Obituary of Miles Donaldson (1929 – 2021) – Marion, IN

Miles W. Donaldson, MD, at the age of 92, Marion passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Wesleyan Health Care and Rehabilitation under the care of Heart to Heart Hospice.

Miles was born May 5, 1929 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of “RJ” and Mildred (Miles) Donaldson. On July 2, 1973, he married Freda Manning and she survived. Miles joined the military with his brother, Hale before their uncle who was the head of the editorial board could write them. Together they served in Korea.

After military service, following the tradition of both parents and siblings, he graduated from Miami of Ohio to Oxford, Ohio and was a member of PI Kappa Alpha. He then graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and interned at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana. He joined the medical practice of Dr. Eugene Rifner in Van Buren, Indiana and subsequently practiced private practice in South Marion. In 1973 he joined the new Marion Family Practice clinic with Dr Fred Dunbar and Dr Jim Botkin where he remained active until his retirement. During his years in practice, he held a variety of positions including Chief of Staff at Marion General Hospital and President of the Grant County Medical Society. He remained a member of the American Medical Association until his death.

Dr. Donaldson enjoyed being a doctor and taking care of his patients. He especially enjoyed delivering babies and watching them grow and eventually deliver their babies. He made lasting friendships with the people he worked with at Marion General Hospital and Marion Family Practice.

Dr. Donaldson was raised in the Presbyterian faith and married a Baptist in eastern Tennessee. They attended Morris Chapel Methodist Church until it closed. When asked about his religious beliefs, his response was, “Growing up in Dayton, a hardware store handed out rules for advertising. these words.”

In addition to his wife, Freda Donaldson of Marion, Indiana, he is also survived by his children, Dr. Marilyn Jean (Jack) Taylor of Dubuque, Iowa, Megan (Doug) Schroeder of Michigan City, Indiana, Jennifer (Alvin) Limiac from Marion, Amy (Dr Hong) Tjoa from Jefferson City, Tennessee, Jan (Dan) McClain from Ormond Beach, Fla. And Jon Scott (Solveig) Manning from Indianapolis, Indiana; seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and his first wife, Anita Donaldson.

He was predeceased by his parents, his three brothers and his sister.

Due to the Covid outbreak, there will be no visitation or funeral. However, the family would appreciate the comments, stories and memories shared online at Later, his ashes will be scattered on the family farm in Tennessee where he and Freda spent many happy days with their family and friends.

Arrangements are made at Raven-Choate Funeral Home, 1202 W. Kem Road, Marion, Indiana.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Marion-Grant County Humane Society, 505 S. Miller Avenue, Marion, Indiana 46953; or The Salvation Army, 359 N. Bradner Avenue # 3385, Marion, Indiana 46952.

Posted in Chronicle-Tribune on September 3, 2021.

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