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Donald McCormick

April 18, 1935 ~ November 27, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Donald McCormick Obituary

SGM Donald D. McCormick, USA (Ret’d), 88, of Fort Wayne and formerly of Black River Falls WI, died Monday November 27, 2023. He was born in Black River Falls on April 18, 1935, the son of (the late) Raymond and Marcella (Murray) McCormick. Donald, or “Donnie” as he was affectionately known to family & friends, graduated from Black River Falls High School with the Class of ’53. He was an avid sportsman and athlete; he participated in Basketball, Football and Track, and in his senior year was named “Outstanding Athlete for 1953”.  Donald went on to become a Park Ranger with the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, retiring in 1990. He also had a proud military career, serving 42 years with the Wisconsin Army National Guard, from 1952-1995. While serving with the Guard, he was mobilized to Ft. Lewis WA in support of the Berlin Crisis. In 1986, he participated in REFORGER in Germany. He was a member of the American Legion Miles-Hagen Post 200 in Black River Falls, where he served as Past-Commander. He was a member of the Lions Club and also enjoyed hunting & fishing. In Fort Wayne, he was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church. Donald is survived by Margaret McCormick of Fort Wayne, his wife of 42 years, and his son Patrick McCormick of Black River Falls; step-son, James (Suzanne) Zschernitz of Fort Wayne, step-daughter, Jennifer Zschernitz of Cottage Grove WI, step-son, Jason (Kathy) Zschernitz of Adams WI and step-daughter,, Janet (Dave) Johnson of McFarland WI; grandchildren, Kathleen Zschernitz of Columbus GA, Hailey (Michael) McBryde of Sun Prairie WI, Joshua Zschernitz and Rose Zschernitz, both of Bluffton IN, Amanda (James) Hostetter of Minneapolis MN, Audrey Johnson of Dalton GA, Eric Johnson of McFarland WI and great-grandchildren, Casper, Iris and Lily. In addition to his parents, Donald was also preceded in death by his sister, Janet Brill. Private family services will be held in Fort Wayne, with arrangements through Divine Mercy Funeral Home, 3500 Lake Ave. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Kevin Catholic Church in Melrose WI and burial in St. Malachy Cemetery with military honors. The family’s preferred memorials are Masses or donations to St. Jude Catholic School, 2130 Pemberton Dr., Fort Wayne IN, 46805. To share a remembrance of Donald or to offer condolences to his family, please visit

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