Kenneth L. McDonald

  • Born: October 9, 1931
  • Died: January 1, 2018
  • Location: Marion, Iowa

McDonald Funeral Home

46 Grove Street
Route 78 N
Prophetstown, IL 61277

Tel. (815) 537-5544

Tribute & Message From The Family

Kenneth L. McDonald, 86, of Marion, Iowa, formerly of Lyndon, died Monday, January 1, 2018 at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, following a short illness.

Born October 9, 1931 in Orange Township, Knox County, Illinois, he was the son of Murle Avery and Martha Ellen (Howarter) McDonald. He grew up in the Thomas/New Bedford/Tampico area. He was united in marriage to Dolores Joan Hayen on July 29, 1956 at Lyndon United Methodist Church in Lyndon. She preceded him in death on November 28, 2014. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

Kenneth worked for John Deere for 20 years, retiring in 1993, and had previously worked for General Electric in Morrison for 10 years. He was a member of the former Lyndon United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Men, served as a Lay Speaker and previously taught Sunday school for 20 years. Ken served as past trustee of Lyndon Township Cemetery and was a member of the Prophetstown American Legion.

Those surviving include his children, Learl (Janine) McDonald of Mendota, Kathleen (Rick) Michael of Princeton, Marlene (Gordon) Booth of Marion, Iowa and Neil (Pam) McDonald of Georgetown, Ind.; a nephew Christopher; an uncle, Lyle McDonald of Morrison; 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and a brother Verle.

Visitation will be on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 9:30-11 AM at McDonald Funeral Home, 46 Grove St. Illinois 78 N, Prophetstown. The funeral will be at 11 AM Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor Janice Shaulis, officiating. Burial will be at Lyndon Township Cemetery. The family wishes to thank Garrett Place in Cedar Rapids and Winslow House in Marion for the compassionate care they provided. A memorial has been established.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Uncle Ken was so sweet all the years we came to visit our grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles in Lyndon. I loved going to the McDonald's for Thanksgiving, Christmas and summers. I will miss Uncle Ken's smile and hugs. I know he is in heaven with Aunt Delores now. Love and hugs to all my cousins. I know they will miss him.
Sherrie Hayen Robinson
Round Rock, Tx

Posted by Sherrie Robinson - Round Rock, TX - Family   January 05, 2018

I am so very sorry to hear of Ken's passing. He was a such a loving person and always quick with a smile and a joke when I saw him. I always enjoyed talking with him and remember some very nice times in his company.

Posted by Connie Swanson-DeSpain - Morrison, IL - Family Friend   January 04, 2018


Sympathy and prayers to the family.

Posted by Beth Petersen - Prophetstown, IL - Friend   January 03, 2018


I knew Ken my entire life, always liked him and respected him. He was my Boy Scout leader and I grew up with children. My thoughts are with all his family. Know that he will be missed, and this world is a better place because he was in it.

Posted by Neil Johnson - Lyndon, IL - Family Friend   January 03, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. He was a wonderful, giving, faithful man who served so many others in many ways. There was never anything he would not do for his church or anyone else in need. He was loved by his community (Lyndon) and his church (Lyndon UMC) and his neighbors, and the Walk to Emmaus Community - not to mention being a pillar of an annual youth church camp - JOY Camp where he exemplified patience and love to thousands of kids over many years. I remember well his laugh, that sometimes came at unexpected times as he did not always hear things very well, but it did not matter because it was so genuine. And the quick to come tears he blamed on some brain medical history, but anyone who knew him knew that it was his tender heart and love for God providing daily blessings that teared him up. And Ken was as aware of God in his everyday life as anyone I have ever known. He has already been missed, but we pray for peace and comfort fulfilled in the arms of his Savior - who Kenny knew so well.

Posted by Paul Nolden - Cape Neddick, ME - Friend   January 03, 2018