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James Eugene McDonald

Born: Mon., Sep. 15, 1924
Died: Wed., Aug. 10, 2011


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 12, 2011
Location: Galveston Chapel

Funeral Service

11:30 AM Sat., Aug. 13, 2011

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James Eugene McDonald, 86, passed away at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born Sept. 15, 1924 in Howard County to Mark and Ruth (Merrill) McDonald on the same Hoosier Homestead farm where he was currently living. He was married November 28, 1946 to Jane Oldfather.

He graduated from Clay Township (Howard County). Upon graduation he joined and served in the US Navy Seabees from 1943-1946. He served in France, New Caledonia and Japan. After serving his country he graduated from Purdue University with a bachelors of science in 1949 and received his master’s degree in 1955.

Jim was a lifelong educator. He taught at Western School Corporation for 18 years and Southeastern School Corporation for 19 years. He retired from teaching in 1986.

He was a member of the Galveston American Legion Post 415 and the Lions Club. He was also a member of Phi Delta Kappa as well as many local and state education organizations.

Surviving with his wife are his children; Rita (Dennis) Long, Galveston, Donald (Linda) McDonald, Carmel, Michael (Helen) McDonald, Galveston, and Mark (Karen) McDonald, Galveston; grandchildren, Jennifer Long, Briana Long, Kiel McDonald, Audrey (Paul) Spencer, Bryce McDonald, and Kaitlyn McDonald.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 13th at 11:30 am at Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston with Rev. Joel Surface and Rev. Warren Purcell officiating.  Burial will follow at the Galveston Cemetery.   Friends may call on Friday, August 12th from 4 - 8 pm at the funeral home and also from 10 am until service time on Saturday.  Memorial contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church of Galveston.

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Lisa Bowman-Gibbs
   Posted Thu August 11, 2011
Had Mr McDonald for Horticulture in 1980-1982 at Lewis Cass.He was a very gentle,well spoke of man.It was an honor to be taught by him.

Tracy Montgomery
   Posted Thu August 11, 2011

You and your family have my deepest sympathy.

What a man of great knowledge. Reading his obituary, he saw the world, and shared his journeys w/ student. I can only imagine the stories that he told and shared w/ his family, students and friends.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


Tracy Montgomery

Marianne Friel
   Posted Thu August 11, 2011
Jane and Family, My heart was deeply sadden to read about Jim''s passing. Since moving back to WV 7 years ago, I still strive to keep up with my friends from Galveston and 1st Baptist Church. I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come. God Bless..Marianne Friel

Sandy Tinsley
   Posted Thu August 11, 2011
Jane and family, I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I had not even heard that he had fallen. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you through these sad and tough times. He was a very nice and caring person. God Bless you all.

Jody Hostetler Tyler
   Posted Fri August 12, 2011
I am truly sorry for your family's loss. From reading the obituary it sounds like your husband/father was a very extraordinary man. I did not know him. I am writing to see if Donald went to Maconaquah Schools at anytime. I had a really good friend in jr high and had never seen the name Donald McDonald until this obituary. I am so sorry to ask this at a time like this but was just wondering. Will keep your family in my thoughts n prayers.

Gordon Lake
   Posted Fri August 12, 2011
I am sorry to read of Mr. McDonald's passing. I remember him well from my Ag classes at Western High School many years ago. He was a very good educator and well liked by all of us in his classes. The good ones always leave a lasting impression. My condolences to the family.

Gordon Lake WHS Class of 1957.

Sam Rhine
   Posted Fri August 12, 2011
So sorry to hear the news of Mr. McDonalds passing. He was my physics teacher at Western in 1963-64. Great teacher and a great gentleman! Our prayers are with the family.

Debra Burton Darland Gates
   Posted Sat August 13, 2011
So Sorry to hear the news of Mr McDonald passing. He was a wonderful,kind,caring,and thoughtful person. He was my horticulture teacher in high school and absolutely my favorite. He was always so nice and helpful to everyone. God certainly got an angel when he called Mac home. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family so sorry for your loss.

Susan Perry
   Posted Sat August 13, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. McDonald was a kind, gentle, great man! I think of him often, as I use what I learned from him every day in my life and love of plants!
I am sorry for your loss, but happy that you had such a great man in your lives.
If more people could be like him, the world would be a much better place!

Ray "Uncle Ray" Day
   Posted Sat August 13, 2011
Jane & Family;
It was with sadness that I heard of Mac's passing. He was a wondeful person to know not only as a teacher but also as a friend. I was in the class of 1955, and Mr McDanald was a very important teacher not only for me but for each and every one of the kids that attended that school. When someone passes from this life, I believe deep into my heart that they then reside in Heaven. I am sure that he is there now, looking down at all of you and saying "Thanks For The Memories". If there is anything that I can do to help any of you, just let me know. I wish that I could of attended his visitation and funeral, but illness in our family keeps me from doing that. Mac was a great teacher, a great person to know and a great friend that I will remember the rest of my life. Take care and be there for each other.
Ray Day {Class of 1955--Western High School}

Larry & Pat Isenburg
   Posted Sat August 13, 2011
Sorry to hear about Jim's passing. We enjoyed some interesting discussions at school over the years. Our condolences to the entire family.

Rick Foust
   Posted Sun August 14, 2011
Jane, Rita, Don, Mike, Mark and families,

It always seems too soon when a loved one passes, but we all have
a date to keep that we cannot debate. Jim was a very gentle soft spoken man
with kindness in his heart. I know that he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Mike Staublin
   Posted Sun August 14, 2011
Sorry to hear of your loss He is in a much better place. Your family is in my prayers

Fred Taylor
   Posted Sun August 21, 2011

You and your family have my most sincere condolences. I am very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. As a fellow American Legion member, Mac and his patriotism will be greatly missed.

Please tell Dennis I said hello, too

Denny Wright
   Posted Mon August 22, 2011
I'm really sorry to see Mr. McDonald's passing. He was my agriculture teacher thru 1960 at Western High School. He was an amazing teacher and human being. I always hoped that I would run into him after highschool but our paths never crossed again. I had the utmost respect for Mr. McDonald. My toughts and prayers are with the family.

Judy Riley
   Posted Thu September 01, 2011
So sorry to hear of Mr. McDonald's passing. He was a truly nice person with a gentle spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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