In loving memory of

John Joseph McDonald
February 26, 1929 - March 11, 2014

John J. McDonald, 85, of Fort Dodge passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2013 at the Marion Home.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel of Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home with Msgr. Kevin McCoy officiating. Burial will be at a later date in St. John's Cemetery in Emmetsburg. Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home and on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home.
John is survived by his longtime companion and friend Irma McMahon of Fort Dodge; sons, John (Cassie) McDonald of Des Moines and Patrick McDonald of Chicago; daughter, Sharon (Dave) Wilson of Bella Vista, AR; 7 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Mary (Tom) Trusty of Ankeny.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Veronica (Ruddy) McDonald; son, Tim McDonald; and sister, Catherine Engler.
John J. McDonald was born February 26, 1929 in Emmetsburg, IA. He attended Corpus Christi High School in Fort Dodge and graduated in 1947. He then continued his education at a junior college and also completed a year at the University of Iowa. John was stationed on the U.S.S. Missouri Battle Ship in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from January of 1951 until October of 1954. In 1959, he moved back to Fort Dodge and joined his father in the family business called McDonald's Motors. John later worked in sales at Levien Chevrolet which later became Krantz Chevrolet. He worked there for 20 years before he retired in 1992. John was a member of the Holy Trinity Church.
Memorials may be left in discretion to the family.


Louise Knight Picchione wrote on May 8, 2021:

"Think of you often...our friend Jack McGowan passed away in N.Attleboro of the places you also were when on leave...RIP both of you having fun I am sure... "

louise Knight Picchione wrote on Jul 10, 2018:

"Think of you often friend."

louise Picchione wrote on Jan 3, 2018:

"A good memory from many many years ago ...."

LouiseKnight Picchione wrote on Jul 15, 2016:

"I am sure this is the John McDonald I knew who was in the navy...He was a very nice person and to this day remember him with fondness"

Jean McGough Severson wrote on Mar 12, 2014:

"John and Family - may your memories of your Dad bring you comfort and ease your sorrow at this time. Keeping you all in our prayers."

Mark Ostbloom, Louisville, KY wrote on Mar 12, 2014:

"John worked with my Uncle Elmer at Leviens. They were good friends. I rememebr John as always being friendly but never missed an opportunity to give me a hard time. Good memories! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. "

Sharon McDonald-Wilson wrote on Mar 11, 2014:

"When I was little and I got sick, Dad would always bring me home a chocolate malt, Chocolate Malts have always reminded me of my Dad. My dad is in a better place, no pain, no suffering. Today he walks with my brother Tim. Love you Daddy."