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Jerry Dean "Red Dog" Donaldson, 48, of Hidalgo passed away at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, March 26, 2017, west of Wheeler.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Meyer Funeral Home in Dieterich, with Nate Hagen officiating. Burial will be in Dieterich Village Cemetery. Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Masonic rites at 8 p.m. In loving memory of Jerry, memorials may be made to the family c/o Meyer Funeral Home 307 West Jourdan St. Newton, Illinois 62448. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.meyerfh.com.
Jerry better known as "Red Dog", shook the earth when he was born on Nov. 9, 1968, in Effingham, a day a major earthquake shook over 23 states. He was born the son of Joseph H. and Stella F. (Allen) Donaldson. He married Robin Dow on Oct. 4, 1992, at Southern Baptist Church in Newton.
Jerry graduated from Dieterich High School in 1986, and was an employee of Probst Farms in Wheeler.
Jerry was a member of the Winterrowd Masonic Lodge 664 in Dieterich. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, 4-wheeler riding and spending time with his family and friends.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 24 years, Robin Donaldson of Hidalgo; daughter, Felicia Donaldson of Hidalgo; mother, Stella Donaldson of Dieterich; siblings, Regina (Greg) Keepes of Mt. Carmel, Jo Ann Donaldson, Cathy Ensminger (special friend Kenny Bohnhoff) of Dieterich, John (Margo) Donaldson and Mary (Jason) Hayes, all of Dieterich; father and mother-in-law, Leroy "Gene" and Joyce Dow of Hidalgo.
Jerry was preceded in death by his father.
Published on March 27, 2017
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