Roscoe "Mac" McDonald
July 13, 1934 ~ October 31, 2020
Roscoe “Mac” McDonald, age 86, of New Hampton, IA, died Saturday, October 31, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 AM Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert celebrating the Mass. PLEASE JOIN THE FAMILY WEDNESDAY at 10:00 A.M.VIA FACEBOOK LIVE ON THE CONWAY-MARKHAM FUNERAL HOMES FACEBOOK PAGE. Interment with military honors will follow the Mass at St. Mary’s Cemetery in New Hampton. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at Conway- Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton with a 7 PM scripture wake service. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral Mass on Wednesday. Roscoe Hugh McDonald was born July 13, 1934 in Atlantic, IA. He was the only child of True and Ruth (Eyerly) McDonald. In 1937, the family moved to Mason City. Mac would make his family laugh with childhood stories of being disciplined at school by his mom, who was a teacher, and enjoying real cherry Cokes at the counter of his dad’s pharmacy after school. After graduating from Mason City High School in 1952, he enrolled at the University of Iowa. In 1954, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan. After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1956, Mac returned to Iowa and got a job with the Iowa Department of Transportation’s office in New Hampton in 1957 where he worked for the next 39 years. While having lunch at Holly’s Cafe on Main Street in New Hampton, a young local waitress named Sharon Nosbisch caught Mac’s eye and would become the love of his life. On June 2, 1962, Mac and Sharon were united in marriage at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Hampton. It was the beginning of a loving marriage that lasted 58 years and produced four children – Lori, Pam, Brian, Cory – and 12 wonderful grandchildren. Mac and his “Angel,” his nickname for Sharon, would call New Hampton home for the rest of their lives. Mac was known by all who met him as a smiling, friendly, nice, and decent man. His faith, his family, and his friends were most important to Mac. As a proud convert to the Catholic faith, Mac was very active in his church for decades serving as a Eucharistic minister, lector, hospitality greeter, and parish council member. Mac was a devoted and loving husband and a supportive and generous dad. He loved spending time with his family providing lasting memories of fun get-togethers, big Christmas celebrations, and countless grill outs. In retirement, he enjoyed watching the school activities of his grandchildren. Mac loved to have a good time with his many friends throughout his life whether at the bowling alley, river, card club, golf course, or casino. After retiring from the DOT in 1997, he dedicated his time to volunteer work in the community. Mac and Sharon enjoyed taking numerous bus trips and eventually achieved their goal of visiting all 50 states. He was an avid supporter of all New Hampton High School sports, especially Chickasaw Baseball, to the very end of his life as well as being a life-long fan of his beloved Iowa Hawkeyes. In his free time, Mac liked to draw, color, and maintain various collections with meticulous perfectionism. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mac is survived by his wife Sharon; 2 daughters, Lori McDonald of New Hampton, Pam (Kevin) Hromidko of Coggon, IA; 2 sons, Brian (Tina) McDonald of Chanhassen, MN, Cory (Shelly) McDonald of New Hampton; 12 grandchildren – Zach/Tyler/Ryan/Conner (Lori), Brady/Erica (Pam), Whitley/Kailee (Brian), Cole/Alison/Hope/Jacob (Cory).