Jerry was born in Riley, Indiana on February 15, 1933 to the late Harry E. McDonald and Lucille (Reed) Barnett.
He spent his childhood in Greene County and graduated from Midland High School. He moved to the Martinsville area in the 1960's where he worked at Twigg Corporation for many years.
During the mid 1980's he purchased Honeycomb Products in Indianapolis and is currently a co-owner in the manufacturing company with his step-son.
He was a member of the Mt. Nebo Community Church in Martinsville, the Martinsville Elks Lodge #1349, the Lost Dutchman Mining Association and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He loved to do latch hook rugs, travel, read, and goldmine on his spare time.
He leaves behind a host of family and friends including his wife, Joan K. McDonald, whom he married on November 21, 1999; two sons, John (Joyce) McDonald of Montana and Jeffrey (Teresa) McDonald of Jasonville, IN; three daughters, Jackie (Ed) Hulett of Martinsville, Kim (John) Butler of Jasper, IN, Tammy (Randy) Meyer of North Carolina; four step-sons, Phil (Kathy) Ooley of Martinsville, Bill (Linda) Sichting of Martinsville, Jim (Teresa) Sichting of Martinsville and Kirk (Steve) Sichting of Indianapolis; two step-daughters, Donna (Paul) Saylor of Martinsville and Shelly (Charlie) Beaver of Morgantown; one sister, Sondy (Bud) Rogers of Terre Haute; 13 grandchildren; 14 step grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 25 step great grandchildren; one step great great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Robert McDonald; one brother, Arley McDonald; and one step grandchild.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Tuesday, June 29th from 4-8 p.m. and on Wednesday, June 30 from 1-2 p.m. at Neal & Summers Funeral and Cremation Center in Martinsville.
Rev. Dell Pfaff will conduct a Celebration of Life Service at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30 at the funeral home. His burial will be during a private ceremony at a later date.
Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Mt Nebo Community Church, 5100 State Rd. 252, Martinsville, IN 46151.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.nealandsummers.com.