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We want to thank everyone who has expressed their condolences and shared memories of Doug with us. Doug would be overjoyed with the outpouring of love since his passing. Please leave tributes, and share your memories and photos with us on here.

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“It's been over a month since your passing and it still seems unreal. There are many things going on and I wish u were here to talk to and give me...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: Alana - Indianapolis, IN

“Kathy and family: My thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times. May God be with you during your grieving and let you know that...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: Terri Gilbreath - Martinsville, IN

“Well Douglas and Kathy I have thought long and sadly for several days about what to say in memory of my friends best friend. Kathy found Doug at a...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Sheila Mueller Keck - IN

“My heart weighs so heavy as i begin..My heart goes out to all the MacDonald family may you all find peace in your hearts! I will always cherish all...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Michelle Rhoades - wayne lakes, OH

“After over a decade, there are so many memories, but the one that keeps coming to mind is Doug, leaving to run an errand. Liquor or grocery run,...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Elaine Sweeney - Indianapolis

“Doug was always Jenny's cool big brother when I think about him. The picture of him standing by the old green Ford truck is exactly the way I...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: Michelle Grottle Wright - Dallas, GA

“Doug was always Jenny's cool big brother when I think about him. The picture of him standing by the old green Ford truck is exactly the way I...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Michelle Grottle Wright - Dallas, GA

“I met Doug in 1982, when he was kind enough to let a group of Jen and her OU friends stay with him on our road trip to the Indy 500. He passed out...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Rick Mutnansky - Seminole, FL

“Sorry for your loss,your family is in our thoughts and prayers ”
9 of 31 | Posted by: cindy and the whole Hayes family - OH

“Doug was more than a neighbor to my family he was a dear friend. Moving back into the neighborhood as an adult with my children I never had any...Read More »
10 of 31 | Posted by: Amanda Stone - Carmel, IN

“After reading all the beautiful tributes and memories of Doug there is not much more one can say. I am glad he was there for my beautiful daughter...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: Barbara Lindsay - Vincennes , IN

“After reading all the beautiful tributes and memories of Doug there is not much more one can say. I am glad he was there for my beautiful daughter...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Barbara Lindsay - Vincennes , IN

“Doug, you made going to work so much more enjoyable. I will never forget taking you home on the last day we worked at GM to begin your retirement. ...Read More »
13 of 31 | Posted by: Big Steve Wilson - Indianapolis, IN

“Uncle Doug, I was always excited to see you when we had our little family reunions in Ohio. I have fond memories of you playing guitar,...Read More »
14 of 31 | Posted by: Alex Graziano - Burke, VA

“To Doug's family, We live in the River Heights neighborhood and were very sad to hear the news about our neighbor Doug. We did not know Doug well...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: Chris Welsh - Indianapolis, IN

Mikaela And Doug(: “I remember the day the power went out at the house and Me, Grandma Kathy and Marta dragged Doug outside and Got Doug to take pictures with us. Also i...Read More »
16 of 31 | Posted by: Mikaela Shyann - Indianapolis, IN

“<3 ”
17 of 31 | Posted by: Heather - friend

“Dear Doug, You are sure going to be missed. Everytime i would see you , i felt at home. You had a habbit of doing that , making people feel at home...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Marta Galvis - Indianapolis, IN

“Doug, I have so many memories with you!! The farm, the Keys, partying at your house, cookouts, the trip to Michigan, playing cards (my royal flush),...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: Katina Tylicki - Indianapolis, IN

“I remember meeting Doug at a Family gathering that I was there for. I remember Doug being a very nice and easy to talk to person even though I only...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: Kirstin Bauer - Indianapolis, IN

“Doug, you've been a part of my life for nearly 20 years, seeing you go is not easy and my heart aches for one more conversation with you. When you...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: Lacey Nix - Indianapolis, IN

“To Cathy and all of Doug's family, My deepest sympathy is for you and your loss. Doug was the first person I met when Abby and I moved...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Jesse Linville - Sheridan, IN

“Kathy and family what I remember is the way you all took my family in and walked beside my sister through everything never judging and always loving!...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Dawn and Mitch Reynolds - IN

“Kathy and family what I remember is the way you all took my family in and walked beside my sister through everything never judging and always loving!...Read More »
24 of 31 | Posted by: Dawn and Mitch Reynolds - IN

Me and my brother 1999. “Doug I love you and will miss you terribly. Rest in peace. Illyce ”
25 of 31 | Posted by: Illyce Mac Donald - Scotts, MI

“Doug... You were funny and sweet and will be missed by many people whose lives you touched. To his Family: I am deeply sorry for you loss. Anyone...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Tracy Crusenberry - Mooresville, IN

“I only met Doug once and maybe twice. However I could tell within those few short meetings that he was a caring person. I will remember his...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: Sandy DeWitt - Indianapolis, IN

“Amanda ~ I am so sorry for your loss honey, I know how much you loved your dad and will miss him deeply, Think of all the 'Good Memories' you shared...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: Dolores Sone - Palm Springs, CA

“Doug i wish i had more time to get to know you but the short times i was around you,you made my laugh and smile and for me that can't be replaced.I...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Steven M.Jamell - Indianapolis, IN

“We both loved music and sports and shared a lot because of it. Rest in Peace my friend. The journey continues.............. ”
30 of 31 | Posted by: Rev. Bradley K Moore - Lansing, MI

“Dear MacDonald Family, There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. We, along with our staff, are honored and...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center - IN


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What a Long Strange Trip It's Been

Our friend, husband, father, brother and grandpa Douglas J. MacDonald was born September 18, 1956, in Toledo, OH, the son of the late Smead and Dora (Patridge) MacDonald. He attended Trenton High School in Michigan where he was captain and an All-State wrestler and graduated in 1974. Doug was a Michigan State Spartan (GO GREEN, GO WHITE) and obtained a bachelor's degree in entomology.

After college, Doug moved to Indianapolis to work for GM Truck and Bus as a forklift operator. He retired in 2008 after 31 years of service.
Doug was an avid Grateful Dead fan who loved playing guitar for family and friends and was a guitarist for "The Loosest Band in the World".

Doug loved the outdoors and enjoyed mushroom hunting, rock hunting, fishing and camping in Metamora. He was particularly fond of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the Two Hearted River where he owned and spent time remodeling his cabin.

Doug was a very talented gardener. He loved spending time tending each of his gardens and was very proud of his strawberry patch, rock garden and corn crops. Doug was often in the garden, sampling what he grew and sharing his knowledge with his grandchildren.

Doug was known for making the hottest salsa in town with fresh ingredients from his garden. When his children were young he took them to El Matador frequently and spawned their love of Mexican and spicy foods.

During Sunday football Doug was the life of the party and loved hanging with his family and the "underground crew". He was the Colts number one fan and the Spartan's loudest voice. Regardless of a winning or losing season, Doug was a faithful fan.

More recently, Doug developed a knack for scrapping and his driveway was always full of metal. Doug enjoyed the thrill of seeing how much money his collection could bring him.

Doug leaves behind his friend and loving wife of 14 years, Kathy. Their favorite moments together were in the morning when the phones weren't ringing, they could work on their crossword puzzle and just talk.

He is survived by children, Christopher Tylicki, Althea (Sean) Cooper, Alana MacDonald, Amanda MacDonald, Jake (Stephanie) Nix, Lacey (Reggie Martin) Nix; 16 grandchildren, Christina, Autumn, Zakk, Mikaela, Eveneus, Alysha, Landon, Bryce, Brittnie, Claira, Alex, Ryder, Caleb, Kaiden, Rubie, Adrianna; two sisters, Illyce (Frank) MacDonald, Jenny (Rick) MacDonald; and a brother, Denny MacDonald. He was preceded in death by a son, Donnell Beard.