The Ottumwa Courier

May 20, 2013

Ernest McDonald

Ottumwa Courier

---- — OTTUMWA — Ernest Carol "Mac" McDonald, 88, of Bettendorf and formerly of Ottumwa, died May 17, 2013, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus in Davenport after an accidental head injury.

Mac was born on April 19, 1925, in Greenville, Ky., the son of Louis and Mildred (Whitescarver) McDonald. He was raised on the family farm with his siblings, Mabrey, Josie and David.

On June 8, 1946, at Sacred Heart Church in Ottumwa, he married Donna Marie Stump. Mac and Donna enjoyed 66 years of wonderful marriage. Mac served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following his discharge from the Navy, he returned to Ottumwa and was employed by John Deere. During his time at John Deere, Mac held various positions, working his way up to manager of reliability. He retired in 1982 after 36 years of service. During his working career, he obtained his bachelor's degree in business from Upper Iowa University.

While in Ottumwa, Mac was involved in many local community and private organizations. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as a board member for Walsh Catholic Schools and Saint Joseph Hospital. Mac volunteered countless hours as a coach for his children's teams. He was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast. As a golfer, he won numerous city and private golf tournaments and continued to enjoy this sport until his death. He never missed an opportunity to participate, watch or give advice on a sporting event. Mac was passionate about politics and always enjoyed a good debate.

Mac and Donna moved to the Quad Cities in 1996. They had numerous friends in Ottumwa and the Quad Cities. He will be remembered for his generous heart, hard-working ethics and moral values. Mac was a wonderful husband to the love of his life and brought much joy to his family. Grandpa Mac will be missed by us all.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Donna; his sons and their wives, Mike and Gayle McDonald of Williamsburg, Va., and Joe and Darcy McDonald, of Horicon, Wis.; his daughter and her husband, Mary and Terry Nelson of Bettendorf; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Josie (Charles) Owsley of Bowling Green, Ky.; and one brother, David McDonald of Bardstown, Ky.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mabrey; and a sister-in-law.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held earlier this week at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bettendorf. Burial is at Rock Island National Cemetery.

Mac's family would like to extend their appreciation and gratitude to the physicians, nurses and staff of the West Campus of Genesis Medical Center for the wonderful care given to him during his final days.

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