MOUNT VERNON — Carl L. McDonald, 80, of Bishop Road, Mount Vernon, passed away Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born April 22, 1931, in Knox County, Ohio, to the late Arthur and Irene (Carter) McDonald. Carl worked as a logger before joining the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. While serving for his country, Carl was wounded during combat. Almost 50 years later, Carl was awarded the Purple Heart from Gov. Ted Strickland in special ceremony in Columbus.
After completing his military duty, Carl returned home to marry his sweetheart, Zondra Bevington, on Feb. 27, 1954. Carl continued to work in the lumber business with a partner, until 1977 when he started McDonald Logging Co. with his family. It was these three things that fulfilled Carl’s life — his wife, his children and working in the woods. You could still find Carl at the age of 74 still running the chain saw, driving the log truck and helping run the business. He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends, but he is together again with his loving wife, Zondra.
He is survived by two sons, Daniel (Katy) McDonald of Mount Vernon, Roger (Yvonne) McDonald of Mount Vernon; three daughters, Sharon (Daniel) McFarland of Mount Vernon, Joanna (Dave) Park of Centerburg and Pamela (Terry) Hissong of Mount Vernon; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Robert (Alice) McDonald of Loudonville, Charlie (Shaila) McDonald of Fredericktown, Darrell (Karen) McDonald of Fredericktown, Glenn (Kay) McDonald of Mount Vernon and Neil (Patty) McDonald of Utica; four sisters, Marcina McFadden of Danville, Marcella Graham of Walhonding, Kathleen Hunter of Mount Vernon and Joyce McDonald of Mount Vernon.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Zondra (Bevington) McDonald (July 18, 2010); two brothers, Lewis McDonald and Edward McDonald.
Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, where a funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. Pastor Fred Shoemaker will be officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council and his grandson Kyle Berry, will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Carl L. McDonald.
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