Clarence E. McDonald, 88, of McPherson and formerly of Fargo, North Dakota, passed away peacefully at Riverview Estates, Marquette. He researched and taught cereal chemistry for North Dakota State University and was a cereal chemist for U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
Clarence was born on Oct. 10, 1926, in McPherson, the son of Lyndell W. and Ina J. (Slabach) McDonald. He graduated from McPherson High School in 1945. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from McPherson College, his master’s degree in milling science from Kansas State University, and PhD in biochemistry at Purdue University.
On Dec. 23, 1955, Clarence was united in marriage to Lois Kay Carney in Lyons.
Clarence served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, having served in the occupying forces in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations.
Survivors include his wife, Kay of the home; three daughters, Nancy McDonald (Kris Hughes) of St. Paul, Minnesota, Sue McDonald (Dale Griffith) of Marquette, and Judy Marty (Randall Hartog) of Fargo, North Dakota; brothers, Lyndell McDonald of Wichita and Robert McDonald of Wichita; sisters, Velma Buhler of McPherson and Maryanne Webb of McPherson; three grandchildren, Aaron Marty (Sarah), Hope Marty, and Faith Marty; two great-grandchildren, Calvin Marty and Keegan Marty; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Wayne McDonald.
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at Stockham Family Funeral Home with Rev. Lynn Scott officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at McPherson Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 22, at Stockham Family Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m.
Memorial donations may be given to Riverview Estates Activities or McPherson Public Library in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. Personal condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.stockhamfamily.com/.