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“So sorry for your loss! He was a awesome guy! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! ”
1 of 27 | Posted by: Debra Austin - Rock Falls

“Joe and family Michelle and I are so for sorry your loss. Your dad is on to his new journey with the Nelson gang. Our greatest pain is the loss of a...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Thomas and Michelle Frank - IL

“My thoughts and prayers are with you, Joe, and your entire family during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy and friendship, Dianne Behrens &...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Dianne Behrens - Morrison, IL

“Sorry for the loss of your father.Prayers are being sent to you and your sisters. ”
4 of 27 | Posted by: Teresa & Charlie Ortiz - Sterling, IL

“Going to miss seeing Joe taking his walls. He always asked about each family member by name. Don't know how he could remember all their names. Joe...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Cyndi Brockman - Nelson, IL

“Until we meet again7A ”
6 of 27 | Posted by: June Sullivan - Fort myers, FL

“Joe and Family,. I'm sorry for your lost and that I'm unable to attend your Dad's visitation. I'll always remember Joe walking through the Nelson...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Greg & Phyllis Lutyens - IL

“Sorry for your loss Joe, Gina & Carla!Will keep you all in our prayers. ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Phil & Darlene Eckland - Morrison, IL

“So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all the McDonald family. ”
9 of 27 | Posted by: Royce and Sandra Skinner - Lyndon, IL

“I and River always enjoyed your company and talks and life advice when you would stop and check on us during your daily walks. You will be missed...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Christy Janssen - Sterl;ing, IL

“So sorry Joe the Mold is Broken never be another like him. ”
11 of 27 | Posted by: Judy Repass - Fort Myers, FL

“Our profound condolences on your loss. Russ and I are going to miss seeing Joe out on his walks or sitting in his swing chair. He always had a kind...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Melissa & Russ Thompson - Nelson, IL

“So sorry for your loss ”
13 of 27 | Posted by: Judy Bodmer

“My condolences to Joe and all the family. I remember him from the E 8th neighborhood where you grew up. May your memories of your dad bring you...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Debi Burke - Riverside, IL

“Joe and family, I am sorry to hear about your dad!! Our condolences to you and your family during this very difficult time!! Thoughts and prayers go...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Delissa Rickert - West Allis, WI

“Oh my so sorry to see this Joey the mold is broken ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: Judy Repass - Fort myers, FL

“My deepest sympathy to the entire family. May God bless you with peace and comfort in your time of grief and loss. ”
17 of 27 | Posted by: Linda VanDerLeest - Geneseo, IL

“Thoughts and prayers for the entire family. Although I did not know your father after reading his obituary and knowing some of you,he passed on his...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Annette Van Landuit

“I met Joe years ago when he was doing some plumbing on our house we were building. What a wonderful and caring gentleman.He always had a smile on...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Betty Bell - Sterling, IL

“Jeremy and I are so sorry to hear about Joe's passing. He definitely was one of a kind. We are really going to miss to miss visiting with him....Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Jill Pribble - Nelson, IL

“Nelson won't be the same without Joe here. So very sorry. He always had a smile and a wave! ”
21 of 27 | Posted by: Chuck and Ann Devers - Nelson, IL

“So sorry Joe for your loss...I use to live next to your dad in Nelson when I was growing up.. He took me for a ride in his motorcycle one time.. I...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Jewel Rolen - Sterling, IL

“Joey my deepest sympathy with the passing of Joe "cookie" always one of my favorite Nelson people.. ”
23 of 27 | Posted by: Shawn Eshleman - Dixon, IL

“Sorry to hear of your dads passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
24 of 27 | Posted by: Linda Dowell - Sterling, IL

“I loved him dearly! And he will be dearly missed at the wound center... ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: Lindsay Strehlow - Sterling, IL

“Joe was such a great man. He will be missed by many. I loved seeing him in church every Saturday night. ”
26 of 27 | Posted by: Doug and Lorie Buhler - IL

“My condolences to the McDonald family. ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: Alice Beveroth - Morrison, IL


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NESLON, IL – Joseph C. McDonald, 80 of Nelson died April 24, 2018.

Our dad was born on December 3, 1937 in Rock Falls, the son of Clarence J. "Bun" and Josephine M. (Genz) McDonald. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Nelson, his mother's home town which became his lifelong home. He attended Nelson Grade School and was a 1955 graduate of Community Catholic High School in Sterling. While in high school, he excelled in football, basketball and track and was recognized, awarded and earned nomination to the All-Conference lineup. As a teen he life guarded at the former Butler Lake in Nelson and during the summer months baled hay and did other odd jobs to earn money. From an early age, his love of the outdoors and nature was in his genetic make-up and continued well into his later years. He followed alongside his late uncle Charlie Moats where he was taught the skills of being a great trapper and learned to skin, stretch and prepare hides for the fur buyer each spring. He enjoyed squirrel and duck hunting, rabbit hunting each fall, as well as in the summer fishing and running bank lines in the slough near his home in Nelson. He trapped until early 2000 when his ability to walk the fields became more difficult. As a teen he bought and old Indian motorcycle and continued riding motorcycles until the late 1980s. He enlisted in the US Army under the buddy plan and served two years in Germany.

On February 12, 1962 he married the former Silvana Salvatori at St. Andrew Church in Rock Falls. He began his working career with the former Chicago and Northwestern Railway in Nelson having worked on the B & B gang and the section gang leaving there after 10 years. In 1965, he then took on a job at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling in the Galvanizer Dept. Working indoors was not for him, and his love of the outdoors and trains, got him a position in the scrap yard at the Mill and he became a railroad switchman; a job he loved. A serious work accident at the Mill in 1974 nearly cost him his life and was off work for over a year. But he returned back to his switchman job at the Mill and worked until another serious accident in 1988 forced him to retire. For many years he worked as an IHSA official at football and basketball games with his "team" of Paul Timmons, John Sheppard, Paul Gallentine, Charlie Anderson and Glen Genz. He even umpired for a number of years little league games. He was a good carpenter, having built several homes and worked in helping to frame and build the funeral home during its construction in 1994.

He was always a supporter of his children's lives and dreams. From attending basketball games, passing out political fliers, making yard signs, to just being there as a dad…. He was always a fixture in and about his town of Nelson. He would walk several miles daily, picking wild asparagus, raspberries, black berries and of course discarded aluminum cans. Through his travels he collected a lot of stuff often thrown out along the highways of life…. He had a hideaway, a primitive roof over his head near Chetek, WI that he would get away to each summer to avoid the high humidity here in Northern Illinois. There he would fish and just be one with nature. He lived a simple life; always just blending in to the back ground never wanting to be in the lime light. He worked hard and provided for his children. He was a true role model and an inspiration on how to lead by example, never giving up despite the years of pain and suffering he endured as a result of his injuries. Yet never complained. He taught his children the need for deep faith in God, the value of a man's word and a man's name, hard work, grit with determination toward the goal and saving one pennies. He was a devoted and faithful member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls.

Survivors include his two daughters: Gina A. Murphy of Mukwonago, WI and Carla (Ronald) Griffin of Aurora, IL; his son, Joseph P. McDonald of Rock Falls; his four grandchildren: Taylor Murphy and Courtney Murphy both of Mukwonago, WI; Greer Griffin and Grayson Griffin of Aurora, IL; his brother, Robert (Cathy) McDonald of Rock Falls; his nephew Ryan (Jennifer) McDonald and his niece Heather (Kevin) Wolford; his uncle Robert McDonald of Rock Falls; his aunt Marilyn Genz; his cousins: Susan Cassens, Hilary Herbon, Tom Genz, Olivia Wade, Lee Genz, LeRoy Godshall, Kevin Godshall, Stephen Genz and Larry McDonald.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his uncles, Earl Genz, LeRoy Genz, Glen Genz, Warren Genz, Clayton "Fez" McDonald, Harold McDonald, and Raymond "Cy" McDonald; his aunts Gertrude Anderson and Catherine Hazel McDonald; his cousins Cindy Lasiter, Michael Genz and Kenny Godshall.
Visitation will be held on Sunday April 29, 2018 from 12 – 3 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Monday at 10 AM at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls, with the Reverend Richard M. Russo, Pastor and the Reverend Richard Kramer co-officiating. Burial will conclude at Nelson Cemetery.

Memorials in his memory to Newman Central Catholic High School; St. Andrew Grade School and Church.

Our family, with heartfelt gratitude, wishes to acknowledge dad's dedicated friend Rick Moeller, for the timeless hours and visits he spent with dad; to Dr. Michael Galle and all the staff at the CGH Wound center for the many years of delicate care, compassion and understanding they had for dad. Dr Galle, you allowed our dad to live his life without intrusion or judgment and to allow his final days to be with dignity and peace; and to Rock River Hospice and Home for their outstanding

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