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Derald "Shine" MacDonald

June 12, 1926 — March 13, 2020


Derald “Shine” MacDonald, died peacefully March 13, 2020, at Colonial Manor under Aspirus Hospice Care, following a struggle with dementia.

Shine was born June 12, 1926 to the late Archie and Johanna (Goetz) MacDonald in Wausau. After high school, he served his country in the Army from 1944-1946. He was discharged at rank of Sargent, earning a victory medal and two bronze stars. He married Ruth Spatz on Sept. 22, 1984. at Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau.

In his younger years, he played softball and bowled for many years and many teams. Shine and Ruth had many life-long friends. They enjoyed the cottage and traveling as well as fishing. Shine fished his whole life and had many “secret” fishing spots on Lake Nokomis. He worked for his family grocery store, Mac’s Self Serve on the corner of 6th Ave and Maple St. Later, he worked 14 years for Palace Clothiers. In 1988, he started at Baseman’s. He worked there into his 80’s.

He is survived by his sister, Conradine “Connie” Seidl, Wausau; brother, John MacDonald, Madison; step-children, Barbara (Robert) Baneck, Wausau; Bruce Spatz, Annapolis, MD; step-grandchildren, Kristen (Robert) Wurth, Robert W. Baneck, Dianna Essex; three step-great grandchildren and two step great-great grandchildren; brother in law, John Niebergall; along with many nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth; and brothers, Milton, Marlund, and Bertell.

Shine will be laid to rest at Restlawn Memorial Park. To protect the health and safety of all, services are currently being limited as required by state and local authorities and the CDC. Expressions of sympathy during this time can be left on the condolences page available with the obituary on our website. We also encourage you to view the video tribute and/or webcast of the service that may be available. Check the funeral home website for the latest COVID-19 update or call us at 715-845-5525.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Church of St. Anne, 710 N. Sixth Ave., Wausau, WI 54401.

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