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Donald W. McCormick, 84 June 30, 2008

Donald W. McCormick, 84 of Minnesota City, Minn. and formerly of Wabasha and Winona, Minn., died Monday at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, LaCrosse, Wis. Born in Winona June 26, 1924, the son of John E. and Gertrude (Bath) McCormick, Sr., He began his work career at Schuler Chocolates in Winona, where he worked for 18 years. He then joined his father in the operation of Jack McCormick's Wood Working Shop, later taking over the business, retiring in 1986. July 7, 1960, he was united in marriage to Marlene J. Hoch at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona.

death of veteran: He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. He served in an engineer aviation unit in Italy following training in wood working and carpentry at Camp Lee, Va. He was assigned to a line platoon as a toolkeeper, responsible for his platoons engineering tools. He served in Africa, Italy and France, earning three battle participation stars for service in the European-African-Middle East Campaigns.

In his earlier years he enjoyed duck hunting and fishing, he also enjoyed feeding the ducks at Lake Winona.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene; son, James, of Minnesota City; daughters, Karen (Dan Douglas), Minnesota City and Cheryl, Wabasha, and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona with the Rev. Richard Colletti officiating. Pall bearers will be Dan Douglas, Denny Mikesell, David and Michael Bauer and Monty Ronnenberg. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, where members of American Legion Post #9 will conduct military burial honors. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, where Deacon James Welch will conduct a prayer service at 7 p.m. and also for one hour prior to the service at the church. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Winona.

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