Clarence Earl McDonald, 106, passed away peacefully on July 16, at Botkin Care and Rehab Center in Wellington.
Clarence was born on July 10, 1912 in Culver, the 3rd of 7 children to Clay Henry and Myrtle (Knauf) McDonald. After completing the 8th grade, Clarence went to work as a farm hand and at various other jobs to help support his family.
He will always be remembered for his quick wit, his strong work ethic, and for always putting the needs of others ahead of his own.
Clarence served active duty in the U.S. Army from Feb 21, 1941 to July 24, 1945. He was part of the 81st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron during World War II and saw action in Tunisia, Naples, Foggia, Rome, Arno, and North Apennines/Po Valley. Having been trained as a cavalry heavy truck driver and heavy machine gunner, he drove a half track reconnaissance truck carrying armed personnel, one 30 and one 50 caliber machine gun. They went ahead of tanks to seek out roads, road blocks, enemy positions, etc. and to radio back to tanks of difficulties encountered. While in North Africa, Clarence was wounded for which he received the Purple Heart.
On December 27, 1944, while home on furlough during WWII, Clarence was united in marriage to June Karen Krizek. One daughter, Karen Christine was born to this union.
After the war was over, Clarence and June bought June’s family homestead south of Simpson. They worked side by side for many years in their farming operation which included crops and livestock. They moved to Glasco, in 1966, but Clarence continued to farm for 20 more years before retiring.
Clarence was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Glasco, and he also enjoyed many years of employment at the Beloit and Mankato Livestock Auctions.
He lived a good, long life of faith, work, and charity toward others.
Clarence is preceded in death by his parents, Clay and Myrtle, his devoted wife June, and his six siblings; Ed, Ethel, Henry, Mildred, Nellie, and Opal.
Surviving to honor his memory are his daughter, Karen Christine Heersche and her husband Richard; granddaughter, Jennifer Heersche and her children, Lane Matthew and Madilynn Rose; grandson Jeffrey Heersche, his wife Joni, and their children, Jacob Henry and Greylen Metta June, all of Wellington; a host of nieces and nephews, friends, and his Botkin Care & Rehab family.
Cremation has been effected. A memorial service for Clarence and June will be held on Saturday, August 18, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Glasco, with interment immediately following at the Glasco cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or to Glasco VFW Post #7697.
Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.