Edward Martin McDonald

edward mcdonald

June 26, 1937 ~ August 14, 2022

Born in: Graceville, Minnesota
Resided in: West Fargo, North Dakota

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Edward Martin McDonald, 85, West Fargo passed away Sunday, August 14, 2022 at Sanford Hospice House, Fargo.

Edward was born June 26, 1937 in Graceville, MN to Martin and Hildegarde (Zeiher) McDonald. He graduated from Ortonville MN High School in 1955 and worked for Strege Auto Parts for several years.
He married Kathy (Nein) Sauvageau on June 18, 1976 in Moorhead, MN. Their blended family became the “Nein (9) McDonalds” and they made their home in West Fargo, ND. He worked for Roger’s Autobody until he opened his own body shop, Snappy Autobody in Moorhead, MN. He also worked many years as the manager for Corwin Collision Center, retiring in 1999.

He was an active member of Valley Vintage Car Club for 38 years and restored many classic cars over the years. He also enjoyed spending time with his Valley Vintage Coffee group at the Fry’n Pan for over 20 years. Both Ed and Kathy also enjoyed attending many car shows.

He loved to spend time with his family and going camping, fishing in Canada and the annual family fishing derby on Cotton Lake.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kathy, West Fargo, ND; 7 children, Col. Gregory (Heidi) McDonald, Bismarck, ND, Suzanne McDonald, Twin Valley, MN, Gayle (McDonald) Jaeger, Detroit Lakes, MN, Lisa (Wade) Benson, Moorhead, MN, Lynette (Darin) Neuschwander, Fargo, ND, Chad (Robin) Nein, West Fargo, ND, Christy (McDonald) Thorns, Frazee, MN; 12 grandchildren, Jesika, Mitchell, McKenzie, Breana, Jade, Jared, Taylor, Parker, Alayna, Faith, Tanner, Tyler; 1 great-grandchild, Milo; sister, Carol Ekdahl and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother William Robert and brother-in-law, Dick Ekdahl.


Visitation - Friday: August 19, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Prayer Service - Friday: August 19, 2022 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Funeral Mass - Saturday: August 20, 2022 10:00 am

Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo
2711 7th St E
West Fargo, ND 58078

(701) 282-7217

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  1. Rest peacefully, Uncle Ed. Sending up prayers for Kathy and all the family.
    Love, Teresa (Crabby Jo) Brad, Bo and Annalise Johnson

  2. Rest In Peace Ed. Always enjoyed your participation at the Fryin Pan morning coffee. My condolences to your family. Loren Holscher

  3. I’m sorry for your loss. My sincere sympathies. I always enjoyed a visit with Ed at Valley Vintage events. He will be missed.
    Peter Woyen VVCC

  4. Condolences to you all. Always enjoyed seeing his work and visiting during car shows and meetings.

  5. My name is Dean Baker from Phoenix, originally from Fargo and a 40+ year member of the VVCC. Ed an I were great friends for so many years thru VVCC and the morning coffee time at the Frying Pan restaurant. Ed was a great friend and I will miss him. I send my most sincere sympathy to Kathy and the rest of the McDonald family. Love to you all.

  6. My deepest sympathy to Kathy and family. I always enjoyed visiting with Kathy and Ed at church. May Ed Rest In Peace. Sincerely, Nancy Elliott

  7. Darin and Lynette, Not only do I remember you all, but Ed was a great guy whom I had the pleasure of knowing for just about 40 years, way back to when I delivered parts to Corwins body shop as a young man. He was a great guy, always easy to get along/deal with, just a stellar individual. As unique as the “Ed mobile”. :))

    His presence and wit will be greatly missed!

    John Wilson

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