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John Charles Kitto Donahue

John Charles Kitto Donahue

May 8, 1970 - June 8, 2024

John Charles Kitto Donahue, age 54 of DeGraff, Minnesota Journeyed to the Spirit World on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at the Saint Cloud Hospital in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. He was born on May 8, 1970 in Sisseton, South Dakota the son of Daniel Churchhill and Deborah Kitto. He was raised by Mel Ellis and adopted by Dan Donahue.

He had five children he loved dearly, Dakota, Dannon, Dylan, Arianna and Xavier. He always talked about his kids; he was such a proud father. Nothing was more important to him than being a father. John had a very close relationship with his sister, Shenandoah, and brother, David. He would tell stories about braiding his sister's long hair and stories of his "Baby Huey". When John turned 18, he met his Churchhill family and moved to Mille Lacs to meet the rest of his Ojibwe family, there he met his brothers: Jayson, Justin and Ryan.

John loved the Minnesota Vikings almost as much as he loved golfing, nothing stopped him from watching the Vikings. Now, golf was another story, from the time he was young until the week before he passed, he was golfing. He learned to golf from his grandpa Ellis. Grandpa Ellis bought John his first set of golf clubs when he was around 12 or 13.

Survived by his five children: Dakota Ray Donahue, Dannon Donahue, Dylan Oswaldson, Xavier Donahue andArianna Donahue; mother: Deborah Kitto Heminger; fathers:Melvin Ellis and Gene Heminger; brothers: David Donahue, Jayson Churchhill, Justin Churchhill and Ryan O'Brien; sisters: Shenandoah Ellis-Ulmer and Toni Heminger; a grandchild; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceded in death by his grandparents: Earlwin Kitto, Oakley Redwing Johnson, John and Bernice Churchhill, Melvin and Sadie Ellis and Christopher and Shirley Johnson Jr.

All-night visitations will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 and Thursday, June 13, 2024 beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Buffalo Lake District Center in Eden, South Dakota.

A funeral service for John Donahue will be held on Friday, June 14, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. at the Buffalo Lake District Center in Eden, South Dakota

Officiating is Jr. Heminger, J.C. Crawford, and Louis Johnson

Music is Billy Kohl

Drum Group will be Buffalo Lake Sundance

Honorary Casket Bearers will be John's Loving Family and Friends.

Casket Bearers will be David Donahue, John Beaver, Jayson Churchhill, Justin Churchhill, Ryan O'Brien, Dylan Oswaldson, Speros Ellis-Ulmer, Gus Ellis-Ulmer, Hunter Smith, Michael Ellis-Ulmer, Billy Canku Jr., Jeremiah Johnson, John Lincoln, Jackson Ellis-Ulmer

The Chilson Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements. On-line condolences can be directed to

All-Night Visitations:

Wednesday, June 12, 2024


Thursday, June 13, 2024

7:00 P.M.

Buffalo Lake District Center


Eden, South Dakota, 57232

Funeral Service:

Friday, June 14, 2024

1:00 P.M.

Buffalo Lake District Center


Eden, South Dakota 57232


Buffalo Lake Cemetery

Eden, South Dakota

Supper will be served at 6 P.M. prior to the service on Wednesday and Thursday. A lunch will be served Friday at 11:30 A.M. prior to the 1:00 P.M. service.


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