Thursday, December 31, 2009

Delmer T. Donaldson, 89, of Shell Knob, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at the Ozarks Methodist Manor in Marionville.

He was born on Sept. 19, 1920, in Stone County, son of Floyd Worth and Mary Corbin Donaldson, on the family farm by Big Indian Creek, now a part of Table Rock Lake. He was employed by the Desoto and Plymouth automobile dealership in Berryville, Ark., during the late 1940s and early 1950s, and later at the Ford Motor Company in Berryville, Ark. In 1960, he began his 30-year career as an acclaimed insurance salesman. He moved to Springfield in 1988. He was a 63-year member of the Ashley Lodge # 66 A.F. & A.M. in Berryville, Ark., a member of the Scottish Rite and the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Temple in Springfield. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Springfield, and was a former member of the First Christian Church in Berryville, Ark.

He married Velma Arnold on Feb. 15, 1939. she preceded him in death on Oct. 10, 1992. Later, he married June Livingston Witt. she preceded him in death in 2008. He will be laid to rest at the Viola Cemetery next to his beloved Velma and his son, Thomas Dean Donaldson.

memorial contributions can be made to the Lohmer Full Gospel church at 6151 Hcr 64 Shell Knob, MO 65747 or may be entrusted to the White Funeral Home P.O. Box 890 Cassville, MO 65625.

Survivors include: two sons, Jerry Donaldson and his wife, Wanda, of Shell Knob, and Gary Donaldson and his wife, Diane, of Shawnee, Kan.; one daughter, Beverly Meyers and her husband, Bruce, of Shell Knob; one step-daughter, Larna Adkins and her husband, Bill, of Forsyth; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by one son, Thomas Dean Donaldson; five brothers, Alfred Donaldson, Everett Donaldson, Frank Donaldson and Johnson Donaldson, and one who died in infancy; and three sisters, Grace Elliott, Bertha Wise and Bessie Bonham.

Graveside services were held Tuesday at Viola Cemetery in Shell Knob, with his nephew, Rev. David Donaldson officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of White Funeral Home, Cassville.