In Memory of

James 'Jim' H. McDonald

July 4, 1944 - March 15, 2012
James Henry McDonald, Jr., the son of Alma (Smith) and Jim McDonald, was born on July 4, 1944, in Des Moines, IA. He graduated from Knoxville, IA High School in 1962. He later graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA in 1967. Jim married the love of his life, Linda Menke, on December 21, 1968. They were blessed with two children, Mike and Jill. They made their home in Anthon, IA, where Jim taught school at Anthon-Oto High School from 1967 through 1974. They moved to Cherokee, and Jim went to work at Tyson Foods in Cherokee until his retirement in 2007. He loved woodworking and refinishing old furniture. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, and also enjoyed fishing, playing cards, coaching baseball and attending his grandchildren's sporting events. He deeply loved his family and his church. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his loving wife Linda, in 2007. He is survived by his two children, Mike McDonald and his wife Susy of Ankeny, IA and Jill Johnston and her husband Neal of Cleghorn, IA four grandchildren: Taylor, Trista, Emma, and Jack; four brothers: Bill and his wife Diane of Knoxville, IA, Jack and his wife Diane of Milo, MO, Tony and his wife Patty of Pleasantville, IA; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, March 19, 2012 at the Meriden Evangelical Free Church in Meriden.
Pastor Larry Ostercamp
Gene Fischer Roger Smith Cale Kendrick Matthew Kendrick Tim McDonald Jim Harman
Visitation will begin at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Sunday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Oak Hill Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa


Friday, March 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Jill and Mike, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Stefanie Ann Williamson (Meyer)
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Jill and Mike and kids,
I am so sorry to hear about your dad and grandfather. Uncle Jim was always a kind and loving figure in my life; so much more so in yours. I am certain he is in a wonderfull place with Aunt Linda and watching over youall from there. ”
- John "Hawkeye" Gates
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Mike, and the McDonald family; sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers and peace be over you all. God Bless ”
- Brant Ludwig
Monday, March 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to hear of Jim's passing, him and his brothers are cousins whom I always liked and looked up to.”
- Bradley E. Smith
Monday, March 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Jill and Mike and families, We were so sorry to hear of your Dad's death but know how sad he has been since Linda's death. We would have definitely been at the funeral but are in New Mexico. Now your Mom and Dad are together and happy again. Our thoughts are with you. ”
- Clint & Marlene Kelly
Monday, March 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“My family sends our heartfelt condolences to Mike and Jill, as well as all the family. I wish I could be there today, praying you find comfort in the fact he's at peace and with Linda now. Love to you all”
- Holly (Menke) Salsman
Monday, March 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“You were taken by God too soon, but I take comfort in the fact that you are rejoicing with Jesus and reuniting with Linda. Tell her hi for me. I'll miss you!”
- Elizabeth Ross
Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this tough time. If there is anything you need, please let us know. ”
- Sonny Herman & Family
Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of Jim's death. The Class of 62 sends it's condolences. Rest in peace Jim............”
- Jerri (Wolfe) Uitermarkt
Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“We love you and will miss you Jim-I will miss our phone conversations-you are at peace and with Linda-give her my love!!!”
- Shirley R Einerwold
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