John R. McDonald

Born: Thu., Mar. 1, 1951
Died: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Tue., Oct. 29, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

6:00 PM Tue., Oct. 29, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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John R. “Huck” McDonald, age 68, of Pittsfield, IL passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield.  He was born on March 1, 1951 in Timewell, IL to John and Ethel “Fay” Smith McDonald.  He married Eva Cawthon on September 24, 1977 in Barry, IL and she preceded him in death on May 28, 2018.

John attended school in Pittsfield.  He worked as a farmhand and then became a truck driver.  He worked for various places including Sharkey Transportation, Dot Foods, Carnes Trucking, Callender’s, and as an owner and operator for Langer’s.  He eventually retired due to his health.  John enjoyed watching Hee Haw and the Grand Ole Opry, and loved country music.  He also enjoyed a good bottle of whiskey.  In earlier years, he liked taking the kids with him in his truck for work, and he and Eva enjoyed riding motorcycles.  Most of all, John loved spending time with his grandchildren and he was a very witty, loyal and family oriented man.

He is survived by his sons, Jimmy (Morgan) McDonald of Littleton, IL, Robert (Terry) Smith of Peoria, AZ, Doug (Tami) McDonald of Pittsfield, IL, and Mark (Amy) McDonald of Barry, IL; a daughter, Becky McDonald of Belleville, IL; eleven grandchildren, Austin Mason, Courtney Mason, Dustin Mason, Mark McDonald, Jr., Tyler McDonald, Madison Moore, DaeLyn McDonald, Gavyn McDonald, Sam (Johie) Hetrick, Eli Norton, and Mark Norton; a great grandchild, Brysenn Deitzman; sisters, Sharon “Kay” (Jerry) Dickey of New Braunfels, TX, Evelyn Terrell of Chatham, IL and Letha (Alan) Dunn of Hobbs, New Mexico; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva McDonald; his parents, John and Ethel “Fay” McDonald; granddaughter, Grace McDonald; brother, Jerry McDonald; sisters, Donna Brown and Doris Bose; and brother-in-law, Bill Terrell.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 6:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.  Visitation will be held prior to the service on Tuesday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family c/o Niebur Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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Pastor Sam Stringer
   Posted Thu October 24, 2019
Prayers for the family through this time. Our church (First Baptist Church of Littleton) is praying for you all as well.

Psalms 62:1 - My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.

Dennis and Cindy Williamson
   Posted Thu October 24, 2019
Dear Jim and family,

Sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Our deepest sympathy and prayers for you all as you grieve his departure from this life. We know that he will be missed by you.

Dennis and Cindy

Joe & Edith Johnson
   Posted Thu October 24, 2019
Our deepest condolences to Robert & family.

Melanie Geisendorfer
   Posted Mon October 28, 2019
I've delivered meals to John every Friday for several months. He always came to the door with a smile. He will be missed.

Terry and Patti Allen
   Posted Tue October 29, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to the whole family in the loss of your father. Our prayers are with you that His love will comfort you.

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