The Ottumwa Courier


August 1, 2013

John McDonald

ALBIA — John C. McDonald, 89, of Albia, passed from this world July 31, 2013, under the care of Monroe County Hospice at Monroe County Hospital in Albia.

John was born Aug. 18, 1923, to Frank and Verla (Mahin) McDonald in Lovilia. He married Mary Hayworth Nov. 29, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas.

John grew up and attended school in Melrose. He was a member of the “Greatest Generation” and served his country bravely during World War II. He attained the rank of sergeant in the 503rd Military Police Battalion; Company B of General Patton’s Third Army and toured throughout Europe. After returning home, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural letter carrier. He also farmed and was a meat cutter.

He was a longtime member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus.

John is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary of Albia; five children, Shirley (Jim) Jackovich of Des Moines, Judy McDonald of Elgin, Ill., Joseph (Kathryn) McDonald of Cottage Grove, Wis., Kathleen (Martin) Hull of Blakesburg and Mike McDonald of Albia; five grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Walter (Christine) McDonald of Nevada, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Edward, James, Bill, Joe and Tommy McDonald; and two sisters, Margaret Tarbell and Evelyn Scott.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albia; with Fr. Michael E. Volkmer C.PP.S. officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Albia with military rites provided by the American Legion of Albia, Lovilia and Melrose.

Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at Tharp Funeral Home in Albia with John’s family present from 4-6 p.m. A rosary will be led at 4 p.m. by Knights of Columbus Council #4167, with a Christian wake service immediately following.

Memorials may be directed to the Welcome Home Soldier Memorial.

Condolences may be left for the family at

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