George Mitchell Donaldson, 87, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. George was born in Melstone on Nov. 28, 1924. He was the fifth child of William and Mildreth Donaldson.
George entered the U.S. Army Air Force after graduating from high school, He served his country during World War II with the 8th Air Corps, stationed in England. He started in the electrical business after attending Billings Business College. George then worked for Montana Power as a clerk in the Billings office.
"When I first started with the cooperative, they had just energized their first line," George said.
George later became the manager of the Sheridan Electric Cooperative in Medicine Lake, Mont. He retired after 40 years of service. He was also one of the original incorporators of the North Central Data Cooperative, Mandan, where he served as president for six years and member for 19 years. He was also one of the original incorporators of Mid-West Electric Consumers Associated Utilities, serving as secretary-treasurer for more than 10 years.
George married Margaret Racz and together they had four children. George later married Joyce Blodgette. George and Joyce moved to Billings in 1988.
George Donaldson was a kind and gentle man. He had a dignified manner and a quiet demeanor. He was devoted to his family and in turn, his children were devoted to him. He was their anchor and the light which they all gathered around. Quiet and unassuming, George Donaldson leaves a legacy of loyalty and love.
George was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Helen; brothers, William and John; first wife, Margaret; second wife, Joyce; stepdaughter, Diane; and infant daughter, Julia.
He is survived by his sister, Eldora Bokovoy of Bozeman; daughters, Paula (Tom) Fenton of Helena, Marcia (Dan) Helquist of Oregon, and Barbie Donaldson of Billings; son, Kevin (Desiree) of Laurel; stepdaughter, Val (Les) Abenroth of Plentywood; stepson, Steve (Sheila) Buschette of Billings; and son-in-law, Dave Patterson of Medicine Lake. George is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
The Donaldson family would like to thank Rocky Mountain Hospice, Synergy, A+, and Visiting Angels for all of the wonderful care given to George.
Visitation is from 1 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, at Smith's Funeral Home West. Memorial service is Monday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. Memorial gifts can be sent to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, 386 Park Ave. S., 17th Floor, New York, NY 10016.