The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 25, 2012

Claude R. McDonald

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Claude R. McDonald, 88, Carthage, Mo., passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital following a brief illness.

Claude was born Jan. 20, 1924, at Reeds, Mo. to the late Henry and Florence (Taylor) McDonald.

He entered the U.S. Army on Feb. 17, 1943, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. and served in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign. He was honorably discharged on March 7, 1944, at Camp Carson, Colo.

Claude married Eleanor Offill on Feb. 10, 1964, in Miami, Okla.  They made their home in Carthage. Claude worked for Leggett and Platt for 25 years.  He later owned and operated his own automotive repair shop. He greatly enjoyed working on cars, especially when he was tinkering with one from the muscle car era. Claude liked being outdoors and enjoyed taking long hikes.

Besides his parents, Claude was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Lee and Katherine Payton; and by one brother, Leo McDonald.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, of their home; one daughter, Raedene (Craig) Bryson, Carthage, Mo.; one sister, Vivian Park, Reeds, Mo.; two granddaughters, Crystal (Chris) Whitesell, and Chelle (Andy) Eby; six great-grandchildren, Noah Eby, Hanna Eby, Jonah Eby, Olivia Whitesell, Sophi Whitesell, and Eli Whitesell; other relatives and many friends who will miss him very much.

Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, at Knell Mortuary, Carthage, Mo. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Knell Mortuary. Interment will be in Park Cemetery under direction of Knell Mortuary.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Text Only
  • mason woodard Mary A. Ash

    Mary A. Ash, age 80, of Joplin, Mo., passed away at 12:56 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, at Mercy Hospital, Joplin, following a battle with Parkinson's disease.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • David Nuel Scroggins

    In memory of David Nuel Scroggins 1948 - 2012

    July 23, 2014

  • Judy A. Orton Judy A. Orton

    Judy A. Orton, 58, of Joplin, Mo. passed away early Monday, July 21, 2014 at Joplin Health & Rehabilitation following a long illness.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Jo Arkle Jo Arkle

    Jo Arkle, 79, Joplin, Mo.,  died July 20, 2014, at Freeman West, Joplin.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Carolyn Anderson Carolyn "Sue" Anderson

    Carolyn "Sue" Anderson, 69, Pierce City, Mo., died July 19, 2014, at her home, following a short illness

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mary White Mary White

    Mary Lorraine White, 59, of Joplin, Mo., completed her journey up the stairway to heaven on July 16, 2014.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Blake Aggus Blake Aggus

    Blake Austin Aggus, 23, died July 18, 2014, at his home in Hollister, Mo. He was born September 21, 1990 in Joplin.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Derfelt Edward Crowder

    BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Edward Crowder, 72, passed away at his home in Baxter Springs on July 19, 2014, after a battle with cancer.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Simpson Herbert E. Kirkpatrick

    Herbert E. Kirkpatrick Sr. "Guitar Man", age 77, passed away July 19, 2014, in Joplin.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Matthew Brewer Matthew Brewer

    July 21, 1987 - Aug. 24, 2011

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo