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Thomas J. McDonald

June 27, 1941 ~ December 13, 2019 (age 78)


Mr. Thomas J. McDonald, age 78, of Topeka, KS passed away on Friday, December 13, 2019 at Legacy on 10th Avenue Nursing Home in Topeka. 

Tom, or Mac as he was known to his friends, was born June 27, 1941 in McCook, NE to parents Floyd Henry and Lillian Mae (Brisbin) McDonald.  He was one of five children born to the union.  Tom attended school in McCook before enlisting in the United States Navy at the age of seventeen.  He spent the next twenty years serving his country, proudly achieving the rank of Radioman First Class. Tom retired from the US Navy in 1977.

On May 13, 1962, Tom married Betty Anne (Reed) McDonald in Home Gardens, CA. The couple was blessed with three children; Brenda, Charlene and Robert.  They made their home in San Diego, CA before moving to Topeka in 1990.

Tom enjoyed working crossword puzzles and making military airplane models.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Anne McDonald; three brothers Charles, Robert and Elsia; and two sisters, Dorothy and Doris. 

Those left to celebrate his life include his two daughters, Brenda Holliday and Charlene McDonald, both of Topeka; son, Robert (Antonia) McDonald of San Diego; five grandchildren, Brianna, Amanda, Brenda, Anna and Cynthia; and his two great grandchildren, Mariah and Odin. 

A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery, McCook, beginning at 2PM on January 2, 2020.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family and can be left in care of Tom at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home, PO Box 476, McCook, NE 69001.


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Graveside Service with American Legion Post #203

Memorial Park
W J St & W 14th St, McCook, NE 69001
McCook, NE 69001

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