Delmer T. Donaldson

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Delmer T. Donaldson, age 89, passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2009, at the Ozarks Methodist Manor in Marionville, Missouri.

Mr. Donaldson, son of Floyd Worth and Mary Corbin Donaldson, was born on September 19, 1920 in Stone County, Missouri, 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, Arkansas, during the late 1940s and early 1950s, and later at the Ford Motor Company in Berryville. In 1960, Mr. Donaldson began his 30-year career as an acclaimed insurance salesman. Delmer always gave the credit of his success to his wife, Velma. He moved to Springfield in 1988. Mr. Donaldson was a 63-year member of the Ashley Lodge #66 AF&AM in Berryville, Arkansas, a member of the Scottish Rite and the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Temple in Springfield, Missouri. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Springfield, and was a former member of the First Christian Church in Berryville.

He married Velma Arnold on February 15, 1939, she preceded him in death on October 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. Mr. Donaldson was proud in the ministry of his nephew, Reverend David Donaldson, of the Lohmer Full Gospel Church in Shell Knob and requested memorial contributions be made to the 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, to help further the work and growth of the church.

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

In addition to his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by one son, Thomas Dean Donaldson in September of 2003, 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 will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 29 at Viola Cemetery in Shell Knob, Missouri, with his nephew, Reverend David Donaldson officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of White Funeral Home, Cassville, Missouri.