Joseph Donegan

Obituary of Joseph Robert Donegan

Joseph Robert Donegan departed this life on March 18, 2022, in Slidell, Louisiana, surrounded by his loving children.

Joe was born October 15, 1981, in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the beloved son of Renee and Jason Hopper of Virginia Beach, Virginia and the late David A. Donegan of Harrisonville, Missouri.

He is also preceded in death by his beloved grandmother, Josephine Aquino.

He is survived by four children: Zachary Ruddick of Newport News, VA and Tristan Donegan, Joseph Peyton Donegan, and Emilee Donegan of Biloxi, Mississippi.

He is also survived by his life partner of more than 20 years, Amber Donegan of Biloxi, MS and his sister Hannah Donegan of Chicago, Illinois.

He attended Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, Arkansas, where he excelled in athletics, especially football.  In his youth, he enjoyed working on cars, camping, and building audio systems. 

His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his children. He was incredibly proud of the young people his children had become and were becoming and they will miss him deeply.

Joe loved fishing, muscle cars, and electronics. He excelled as a mechanic and loved classic pickup trucks. His favorite holiday was Christmas, and he decorated his home year-round in anticipation. His family will fondly remember holidays spent playing card games. 

He never met a stranger and made friends easily. He was quick with a joke or a smile to make someone’s day better and never hesitated to help anyone who needed it.

He lived life to the absolute fullest, never holding back or refusing to take a chance. He never feared failure and always gave his all to the people in his life.

He lived on his own terms and is deeply loved by his family and friends.  Memories and condolences may be expressed at

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