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Charles R. McDonald

May 23, 1927 — April 17, 2009

Charles R. McDonald, 81, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, April 17, at his Reid Hospital.


Charles was born May 23, 1927 on a farm east of Fountain City to John J. and Hazel (Gordon) McDonald. He lived in the Fountain City area most of his life, the last 57 years in the same home he remodeled.


Charles served in the US Army during World War Two and was a 1946 graduate of Fountain City High School. He attended Taylor University, Ball State University and IU East. Charles was united in an Easter marriage ceremony to the former Joyce Trew on March 25, 1951. Charles and his father worked together in construction for 10 years. He also was a Journeyman Pattern Maker at NATCO for 21 years and the former R.D. Pattern in Centerville for 10 years before he retired.


Charles was a faithful member of the Lynn Church of the Nazarene, serving on the Board for several years, as a Sunday School teacher, and with his wife as Youth Director for almost 20 years at the church. He was a lifetime faithful servant of God. He was a 30 year member of the Fountain City Volunteer Fire Department and served on the town board. He enjoyed remodeling and woodworking. He also loved all things mechanical and attended many shows dedicated to tractors, cars and steam engines.


Charles will be missed by his wife and round-the-clock caregiver, Joyce McDonald; brother-in-law, Bill Trew, of Fountain City; sister-in-law, Nancy Hill, of Winchester; nieces, Ruth Ann Fouse (Danny), of Winchester; Becky Zornes (Gary), of Seattle, Washington; Korie Trew, of Mazatlan, Mexico; nephews, David Hill (Brenda), and Tim Hill, all of Winchester; great-nieces and great-nephews, David (Anita Fouse, Lisa (David) Hayes, Stephanie Talbot, Chasity Hill, Josh Hill, Jessica Adcock and Jacob Hill. He also leaves very special friends Richard & Delores Lacey, Larry & Teresa Mosier, Bob & Gloria Witter, Jeff & Tammy Baker and Vic Nasby.


Charles was preceded in death by his parents 2 brothers, Gordon McDonald and Ralph McDonald; brother-in-law Vernie Hill and niece, Mary Joyce.


A graveside ceremony will be conducted by Pastor Tom Govin at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, in Willow Grove Cemetery.


No public visitation is planned.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Lynn Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 128, Lynn, Indiana 47355.

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