Thomas McDonald

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Thomas “Tom” McDonald, 72, of Freeburg, IL, born July 4, 1950, in Belleville, IL, died Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at his residence.

Mr. McDonald worked as a coal miner before retirement.  He was a member of the Freeburg Sportsman’s Club and was an avid outdoorsman. He especially loved to hunt and fish. Tom enjoyed traveling west to Yellowstone National Park. He loved nothing more than spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence B. and Fleta L., nee Mitchell, McDonald; a brother, Paul (Missy) McDonald; a niece, Libby McDonald; a nephew, Clayton Melvin; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Russell and JoAnn Kern.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte “Charly” nee Kern, McDonald; two daughters, Amy (Mark) Tidwell and Laura (Eric) Beatty; a son, Thomas (Rachael) McDonald; five grandchildren, Madelyn and Audrey McDonald and a sister on the way, Emory and Harper Tidwell, and Emma Beatty; four sisters, Jane (Ted) Gale, Sheila (Phill) Richardson, Ann (Bruce) Weik, and Mary Melvin; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Family Hospice. Condolences may be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 27, 2022, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, November 28, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, November 28, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Dale Weber officiating.

Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.



11 Comments on Thomas McDonald

Mary & Jerry Vielweber said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Charly, family, the furbabies, and Mary, So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. You have our deepest sympathy. Sending you hugs and comfort.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Jackie (Barnes) Marshall said : Guest Report Nov 26, 2022 at 7:15 PM

So very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Alton
  • Il
Tom and Laura Gauch said : Guest Report Nov 25, 2022 at 8:27 PM

Dear Charly and family, Our sympathy to you at this time. I remember he liked to cause mischief in high school. Gave me lots of giggles. Remembered fondly.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
John Whitmore said : Guest Report Nov 25, 2022 at 8:00 PM

My condolences to Charly and the rest of the family.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Connie Stiehl said : Guest Report Nov 25, 2022 at 7:02 PM

So sorry for your loss. I remember going to our basketball games & rooting Tom & our Midgets on to victory. He will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Roger A Jenkins said : Guest Report Nov 25, 2022 at 4:35 PM

Sorry for your loss Charlie..Max was...well Max, will be missed

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Barbara Logan said : Guest Report Nov 25, 2022 at 4:21 PM

Accept my sympathy, Charly and family Thinking of you and holding you in prayer. Barbara Barttelbort Logan

  • IL
Vicki Rohde said : Guest Report Nov 24, 2022 at 10:40 AM

So sorry for your loss! With my deepest sympathy! Vicki Rohde

  • St.Libory
  • Illinois
Kathryn Lyn Cook (McDonald) said : Guest Report Nov 24, 2022 at 10:34 AM

Tom was very special to my family. We spent many times camping and fishing at Sportsman's Club. I remember my daughter being scared of him when she was a little girl and I used to call him Jesus when I was younger! He lived right down the alley from my Grandma Katie and helped her a lot after my Grandpa Paul was gone. He was just a wonderful person. I will miss him dearly.

  • Wood River
  • IL
Jim & Kate Shively said : Guest Report Nov 24, 2022 at 9:32 AM

We wish to convey our sincerest sympathy. Will remember Tom in our prayers. Jim & Kate

  • Belleville
  • IL
Danielle Pirkle Poettker said : Guest Report Nov 23, 2022 at 8:26 PM

I am so sorry for your loss Charlie! My prayers go out for you and your family.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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