Melvin McDonald Obituary

Melvin J. McDonald
Melvin McDonald
Melvin J. McDonald

September 23, 1916 - March 24, 2009
Born in Cedar Rapids, IA
Resided in West Des Moines, IA
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Melvin J. McDonald, 92, died on March 24, 2009 at Manor Care in West Des Moines.

Funeral Services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Douglas Avenue Presbyterian Church of which he was a member, 4601 Douglas Ave., Des Moines. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday at West Linn Cemetery in Linden, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Mac was born in Cedar Rapids and had lived in Urbandale since 1968. He had been a teacher, coach and administrator but most recently was a PE teacher for the Des Moines Public Schools until his retirement in 1979. He was a US Army WWII veteran, member of the VWF Post #9127 and the Hawkeye State Chapter of the Battle of the Bulge. Mac was a graduate of the University of Dubuque where he played football, basketball and ran track. In 2003, "Sweat Pea" McDonald was inducted into the University of Dubuque Hall of Fame. Mac enjoyed athletics, politics and his family. He was a Chicago Cubs, NY Yankees and the University of Iowa Hawkeye fan. He was a loyal caregiver to his wife for many years. He gave his time to elementary school students for many years by taking them to the Drake Relays.

He will be missed by his children, Ken (Karen) of St. Petersburg, FL, Kevin (Jan) of Omaha, NE and Michelle (Craig) Rees of Urbandale, IA; grandchildren, Todd, Kristen, Jeff, John, Jimmy, Krysta and Kim and his great-grandchildren, Kara, Lauren, Trey and Kaden. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Corrinne in 1998.

Memorial donations may be made to his church or the University of Dubuque Athletic Department.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, March 27, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Douglas Avenue Presbyterian Church
4601 Douglas Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Saturday, March 28, 2009
10:00 AM
West Linn Cemetery
Linden, IA
Saturday, March 28, 2009
1:30 PM


University of Dubuque Athletic Department
2000 University Avenue
Dubuque, IA US 52001