He was born Aug. 14, 1921, in Pea Ridge, Ala., the son of Joseph and Vannah Lou (Strange) McDonough and attended schools in Alabama.
During World War II, he entered the U.S. Army at the age of 16 and saw duty in the country of Panama. He continued his military service by enlisting in the U.S. Navy where he served in the Pacific Theatre. He participated in the Battle of Leyte in the Philippines. Joe was honorably discharged with the Philippine Liberation Medal, Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
On July 7, 1941 he married the former Evelyn R. Walstrom in Lincoln Park, Mich. They moved to Manistique in 1947 and raised their family in the area. Evelyn preceded him in death on Feb. 3, 2009.
Upon moving to Manistique, Joe worked with his father-in-law, Andrew Walstrom, at the Locker Plant (meat processing plant) on Oak Street in Manistique. He had also worked at Hoholik’s Dairy and served as custodian at the Zion Lutheran Church in Manistique. Joe later joined the City of Manistique Department of Public Safety and served with the department for over 20 years. He retired as the Director/ Chief of Police in 1983.
He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Manistique, the Schoolcraft County V.F.W. Post No. 4420 of Manistique, and served on the board of Manistique Housing Commission. Over the years Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He was an avid Michigan sports teams fan.
Joe is survived by his sons, James (Shirley) McDonough of Manistique, and Daniel (Kathy) McDonough of Manistique; daughter, JoAnn Torreano of Menominee, Mich.; daughter in-law, Judy McDonough of Shawano, Wis.; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Ronald McDonough; and his son-in-law, Dennis Torreano.
A memorial service honoring the lives of Joe and Evelyn McDonough will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Manistique with Reverend David Hueter officiating. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m., at the church, prior to the service.
Burial with veteran honors will be held in the Fairview Cemetery at Manistique.
Memorial donations may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church of Manistique.
Messier-Broullire Funeral Home of Manistique is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.