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Lloyd Thomas McDonald

January 25, 1932 June 10, 2020
Lloyd Thomas McDonald
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Obituary for Lloyd Thomas McDonald

Lloyd Thomas McDonald, formerly of New Providence, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020, under hospice care at the Kavanagh House in Des Moines, Iowa. A public memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 2:00 PM on July 26th, at Camp Quaker Heights, Eldora, Iowa.
Lloyd was born January 25th, 1932 to Wilbur Benton and Ethel Marie (Norman) McDonald in Collins, Iowa. The family moved shortly thereafter to a farm in the Liberty Township of Marshall County.
In March of 1934, his mother became ill and died leaving a husband and 5 small children behind. After a couple of short stays with aunts, he was lovingly welcomed into the farm home of his maternal grandparents, Dave, and Sadie Norman where he remained through adulthood.
He attended the Liberty Consolidated School until it closed and then graduated from the Clemons High School in 1949. He attended Marshalltown Community College before completing his BA work in 1953 at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
At William Penn College, he also met a young Martha Hoskins and convinced her to become his bride. On April 12th, 1953 they were married and returned to Liberty Township to begin their life together on the farm. Martha preceded him in death on January 27th, 2020, just short of 67 years of marriage.
In addition to farming, Lloyd was also active in pastoral ministry. Initially, in college he served the North Street Friends Church in Oskaloosa, then from the farm, the Lawn Hill Community Church, and the Heartland Friends Church. In 1960 he answered the call to full time pastoral work, left the farm and moved to Union, Iowa to serve the Union Community Church. During these years he continued to do graduate work at Drake University as well as UNI, and then completed a Master of Divinity degree from Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. He remained a lifelong learner.
Along with the afore mentioned churches, he pastored a new church plant in Phoenix, Arizona before going to West Milton, Ohio, and then back to New Providence, Iowa. From there, first to High Point, North Carolina and then Snow Camp, North Carolina before retiring and returning to New Providence and his Iowa roots.
Lloyd loved to remember his glory days on the baseball field when Clemons High School, with 64 students, was the state baseball tournament runner-up, being defeated by Davenport in the final game. He continued this interest by playing church league softball well past his 60th birthday.
He was a generous steward of the physical and spiritual gifts that God gave him. His interests and involvements were many and varied, too many to list, but always involved building up and encouraging people.
One lifelong passion of his was Camp Quaker Heights, initially as a teenage camper. Then as an adult, he was a “cabin dad”, camp pastor for many years, board member, fund raiser, construction laborer and contributor. He believed that this was more than just a summer camp – it was an investment in people. And investments in people will be his legacy.
His family also knew of his unconditional love for them. The children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were a source of Pride and Joy for him. He loved being with them and spending time together. He spent countless hours at sporting events, music programs and drama productions and loved every minute of it.
Whether it was family, church, or community…Lloyd loved well, and was well loved.
He is survived by his son Tom (Marlene) McDonald of Windsor Heights, IA, daughter Jean (Arlen) Daleske of New Providence, IA, son John “Mac” (Brenda “Berny”) McDonald, of Tama, IA, son Phil (Teddie) McDonald of High Point, North Carolina; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister Erma Haywood; brothers Keith, Willard “Mac”, Joe, Dwight, Duane McDonald, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha, his parents, stepmother Mary, brothers Norman and Wayne McDonald.

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Memorial Service

Sunday

26

Jul

2:00 PM 7/26/2020 2:00:00 PM
Camp Quaker Heights

22605 V Ave
Eldora, IA 50627

Camp Quaker Heights
22605 V Ave Eldora 50627 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Chester Cemetery Final Resting Place

320th St and Railroad Ave
Union, Iowa 50258

320th St and Railroad Ave Union 50258 Iowa
United States

Memorial Contribution

Honey Creek New Providence Friends Church

604 Cherry Dr
New Providence, IA 50206

Camp Quaker Heights

22605 V Ave
Eldora, IA 50627
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