Eugene P. McDonald, age 100, of Westland, Michigan passed away on December 6, 2020. Eugene was born on August 4, 1920 in Long Beach, California to his parents, Junior Franklin and Glenn (née Papineau) Arnold. He is the beloved and devoted husband of the late Kathryn; loving father of Jay McDonald of Plymouth, Michigan, Sandy (McDonald) Sullivan of St. Joseph, Michigan, Mary Ellen (McDonald) McAllister of Lincoln City, Oregon and the late Eugene L. McDonald; proud grandfather of six grandchildren and great-grandfather of nine great-grandchildren.
Eugene proudly served his country in the United States Navy from August 1940 through the end of World War II in 1945. He was able to travel from Bermuda to Boston to Texas then down to Brazil and he Amazon River. He served on the USS Lake Champlain and the USS Osmond visiting all of the islands from Cuba to Trinidad. Two days before they were headed to the South Pacific, they stopped the war, and he got off the ship. Eugene returned to his wife, Kathryn, had four children, and they became grandparents and great-grandparents and even great-great-grandparents.
He was honored this year in August on his 100th birthday at the American House Westland Venoy.
Eugene’s cremated remains will be laid to rest at Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth.