John N. McDonough

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A memorial funeral Mass for John N. McDonough will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Kellogg, with the Rev. Monsignor Robert Meyer officiating. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by the Kellogg American Legion Post No. 546, the Wabasha American Legion Post No. 50 and the Burkhardt-Roemer VFW Post No. 4086. Family and friends may call at the church on Saturday one hour before the service.

John Nelson McDonough, 72, of Charlton, Mass., formerly of Kellogg, died peacefully Saturday, April 5, 2014, at his home after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born April 10, 1941, in Wabasha, the son of Bartley and Dorothy (Hawley) McDonough. He grew up on the family farm in Kellogg and graduated from St. Felix High School in Wabasha in 1959. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960-1969 and the Massachusetts Air National Guard for three years. He had a long career in purchasing with major area electronics and computer companies.

John was a natural storyteller, and he was known for his gregariousness and sense of humor. His many interests included his dogs and cats, gardening, reading, country music and the Boston Red Sox. He spent several years as a pet therapy volunteer for the elderly.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Julia McDonough, Charlton, Mass.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bart and Vivian McDonough, Kellogg, and Patrick and Connie McDonough, Elgin; sister, Elizabeth McDonough, Plymouth; and nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bartley and Dorothy McDonough; and his older sister, Caroline Bartlett.

Julia wishes to thank all of John's physical and spiritual healers, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers during this difficult, yet beautiful year. Special heartfelt gratitude goes out to David Farrar for helping John with his last garden, to Liz McDonough and Kathie Dugan for traveling from afar to care for John at home and to Viv McDonough for her help with the arrangements in Minnesota.

Memorials are preferred to , PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148, or

The Abbott Funeral Home of Wabasha is in charge of arrangements.   

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Abbott Funeral Home
236 W 2Nd St
Wabasha, MN 55981
(651) 565-3546
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Apr. 26, 2014
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