Clinton Lee Donelson

March 30, 1932 ~ April 19, 2020 (age 88)


Clinton Lee Donelson, 88, of Toledo, OH, passed away Sunday, April 18, 2020, at The Toledo Hospital, where he had undergone emergency surgery. He was born in Sylvania, OH, March 30, 1932, to parents Otis and Alma (Haefner) Donelson, and they preceded him in death. After graduating from Burnham High School in Sylvania,  Clinton began a career as a model maker for various pattern shops in Toledo. He was a long-time member of the Patternmakers Union. Clinton enjoyed making clocks, woodworking, caring for stray animals, and spending leisure time at the Elks and Moose Lodges in Sylvania, OH. Clinton married Beulah Shippert, June 25, 1966 and became a member of the Temperance Baptist Church, Temperance, MI. The couple built a home and resided in Deerfield, MI, for several years.

Clinton is survived by his brother Eugene Donelson, and his children Scott and Kelly; uncle Norm (Ruby) Haefner, and their children Karen and Barry; cousin Jimmy Heafner, and family; special friends; Gina Rodriguez of Delaware, OH, and Gregg Gilbert, of Toledo, OH. Other survivors include extended families of Beulah Donelson: Georgia Winkler, Cheryl Winkler Paxton, Kevin Winkler and Martha Drager and family. 

At Clinton’s request there will be no service or visitation.   Those wishing to make a monetary contribution, please consider the Toledo Humane Society.    Professional services were provided by the Reeb Funeral Home, where online condolences may be offered at 


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