessons from “Mickey” back then. Just this year I retired and am a little rusty 12 hdcp now. This year, I was golfing with friends at Arrowhead GC in Sunbury. The starter saw my swing and said “You’ve had to have had lessons.” I said “A long time ago at Oglebay Park, from Mickey Donoghue.” The starter said “I don’t know him, but with that swing and that grip, he must have been a heck of a good teacher.” And he certainly was.

My father is 87 and I was visiting and saw the obituary. I had to relay the story. Mr. Donoghue, the teacher, is, and will be, remembered – every round of golf.