Eugene McDonald passed away Jan. 26, 2014. Gene and his twin sister Tamma were born Feb 10, 1934. They were the youngest of six children born to Merton Lorene and Leo Glenn McDonald.
In 1952 Gene joined the Marine Corps and served during the Korean War. He was a part of the artillery division and a truck driver. Upon his return to the US Gene finished his tour as a clerk.
After his military career in the marines, in 1958 Gene joined the Miles City VFW. In 1959 Gene started working for his brother at McDonald’s North American as a truck driver. While driving truck Gene was able to visit 48 states, Alaska and Canada. Gene also worked for Char El trailers and on many ranches.
In 1959 Gene began his involvement in the VFW post 1634 in Billings and was very active in the Post activities until illness forced him to retire in Nov 2013. In the 1990’s Gene was Quarter Master and from 2000-2011 Gene was Commander for VFW Post 1634. Gene was also VFW district 3 commander, State Inspector for the VFW Dept. of Montana. Gene attended several state, regional, and National conventions, earning awards for VFW Post 1634 and himself.
He was also member of the Marine Corps League, United Veterans Council, and American Legion Post 4. Gene was instrumental in starting support for the troops sending package to soldiers around the world. He was on the board for Stand Down for Homeless Veterans. Gene also served on the board for the Veteran’s Cemetery in Laurel which is designated as a National Veteran’s Cemetery.
Gene was proceed in death by his twin sister Tamma, his parents Merton and Leo, brothers Wilber, Bob, Bruce and sister Shirley. He is survived by several Nieces and Nephews.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Eastern Montana State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors provided by VFW Post 1579. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.