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Rodney K. McDonald

Rodney K. McDonald

Rodney Keith McDonald, 80, passed away on November 25th, 2017 after a short illness.

Rod was born in Duluth, MN on March 29, 1937 to Allan and Inga (Soberg) McDonald and grew up in the West End.

He graduated from Denfeld High School in 1955. After graduation Rod worked as a fishing guide in Florida's Everglades National Park and the East Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint Trail, where he met and married Josephine Pace in 1961. Together they had three children and resided on a farm in Clover Valley. Rod worked for Reserve Mining in Silver Bay, as a Local 361 union carpenter and retired as a millwright for Local 1348. Rod was a life-long member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, serving as governor of the Two Harbors Lodge #1463 and their main volunteer cook for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, hunting & fishing. He was an avid reader and an excellent cook. During his later years Rod enjoyed travelling with his partner Marlene, and spending time with family at the Moose Lodge Camp on Cloud Lake in Ontario, Canada.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. He is survived by his sons Mark McDonald of Duluth and Scot McDonald of Two Harbors and daughter Kelly (Jody) Faughnan of Knife River; step-daughters Shery (Charlie) Crowley of Florida & Terri Strohman of Wisconsin; grandchildren Joey, Jordan, Jenny, Dani & Julia; great grandchildren Silas & Ruby; siblings Bruce McDonald and Judith (Ramon) Oldenburg, both of Florida, several cousins, nieces & nephews; and his very special friend of 27 years, Marlene Stachejczuk and her family of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

At Rod's request, a memorial celebration will be held at Cloud Lake Camp, Ontario, Canada this summer.