ST. HELENS, Ore. - Ira "Spud" McDonald, 87, passed away on Aug. 4, 2007, at the Avamere Assisted Living Center in St. Helens, Ore. He was one of eight children born to James and Charlotte (Anderson) McDonald of St. Helens.
Mr. McDonald served in World War II as a Navy decoder in Maui. After his military service, he was employed as a laborer. He was a member of the Boilermakers' Union and retired in 1982.
For 33 years he was married to Florence Evelyne McDonald. After her death, he married a second woman, also named Florence Evelyn, to whom he was married for 35 years. She survives.
Retirement allowed him time for his many hobbies including pinochle, cribbage, hunting, fishing, gardening and helping anyone who needed it. Active in the Elks, Moose and Eagles lodges, he enjoyed a good joke and loved to laugh.
He and his wife had a house on the Peninsula for many years and eventually moved to Ocean Park where they enjoyed spending time on the beach. He lived here for several years prior to getting ill and moving back to St. Helens.
In addition to his second wife, Florence, survivors include his sons, Gary McDonald, Jerry McDonald and James McDonald; daughters, Cheryle Orr and Tammy Schultz; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and his sister, Tina Davis. His first wife, Florence, and his great-grandson, John Holmason preceded him in death.
Graveside services were held on Aug. 11 at the Bayview Cemetery in Warren, Ore.