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Memorial visitation Friday for John Everett Donaldson

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It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share the news that our son, brother, uncle, and friend, John Everett Donaldson, of Porter, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2015, at the young age of 53 years after being diagnosed this past February with lung cancer.

John was filled with love for his family, and they meant everything to him and he meant everything to them. Left to mourn and remember him are his loving mother, Geri of Porter, IN; brothers Steve of Hammond, IN and Mike of Monticello, IN; sisters Laura of Porter, IN, Linda of Whiting, IN, and Marilyn (Nutter) of Shakopee, MN; nephew, Alex; niece, Emily; and brother-in-law, Eric and his beloved and faithful canine companion Molly Doodle.

Preceded in death by his father, Everett, sister, Kathleen; Grandparents, William and Josephine Obremski; and his uncle, Gene Obremski.

John was born in East Chicago, Indiana, and grew up in Hammond and St. John. He graduated from Lake Center High School in 1980. One of John’s proudest achievements was serving his country in the United States Air Force. John earned many awards and accommodations while serving in Europe and the Middle East. John took great pleasure in meeting members of the community and enjoyed the friendships he made while as a manager at a family-oriented restaurant in Michigan City, IN.

John loved nature and the outdoors. Some of his favorite times were walking with Molly on the trails in the Indiana Dunes and playing with her in the dog park. John loved being an uncle and showered his nephew and niece with love, humor, and affection. John was the uncle who lived like a kid--always joking, laughing, and enjoying life. John believed in living an uncomplicated life.

He loved spring time and the feeling of renewal it brought to him. John took the time to appreciate the beauty life had to offer. He was the calming force in our family. He was the sunshine on our cloudy days. Always thinking of others before himself. He never missed an opportunity to call each of us on our birthdays to sing a “John original” rendition of “Happy Birthday." John was an amazing, gentle, and beautiful person. He leaves his family with a void that will never be filled.

He will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew him. We love you dearly, Johnny. In John’s honor, in lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your favorite local charity.

Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304. Private graveside services will be held with burial taking place at St. John - St. Joseph Cemetery in Hammond, IN.



Posted 5/13/2015




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