Fredrick Charles McDonald, age 80, of Brooklyn, passed away Monday, October 3, 2016, at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 7, 2016, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn with Fr. Corey Close officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, October 6, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. There will be a scripture service at 7:00 p.m. A memorial fund has been established.
Fred is survived by his children Mary (Alan) Klein of Ladora, Michael (DeeDee) McDonald of Malcom, Phyllis (Terry) Morris of Malcom, LeeAnn McDonald (Mark Innis) of Grinnell and Eric “Moose” McDonald of Brooklyn; nine grandchildren Carrie (Matt) Steinmetz of Victor, Jennifer (Matt) Boyer of Pasco, WA, Michael R. (Kandi) McDonald of Deep River, Matthew McDonald of Malcom, Samantha McDonald (Michael Boyd) of Brooklyn, Justin Morris (Kourtney VanWyk) of Grinnell, Stephanie Morris (Greg Beatty) of Grinnell, Robert (Melissa) McDonald of Brooklyn, Jason (Heather) Gire of Cedar Rapids; twelve great-grandchildren John Steinmetz, Brian Steinmetz, Kymber Boyer, Kamden Boyer, Ava Morris, Kolton Gire, Adelyn McDonald, Braden McDonald, Lane McDonald, Maci Morris, Peyton Gire and Kameron Gire; also surviving, a brother Robert (Pat) McDonald of Creston, CA and a sister Ruth Airey of Oxford. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mary in 2010; two daughters JoEllen and LuAnn McDonald in infancy; and his brother Lou McDonald.
Fred C. McDonald was born June 16, 1936, in Malcom, the son of Vernon and Frances McDonald. He graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1954. Following graduation, Fred began working for Manatt’s as a diesel mechanic for many years. He was united in marriage to Mary Louise Bazyn on October 4, 1957, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn. Fred helped the Brooklyn Auxiliary Police Dept. with weekend patrol at various events. In 1992, he received the Governors Life Saving Award. He enjoyed fishing, camping, bowling, bird watching, tinkering and making all sorts of various items, and watching wildlife out his window. Fred was a man of few words, but many talents. He loved spending time and doing anything with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.