Oliver "Lowell" McDonald

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Oliver "Lowell" McDonald Battle Creek Oliver "Lowell" McDonald, 88, of Battle Creek died peacefully on Sunday, December 23, 2012 with his loving family at his side. He was born November 26, 1924 in Montery, Tennessee the son of Oliver "Claude" and Viola E. (Qualls) McDonald. He grew up in Livingston, Tennessee until moving with his family to Battle Creek. A Purple Heart recipient, Lowell faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1943 to 1946. Lowell retired from General Motors in 1993 after more than 26 years of service. Lowell was a lifetime member of Battle Creek Lodge #12 F&AM, the UAW Local #1666 and the DAV (Disabled American Veterans). A very loving and giving man, Lowell had a huge heart for people. He truly loved helping others and throughout his life, he never met a stranger. A true family man, he enjoyed spending time and sharing a good meal with his family. A lifelong lover of travelling, he also enjoyed watching all types of racing, gardening, roller skating and bowling and for many years bowled in many different leagues. Lowell married Margaret M. "Marie" Wildie at the First Congregational Church in Battle Creek on June 7, 1953; she sadly preceded him in death on September 21, 2010. He is survived by his children, Linda (Mike) Jones of Washington and formerly of Battle Creek, Cindy Evans of Battle Creek; Brenda (Bob) Soeters of Holland, Steve McDonald of Washington and Connie (Todd) Benjamin of Hastings; his grandchildren, Heather (Rich) Dubay, Holli (Stephen) Linton, Kristopher (Jessica) Jones; Miranda Jones, Brandon Benjamin, Tyler Benjamin, Kristen Soeters, Jessica Soeters and Austin Soeters; 7 great-grandchildren and 2 step great-grandchildren. Lowell was also preceded in death by his parents and 3 sisters, Gladys Hargis, Beatrice Puyear and Vera Fales. At the request of the family, they will receive friends 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 30, 2012 at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home where a Masonic Service will be held at 5:00 p.m., Sunday. Funeral services to celebrate Lowell's life will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 31, 2012 at the funeral home with Rev. Brad Smith of Grace Community Church, officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Memorials directed to the Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence or the would be appreciated. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Lowell may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Dec. 29, 2012
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