Michael Leroy McDonald

Michael Leroy McDonald

Michael Leroy McDonald
November 14, 1951 – March 10, 2020
What Cheer, Iowa | Age 68
Served With Honor ~ United States Military Veteran

Michael (Big Mike) McDonald, 68, of What Cheer, died Tuesday, March 10 at the Veterans Hospital in Iowa City.
Michael Leroy McDonald was born in Iowa City, Iowa on November 14, 1951, the son of Oscar and Opal Jackson McDonald.

Michael attended Tri-County High School and enlisted in the United States Navy on April 8, 1969. Michael served 1 year and 6 months on the USS Eldorado LCC-11 during the Vietnam Conflict. After his honorable discharge he returned home.

Michael was united in marriage to Cheryl Kay Krebs on June 22, 1974 at the Hilltop Chapel in What Cheer.

Over the years he worked at Vermeer and Clow Valve Company. He also worked as a truck driver for Manatt’s. Most of his working career he worked as a heavy equipment operator for Kaisers, Martin Marietta, and Doud Stone.

He enjoyed target shooting, camping, riding horses, good country music, whiskey coke, and above all doing most anything with his family and friends.

Michael is survived by his wife, Cheryl McDonald of What Cheer; a daughter, Carolyn (& Keith) Becker of What Cheer; a son, John (& Lacey) McDonald of Guernsey; six grandchildren: Brock Bellenger, Colton Rauch, Kaitlyn McDonald, Kylie Rauch, Karlee Bellenger and JJ McDonald; a brother in spirit, Frank (& Tammy) Pierce of Gibson; two brothers, Frank (& Sandy) McDonald of Barnes City and Richard McDonald of Porter, TX; four sisters: Betty Richburg of Parma, OH, Sue (& Joe) Durian of Oskaloosa, Alice Sherwood of Washington and Rose (& Robert) Pfannebecker of Webster; and a sister-in-law, Erma McDonald of Mt. Pleasant.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Brian Michael McDonald and Michael Patrick McDonald; four brothers: James, Carl, Joe and Jerry McDonald; two brothers-in-law, Dane Richburg and Terry Sherwood; and a sister-in-law, Marie McDonald.

A memorial service will be held and announced at a later date.
Interment will be held privately in the Sixteen Cemetery near Thornburg.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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