Corporal Ray “Rakie” Amos McDonald

Corporal Ray “Rakie” Amos McDonald was born on April 30, 1928 in Plainfield, IA and died December 4, 2015 in Waverly, IA.

Ray “Rakie” Amos McDonald entered the United States Marine Corps on January 9, 1952, in Des Moines, IA, served during the Korean War era and reached the rank of Corporal before being discharged on June 1, 1954 in San Francisco, CA.

Ray “Rakie” Amos McDonald is buried at Harlington Cemetery in Waverly, Iowa and can be located at

Obituary

Ray “Rakie” Amos McDonald, 87, of Waverly, Iowa, and formerly from Janesville, died on Friday evening, December 4, 2015, at the Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly from complications of congestive heart failure.

Ray was born on April 30, 1928, in Plainfield, Iowa, the son of Amos Eyestone and Rose (Dos) McDonald. He was baptized as an infant, and later confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Arlington. He attended grade school in Bremer and Arlington, and then Popejoy High School, graduating in 1946. While in high school, Ray worked for many different farmers and at Jack Spratt Grocery. He then worked for the family business, Janesville Lumber until it closed.
Finally, he worked for Bowles Trucking Service until retiring in 1985.

On October 17, 1948, Ray was united in marriage to Dorothy Schmidt at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waverly. On January 9, 1952, Ray was inducted into the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in Oceanside, California. Ray was released from active duty on January 4, 1954, but continued his service with the 9th Marine Corps Reserve & Recruitment District until his discharge on January 8, 1960.

Ray was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Waverly, Janesville Lions Club, American Legion, Masons, and a former member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Janesville, where he was on church council. Ray also served on the Janesville City Council and was on the Janesville Volunteer Fire Dept. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, golfing, and playing cards. Ray loved spending time with his family and friends.

Ray is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Becky (Darwin) Uhlenhopp of Waverly; grandson, Brenton Uhlenhopp (Leann Bachelder) of Wes Des Moines; granddaughter, Stephanie, (Justin) Higgins of Iowa City; two grand-dogs, Harley and Bonham. Ray is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Morris McDonald; and a sister, Geraldine Moeller.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Waverly, with Pastor Paul Schaedig officiating. Burial will be held in Harlington Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion Post #522 of Janesville. Public visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 8th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly, where there will be a Masonic Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation also for an hour prior to services Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be directed to Waverly Area Veterans Post, Honor Flight or Cedar Valley Hospice. Online remembrances for Ray’s family may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family. 319-352-1187 – See more at: http://www.kaisercorson.com/obituary/Ray-Rakie-McDonald/Waverly-IA/1568630#sthash.M7AwWExx.dpuf

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Release Date: December 4, 2078.