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Floyd "Skip" Donaldson

February 6, 1932 - August 3, 2018

Floyd V. Donaldson, of Etowah, North Carolina, born on February 6, 1932 in Wausau, Wisconsin, to the late Capidola Drews and the late Vernice Anderson, passed away at age 86 on Friday, August 3, 2018, at Four Seasons Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC. Skip grew up and attended high school in Kirkwood, Missouri. Floyd followed in the footsteps of his stepfather serving in the Navy from 1952 to 1954 in the Korean War. As a young father he worked in the sales industry as a sales manager at Sam Gordon’s Appliance and Scratch-n-Dent in Madison, NJ, until he retired in 1997. Floyd’s loving spouse of 27 years, Gayle, will miss her best friend mightily. She has been by his side through many activities, the telling of many stories and jokes, and in these later years of health complications. He was previously married twice. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Commander James H. Donaldson, Barbara Ann, his first spouse and mother of his 7 children, and two grandchildren, John Robert Donaldson, Jr. and Willow Ann Donaldson. Floyd is survived by sons, James Alan (Dana), Jeffrey Mark (Sharon), John Robert (Lori), and Michael Joseph; daughters, Jean Marie Donnelly (Paul), Judith Lynn Kostrowski (John II), and Janet Mary; stepsons, Edward Blaine Lobb and Franklin Lloyd Lobb (Joy); stepdaughter, Constance Gayle Lobb DiVincenzo (Kevin); half-sister, Dorothea A Donaldson (Fred Vander Werven) of Southampton, Long Island; and 16 grandchildren, John Kostrowski III, Samantha Lobb, Alexandra Donaldson, Kimberly Kostrowski, Madison Reinhart, Madison Donaldson, Matthew Reinhart, Hope Donaldson, Kaylee Donaldson, Ashlyn Donaldson, Gabriella Lobb, Thornton Lobb, Jordan Donaldson, Cody Donaldson, Graceson Lobb, and Zoe Donaldson. Skip loved Senior Games – various events, but mostly basketball, competing at local, state, and nationals and Silver Sneakers at SonRise Fitness in Etowah. These friends and those many special friends who gathered at the Etowah Coffee Shop. He was a member of Etowah United Methodist Church and attended MRLEC – an outreach for Seniors at Mills River United Methodist Church. He was involved in the Etowah Lions Club, Interfaith Assistance Ministry IAM, Welcome Wagon, and the Hendersonville Korea Veteran Chapter #314. He loved any connection to children whether through special school projects or the softball games hosted by the Lion’s Club. And there were children being served by IAM and those who attended EUMC. And he was drawn to serving with the large team of volunteers which operates the Fishes and Loaves sustenance project of EUMC providing assistance to those in need in Henderson County – always, the children were the heart of his work there. Anyone who so wishes may donate in Floyd’s name to Interfaith Assistance Ministry IAM in Hendersonville, NC, or to the Fishes and Loaves local mission project of EUMC. A small gathering of family and a few close friends will remember Skip in a private gathering at EUMC. Friends and family can pay their respects at a memorial service in New Jersey at a later date (TBA). Shuler Funeral Home is handling arrangements, 125 Orr’s Camp Rd, Hendersonville, (828) 693-5220.

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