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Gerald P. "Gerry" McDonald

Jan 5, 1927 - Jul 21, 2018
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July 21, 2018, Gerald P. (Gerry) McDonald peacefully ended a long journey here to celebrate the beginning of an exciting new adventure the other side of Heaven’s Gates.  He was welcomed with words he’d longed to hear, “Well done Gerry”, and then greeted by his loving wife, Betty, whom he looked for every day since her passing, May 23, 2017. A joyous reunion to be sure.

 
Gerry was born in Olympia, WA, January 5, 1927. His formative years were split between Ballard and Sunnyside, WA, and he was a graduate of Sunnyside H.S. Class of ’45. After service in the Navy, Gerry returned to Ballard.  In 1948, he met Betty Hansen over a baritone, a grand piano and a Christmas carol.  In 1950, he married the love of his life and the next 67 years were filled with family and friends, two successful careers (Boeing and Drake & McDonald Co.), music, lots of travel and a couple of memorable fishing trips with Bing Crosby.  
 
Gerry and Betty lived a life grounded in Jesus.  Seasons of happiness and sorrow were fortified by faith and hope, and always in the background, music and laughter.
 
In 2007, Gerry and Betty moved to Yakima to be close to family.  Even though dementia stole many of the details and skills of life, Gerry always had a song in his heart. He was a man of integrity and consistency, love and devotion, and will be sorely missed but sweetly remembered for his kindness, encouragement, and thankful heart. We are so blessed by his example: (Son) Gordy & Renee McDonald, Kalispell, MT; (Daughter) Kathy & Buddy Cluck, Yakima, WA; four grandchildren (two spouses); five great grandchildren, and Mango, the Cat.  
 
A special thanks to Fieldstone Orchard West and Memory Care for loving kindness and care above and beyond the call of duty.  
 
A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Terrace Heights Memorial Park (3001 Terrace Heights Dr, Yakima, WA 98901) at 2:00 pm, followed by a Celebration of Life Service at Terrace Heights Assembly of God (4101 N Maple Ave, Yakima, WA 98901). 
 

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Aug 13, 2018: 2:00 pm

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