Leonard James "Jim" McDonald

Leonard James “Jim” McDonald, 91, of Holt, formerly of Lansing and Dimondale, passed peacefully to a new life on the morning of November 12, 2016.  Born August 5, 1925, in Cheboygan, MI, he married Flora Birdsall on June 22, 1947, in Cheboygan two days after she graduated from high school.  They moved to Lansing where he began a 40-year career with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  After Flora’s passing in 1984, he married Beverly Roberts in 1995.  For many years he was a volunteer at Ingham Medical Center and was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who we will greatly miss.

He was preceded in death by his two wives, Flora and Beverly; two brothers, Raymond and Harold; and his parents, Renest and Frieda (Bauer) McDonald.  He is survived by three children, Shari (David) Schaberg, Larry (Suzanne) McDonald, and Tari (Phillip) Teremi; six grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren.

The family thanks the staff at Holt Heritage Village and all the other caregivers who treated Jim with such great respect and love.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing chapel.  His family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00-8: 00 p.m. Tuesday, as well as one hour prior to the service.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Dimondale United Methodist Church, 6801 Creyts Rd. Dimondale, MI  48821 or a charity of one’s choice.

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David Quigley
November 14, 2016 at 8:11 am

My sympathies on your loss.

Praying for you Tari!


Jack Dibean
November 14, 2016 at 9:39 am

Very sorry to read about Jim’s passing.

I worked with Jim for many years at DNR and enjoyed many great talks with him.

Joshua Edward Huston
November 14, 2016 at 7:08 pm

My condolences . I have many fond memories of Jim. He was a member of a camping group my family was a part of when I was growing up. I remember we would have pot luck dinners on our camping trip, and I would always look forward to the baked beans he would make. Jim’s were the only ones I would ever eat as a child.Im not sure what he did to make them so delicious but I always looked foward to them every trip. I tell that story often and he will be missed by all who knew him.


November 16, 2016 at 12:39 am

I worked with Jim at DNR in the mid seventies and remember Jim as a man with high principles and standards and he was a good man. I remember that Jim was a skilled carpenter. I am sorry for your loss.
Dick Rogers
Boise, Id.


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