Jerry Dean Donaldson, age 48, of Hidalgo, Illinois, passed away at 3:30 AM – Sunday, March 26, 2017, west of Wheeler, Illinois.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM – Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Meyer Funeral Home in Dieterich, Illinois, with Nate Hagen officiating. Burial will in Dieterich Village Cemetery in Dieterich, Illinois. Visitation will be held 4:00 – 8:00 PM – Thursday, March 30, 2017, at the funeral home with Masonic rites at 8:00 PM. In loving memory of Jerry, memorials may be made to the family c/o Meyer Funeral Home 307 West Jourdan St. Newton, Illinois 62448.
Jerry better known as “Red Dog”, shook the earth when he was born on November 9, 1968, in Effingham, Illinois, 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 October 4, 1992, at Southern Baptist Church in Newton, Illinois.
Jerry graduated from Dieterich High School in 1986, and was an employee of Probst Farms in Wheeler, Illinois.
Jerry was a member of the Winterrowd Masonic Lodge #664 in Dieterich, Illinois. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, 4 wheeler riding and spending time with his family and friends.
Jerry is survived by: Wife of 24 years – Robin Donaldson of Hidalgo, Illinois
Daughter – Felicia Donaldson of Hidalgo, Illinois
Mother – Stella Donaldson – Dieterich, Illinois
Siblings – Regina (Greg) Keepes of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, Jo Ann Donaldson, Cathy Ensminger (special friend Kenny Bohnhoff) of Dieterich, Illinois, John (Margo) Donaldson and Mary (Jason) Hayes all of Dieterich, Illinois Father and Mother-in-law – Leroy “Gene” and Joyce Dow of Hidalgo, Illinois
Jerry was preceded in death by his father.