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Donald James McDonald

April 20, 1928 ~ November 8, 2018 (age 90)

Donald James McDonald, age 90, of Annandale, died Thursday, November 8, 2018, while under hospice at the Annandale Care Center knowing he was deeply loved.

Memorial Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 17, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Annandale with Rev. Dave Nelson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Burial with military honors will held at 11:00 am. on Monday, November 19, 2018 at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.

Donald James McDonald was born April 20, 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to James and Austia (Todd) McDonald. As a young boy, Don moved with his family to Sebeka, where he graduated high school in 1945. After his early graduation, Don honorably served his country at the age of 16 during WWII as a Merchant Marine and then after that, the Navy. Don was stationed in the Philippine Islands, as well as Iwo Jima. Upon his discharge, Don furthered his education at St. Cloud State where he obtained his bachelor’s degree. He then attended Dunwoody Institute for 2 years where he learned the trade of architectural drafting and estimating. Don went to work in sales for API Inc. for 5 years, before spending the next 29 ½ years as a self-employed general contractor for UNSCO, Inc. - On June 19, 1987, Don was united in marriage to Sandra Joanne Chevalier in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Don was a member of the Masons, Shriners, and Minneapolis Optimist Club. His hobbies included painting with water colors, playing the harmonica, and being active outdoors. Don was never one to shy away from social gatherings, whether it be with friends or family.

Don is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sandy of Annandale; children, Eileen Roloff of Spokane, WA, Lynn (Damon) Peterson of Blaine, Jon (Sandy) McDonald of Hovland, and Jim (Becky) McDonald of Bloomington; step-children, Jackie (Dave) Gonyea of Minnetonka and Paul (Sandie) Chevalier of Minnetonka; 19 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and other extended family members and friends. Don was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Wilbur.

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