Eugene "Gene" McDonald


Eugene “Gene” McDonald died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.

He and his twin sister, Tamma, were born Feb. 10, 1934. They were the youngest of six children born to Merton Lorene and Leo Glenn McDonald. 

In 1952, Mr. McDonald joined the Marine Corps and served during the Korean War. He was a part of the artillery division and a truck driver. Upon his return to the United States, he finished his tour as a clerk.

After his military career in the Marines, in 1958 Mr. McDonald joined the Miles City Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In 1959, he started working for his brother at McDonald’s North American as a truck driver. While driving truck, Mr. McDonald was able to visit 48 states, Alaska and Canada. He also worked for Char El trailers and on many ranches.

Mr. McDonald began his involvement in the VFW Post 1634 in Billings in 1959 and was very active in the post activities until illness forced him to retire in November 2013.  In the 1990s, Mr. McDonald was Quarter Master and from 2000 to 2011, he was Commander for VFW Post 1634. Mr. McDonald also was VFW District 3 Commander, State Inspector for the VFW Department of Montana.  He attended several state, regional and national conventions, earning awards for VFW Post 1634 and himself.

He also was a member of the Marine Corps League, United Veterans Council and American Legion Post 4. Mr. McDonald was instrumental in starting support for the troops, sending packages to soldiers around the world. He was on the board for Stand Down for Homeless Veterans. Mr. McDonald also served on the board for the Veterans Cemetery in Laurel, which is designated as a National Veterans Cemetery.

Mr. McDonald is survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his twin sister, Tamma; his parents, Merton and Leo; brothers, Wilber, Bob and Bruce; and sister, Shirley. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Eastern Montana State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors provided by VFW Post 1579.  

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