Born 1-20-1913 -- Died 11-10-2003
George E. McDonald, 90, of Story City, Iowa, died peacefully on Nov. 10, 2003, at the Israel Family Hospice located in Ames, Iowa of natural causes.
Born January 20, 1913, in Helena, Mont., he was raised in Coggon, Iowa. He was a graduate of Coggon High School, class of 1931. He attended Iowa State University. He lived in Waterloo, Dubuque, and Cedar Falls, Iowa. He retired to Cherokee Village, Ark., and resided his last years in Story City, Iowa He married Janet Henderson in 1936; she died in 1996.
He began his career with John Deere Tractor Works in 1936 and worked until his retirement on Nov. 7, 1975. During his career, George was instrumental in the development of the first John Deere diesel engine as used in the Model R tractor (marketed in 1949) and continuing through to the change from 2-cylinder tractors to the 4- and 6-cylinder diesels of today. In 1972 he transferred to the newly formed John Deere OEM Sales Division as Western United States Zone Manager until retirement.
He was a Mason, a Shriner, and a member of the Elks Club. He was an Eagle Scout, a Scout Leader in the 40's, and served in the Naval Reserve as a Lt. Commander. George was an accomplished violinist, singer, pianist, organist and an avid golfer.
George led a caring life, always a gracious host, giving to others whenever the possibility arose, and extending his hand to those in need through his work with the Shriners. His one line sense of humor was with him until the last days of his life.
Survivors include five sons -- Craig (Vicki) of Ivins, Utah, Kent (Carol) of Cross Plains, Wis., Paul (Marlys) of Washburn, Iowa, Gary (Lynn) of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Donald (Lydia) of Little Rock, Ark.; and one daughter, Deborah (Tim) Mortvedt of Story City, Iowa; 15 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a brother, Myron of Warner Robbins, Ga., and two half-sisters Bethel Lowe of Lebanon, Mo., and Eileen Wright of Rogers, Ark.
He was preceded in death by; three sisters -- Elizabeth, Virginia, and Dorothy.
After cremation, a memorial service will be held at Zion Presbyterian Church in Coggon, IA at 3:00 PM on November 28th, 2003 with Inurnment following at the Coggon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in the name of George E. McDonald.