Stephen Rush McDonald

January 17, 1949April 10, 2019

Stephen Rush McDonald 1949-2019

Stephen was born to Samuel and Geneva McDonald on January 17, 1949 in West Fir, Oregon. In high school, he became an accomplished guitarist, learning to play by ear, playing in the band The Enforcers. In 1968, Stephen was drafted into the Army and fought valiantly during the Vietnam war, earning a Purple Heart while serving as a radioman with the 9th Infantry Division. In 1974, his son Larry was born and his daughter Melissa in 1978.

Throughout his life, Stephen entertained many with his guitar and singing abilities. He spent 25 years as a letter carrier with the USPS, until his retirement. Stephen spent the twilight of his years restoring vintage radios and clocks. Stephen is preceded in death by his daughter Melissa and survived by his sister Margaret, his son Larry, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

A committal service with honors will take place at 1:00 pm, Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd. in Portland. Please gather near the cemetery office in advance of the service time, as guests will be driving into the cemetery for the honors service.

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  • Committal Service with US Army Honors Thursday, April 18, 2019

Stephen Rush McDonald

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Becky Greene

April 17, 2019

Steve was my cousin and partner in crime when we were small. Although I was 18 mo. older he liked to bite me when I crossed him, I got him back by sewing his finger with his mother’s Singer sewing machine, an accident I’m sure😊. I will forever miss his quiet dry humor and big hugs.