Donald & Gail McDonald
Donald ~ 4/14/34 - 4/06/12
Gail ~ 7/22/36 - 10/25/11
Private services were previously held for Donald "Duffy" L. McDonald and Gail Lillian McDonald of Lakeside, Ore. Duffy was born April 14, 1934, in Pittsburg, Kans. to Thelma Romondo-McDonald and John Romondo. He passed away April 6, 2012, in Lakeside from liver cancer. Gail was born July 22, 1936 in Bend, Ore., to Earl and Helen Hankins. She passed away October 25, 2011 in Lakeside from lung cancer.
While growing up, Duffy lived in Kansas, Klamath Falls, Portland, and Waldport. He graduated from Waldport High School. In 1953 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. During that time, he was sent overseas, serving 16 months in Korea. During his military service, he received the Korean Service medal, United Nations service medal, and the National Defense service medal.
As a youth, Gail attended elementary schools in Trent, Goshen, and Eugene, Ore. Later she attended Colin Kelly Jr. High in Eugene, and high school at Mt. Angel High School where she played first violin in the orchestra. She graduated from Albany High School, class of 1954.
During their teenage years in Yachats, Gail and Duffy met at the local roller skating rink and eventually married in 1958. They would often perform at local events and establishments in the Yachats area; singing, while Duffy played the guitar and Gail played the accordion. Together they owned a local restaurant. Later, Gail became a typesetter for the Waldport Times Newspaper and a bookkeeper and tax preparer while Duffy enjoyed a career as a civil engineer for the U.S. Forest Service. During most of their adult working years, they lived in Mapleton, Corvallis, and Medford, Ore.
Duffy retired from the Forest Service in 1985. Soon after, he became a real estate agent then a broker in the Medford area. For several years he and Gail owned and operated a real estate agency there. In 1990, Gail graduated with honors from Southern Oregon State College with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Upon their retirement, they moved to Lakeside where Duffy stayed active in politics helping petition for Oregon's vote by mail law. He was also a president of the Lakeside Library Board and an avid reader and crossword puzzle fan.
Gail loved music; playing the violin, harp, accordion, piano, organ, and keyboard. She also loved animals of all kinds with a special interest in training and riding horses that began in junior high. She trained and rode horses as a hobby and taught many friends and family members how to ride. In addition to her interests in music and horses, she was also an expert seamstress. She enjoyed gardening, working on her computer, and was an avid reader and crossword puzzle fan as well.
The couple is survived by Duffy's half-sister Allana Parker of Minocqua, Wis.; Gail's sister, Sandra Miller of Eugene; stepsister, Barbara Keepers; stepmother, June Hankins of Lincoln City; and their niece, Lisa Miller of Whittier, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in the McDonalds' name be made to: Coos County Animal Shelter, 92960 Southport Road, Coos Bay, Ore., 97420.
Arrangements were under the direction of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440. Friends and family are encouraged to sign the guestbook at www.coosbayfh.com.