John J. McDonald Jr.
After a lengthy journey with leukemia, John passed peacefully on Monday August 31, 2020. He will be deeply missed by his wife Therese, daughters Maggie (Kelly) Heden and Emily (Anthony) Canelakes, granddaughter Nora Heden, mother Lavena (the late John) McDonald, siblings Mary Beth (Vito) Van Ornum, Tom (Tricia) McDonald, Kathleen (John) Serkowski, and David (Jennet Shepherd) McDonald, and many nieces and nephews.
An avid outdoorsman, John loved fishing, tending to his gardens, and reveling in the scenery from the seat of his Harley. His razor-sharp wit and sense of humor could light the room, even in the darkest hours. Despite his gruff exterior, John will be remembered by those who knew him best as loving and kind-hearted. Often a man of few words, his quiet encouragement resonated loudly with those who chose to hear it.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org