Claude Leonard Donaldson

October 4, 1929July 16, 2017

LTC Claude L. Donaldson, USA, Retired, 87 died peacefully on July 16, 2017 in the greater Houston, Texas area after recently relocating there from Warminster, Pennsylvania. LTC Donaldson was born on October 4, 1929 in Queens Village, New York to John and Helene Donaldson. He graduated from Chatham High School in Chatham, New Jersey in 1948. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Army and was later commissioned as an Officer. He obtained his College Degree from University of The Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas in 1960 while on active duty.

LTC Donaldson was a career Army Officer in Military Intelligence. He was a decorated Soldier who served his Country honorably in various overseas locations including Germany, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Upon retirement from the Army, he began a second career with the U.S. Social Security Administration and subsequently retired from there as well, after many years of government service. Throughout his life, he was involved in many civic and philanthropic activities. He did volunteer work with AARP, Habitat for Humanity and many other organizations. He was a member of the Newtown Presbyterian Church, in Newtown, Pennsylvania for many years. He was also a recent resident at Ann’s Choice in Warminster, Pennsylvania.

LTC Donaldson is survived by his sons Mark, Barry and Scott; his daughter Karen; his nine grandchildren and his ten great-grandchildren and his sister, Betty Neblock. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Turner Donaldson and his second wife, Margaret Brooks Donaldson. A private burial with Military Honors will take place on July 29, 2017 at McKendree Cemetery in Subiaco, Arkansas.

Helping others achieve their educational goals was very important to LTC Donaldson, so in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made directly to The Donaldson-Turner Endowed Scholarship Fund, University of the Ozarks in loving memory of Claude L. Donaldson. Donations can be made online at, by phone at 479-979-1237 or mail: University of the Ozarks, Attn: Advancement Office, Clarksville, AR. 72830.


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Lopez Family

March 22, 2018

My condolences to the family; may you all rely on God for guidance, support, understanding, and peace (2 Cor 1:3).

Scott & Sherilan Harden

July 29, 2017

Barry, Donna & Family
Praying for you as you say a final goodbye to your Dad. You honored him well and we pray that God will give you the comfort and peace only He can give. Love & Blessings to all ...

Deb and Greg Eubank

July 28, 2017

Donaldson Family, We are so honored to have met your father. Praying God's peace and comfort on your family. May good memories and God's blessings sustain you. With much love,

Butch & Melanie Watterson

July 28, 2017

Barry, Donna and family, I was so impressed to read of your Dad's incredible service to our country. We are so sorry for your loss, but know God will bring you comfort and peace in the coming days. We love you and are praying for your family.

July 23, 2017

Prayers and thoughts are with you all... We will miss U. Claude's visits here in Mass.where he stayed with Dad and we all went over to see him, laughed, talked about family, trips he took etc. . What a great man!! We loved him...He is with our Father now along with other siblings and your Mom.
God Bless ...May he RIP...
Jan Donaldson Selden

Scott, Yvonne & Ethan Cobourn

July 21, 2017

Sorry to hear of the passing of your father.