MARION, Iowa – Kenneth L. McDonald, 86, of Marion, formerly of Lyndon, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, following a short illness.
Born Oct. 9, 1931, in Orange Township in Knox County, he was the son of Murle Avery and Martha Ellen (Howarter) McDonald. He grew up in the Thomas-New Bedford-Tampico area. He was united in marriage to Dolores Joan Hayen on July 29, 1956, at Lyndon United Methodist Church. She preceded him in death on Nov. 28, 2014. He served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
Kenneth worked for John Deere for 20 years, retiring in 1993, and had previously worked for 10 years at General Electric Co. in Morrison. He was a member of the former Lyndon United Methodist Church, United Methodist Men, served as a lay speaker, and previously taught Sunday school for 20 years. Ken served as past trustee of Lyndon Township Cemetery, and was a member of the Prophetstown American Legion.
Those surviving include his children, Learl (Janine) McDonald of Mendota, Kathleen (Rick) Michael of Princeton, Marlene (Gordon) Booth of Marion, Iowa, and Neil (Pam) McDonald of Georgetown, Indiana; a nephew, Christopher; an uncle, Lyle McDonald of Morrison; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Verle.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, and the funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at McDonald Funeral Home, 46 Grove St. state Route 78 N., Prophetstown, with Pastor Janice Shaulis officiating. Burial will be at Lyndon Township Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank Garrett Place in Cedar Rapids and Winslow House in Marion for the compassionate care they provided.
A memorial has been established.