Craig D. McDonald

Craig D. McDonald, 93, of 4799 Steward Ave., Ashville, N.Y., passed away at 12:30 a.m. Friday, May 4, 2018, in the Heritage Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility.

A lifelong area resident, he was born March 7, 1925, in Jamestown, N.Y., a son of the late Benjamin and Marjorie Hill McDonald.

Craig was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from Sept. 11, 1942, to Feb. 17, 1946, during World War II. During his tour of duty he survived the Battle of Iwo Jima and earned the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal with one star and the Good Conduct Medal.

In earlier years, he had worked for the Packard Family Estates in Lakewood, N.Y., and prior to his retirement was employed by the Loranger Manufacturing Corporation in Warren, Pa.

He was a member of the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club and the Herman Kent Post 777 American Legion, Celoron. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time working outdoors.

Surviving are two daughters: Mary M. (Matthew) Ray of Norristown, Pa., nd Jean A. (Scott) Lewis-Bean of Ashville, N.Y.; three sons: Dennis L. McDonald of Lakewood, N.Y., John C. (Debra) McDonald of Ashville and Christopher L. (Dana) McDonald of Dow, Ill.; three grandchildren; Jennifer C. McDonald and John C. McDonald, both of Ashville and Joshua S. (Irene) Lewis of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; and a great- grandson, Braden Lewis.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, the former Marjorie Bieber McDonald, whom he married Dec. 15, 1946, and who died Jan. 30, 2014; three brothers: Quinton McDonald, Jesse McDonald and Joseph McDonald; and four sisters: Anne L. McDonald, Linnea McDonald, Leah McDonald and Sheila McDonald.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Visitation will not be observed. Inurnment will be in the Sunset Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

You may leave words of condolence to Craig’s family at www.lindfuneral home.com.