John "Jack" R. MacDonald, 87, of Marinette passed away on Friday, February 7, 2014, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay. He was born on November 14, 1926, to the late Ralph and Ferol (Valley) MacDonald in Minneapolis, Minn.
He attended Peshtigo High School and won many boxing championships for the school. In 1944, Jack joined the Navy and went on to serve his country during World War II on the LST 937 in the Pacific Theater. He loved going to the LST reunions that were held. On July 26, 1947, Jack married Leatrice "Sis" Hebert at St. Joseph's Church in Marinette. He had worked for Badger Paper Mill for 32 years, retiring in 1989. After his retirement he went back to work in Maintenance at the Marinette Middle School, where he enjoyed each day. Jack was a member of Holy Family Parish and the Catholic Central Men's Athletic Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time at the cabin with the crew, traveling with family, watching sports, and talking and getting to know people. But one of his biggest loves was following his children and grandchildren's sporting events.
John is survived by his wife of 66 years, Leatrice "Sis"; three sons: Robert (Brinda) McDonald of Haines City, Fla., Donald (Shari) McDonald of Peshtigo, and Brian (fiancé, Carolyn) McDonald of Evansville; two daughters: Dawn (Gary) Polzin of Marinette and Deb (Catherine) McDonald of Plover; sister-in-law, Claudette McDonald of Butler, Wis.; 11 grandchildren: Wendy, Lisa, Nicole, Nathan, Kimberly, Jessie, Ryan, Jasen, Bradley, Max, and Alex; and five great-grandchildren: Connor, Cameron, Brandon, Ayden, and Addison. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel and a grandson, Jake.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Parish - Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Taylor St. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Joseph Dorner officiating.
Thielen Funeral Home is assisting the family.
The family would like to thank: Dr. Daroach and his nurse, Leslie, BAMC and the paramedics, Bellin ICU especially, Cassie, Steph, Tomi, Ben, and Chen, Altrusa House, Silver Cliff Rescue Squad, and the Augustana Manor for their compassionate care.