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Gerald Laverne McDonald
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Birth: Apr. 15, 1916
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Death: Sep. 5, 1925
Des Moines
Polk County
Iowa, USA

Son of John William McDonald and Celesta May "Lesta" Umbenhower


Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, September 10, 1925


Gerald Laverne McDonald, little son of William and Lesta McDonald, was born in Lucas county, Iowa, on April 15, 1916 and passed away at the Methodist hospital in Des Moines on Sept. 5, 1925, aged 9 years, 1 month and 20 days.

He was in perfect health until Aug. 28th when he and some of his playmates were playing with a little calf, and the calf kicked little Gerald on the forehead between the eyes, rendering him unconscious for a time. Medical aid was immediately summoned and for a week he seemed to be recovering, but at the end of that time it was thought necessary to take him to the hospital where he grew worse and passed away in a short time, lockjaw having developed.

The immediate relatives who are left to mourn for him are his father, mother, sister, Atha, brothers, Everett, Harry and Asa. There are many other friends and loved ones who will greatly miss him.

His little form was brought to his home on the day following and largely attended funeral services, conducted by Rev. Robert Bingaman, of Chariton, assisted by Rev. Holliday were held from the Coal Glen church on Monday afternoon, after which the little one was laid to rest in the Coal Glen cemetery.

A host of friends gathered with the loved ones to show their last tribute of respect for little Gerald and manifest their sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Obituary courtesy of Charles M. Wright
Family links: 
  John William McDonald (1884 - 1944)
  Celesta May Umbenhower Luce (1892 - 1964)
  William Everett McDonald (1913 - 1989)*
  Harry Lee McDonald (1914 - 1935)*
  Gerald Laverne McDonald (1916 - 1925)
  Geneva Emeline McDonald Wilson (1926 - 2013)*
*Calculated relationship
Coal Glen Cemetery
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Row 10 Grave 3
Created by: Skip
Record added: May 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37656141
Gerald Laverne McDonald
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Gerald Laverne McDonald
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- Skip
 Added: May. 24, 2013

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