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Edward L. McDonald | obituaries

Edward L. McDonald passed away after a long battle with cancer on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming.

Ed was born Sept. 7, 1949, in Peoria, Illinois, to Thomas A. and Bernalea McDonald. He grew up with his siblings; Thom, Ken and Karen in Elmwood, Illinois, until the family relocated to Tucson, Arizona, where he finished high school.

Ed honorably served in the Army from May 1970 to January 1972. After the Army and a cross country hitchhiking trip to see America, he met and married Judith MacDonald. They carved out a wonderful life together that spanned 50 years.

His great loves were his wife, Jude, and his only daughter, Shawna. His life was further enriched by his beloved grandchildren, Willow, Reed and Tanner, and their families and his only great-grandson, Eli. His sister, Karen, and his nieces, Katie and Colleen and their families also had a special place in his heart. Ed cherished all his extended family and friends.

Ed worked at Jacobs Ranch Mine over the course of 35 years throughout various corporate and name changes. He thoroughly enjoyed his tenure as Santa Claus for almost 40 years, including the mines kids Christmas parties at the theaters. He loved cooking, his beloved Chicago Cubs and the Grateful Dead.

There will be a private family memorial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family has designated Gillette Abuse Refuge Foundation to receive donations locally in his name. We also designate the World Central Kitchen or a charitable organization of your choice.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716.

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This paid obituary was provided by family and friends.

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