Thomas "Tom" O. McDonald

February 9, 1926 - June 12, 2020

Thomas O. McDonald, 94, of Batavia and formerly of Elgin and Norridge, passed away on June 12, 2020 in Batavia. He was born on February 9, 1926 in Maquoketa, IA to Ralph and Leita (nee Chrysler) McDonald.  He married Eleanor “Ellie” (nee Sincak) McDonald, on May 29, 1954 in Chicago at St. Pius Catholic Church.

Tom served in World War II with the 84th Infantry Division. He was in the Battle of Germany and awarded the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge. He used the G.I. Bill to pursue a degree in Architectural Engineering at Iowa State College and had a successful career as an architect and construction administrator for several architects’ offices and two shopping center developers.

Civic duties included being a board member and president of Norridge School District #80, a board member of High School District #234, and after retirement, was a twelve-year volunteer with English as a Second Language (ESL) program in the northwest Cook County Suburbs. He was also a member of the Park Ridge VFW Post #3579, Des Plaines Elks Post #1526, and Elgin Moose Lodge #799.

Tom and Ellie enjoyed visiting with their families, dancing on weekends with friends, and traveling in the United States, including visits to Alaska and Hawaii. Travel also included more that twenty-five different countries during the years they shared together.

Thomas leaves behind his three sons: Daniel (Lorel) McDonald of Palatine, Kenneth (Monica) McDonald of Lino Lakes, MN, and David (Wendy) McDonald of St. Charles, IL. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren: Meghan (Marcus) Bouboulinis, Kyle, Joseph, Bridget, Mackenzie, Jonathan, Zachary, and Caileigh-Anne.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ellie, and his brother James, who died in infancy.

In honor of Tom, please consider a donation to the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, Covenant Care Hospice, or Honor Flight Chicago.

Services will be private.

Thomas will be entombed at All Saints Catholic Cemetery in Des Plaines.

Arrangements entrusted to Moss Family Funeral Home 630-879-7900 or

Guest Book

  • Charlie & Merri Ellen We are so sorry for your loss. We wish we could take away your pain, but at least Jehovah can and will. We are sending you a big hug so that you know how much we love you. Your whole family is in our thoughts and prayers.
  • Bill and Mimi Aquino Tom will be remembered as a kind gentleman who loved this wife and family dearly. He loved life and showed it through his travels, dancing and talking about all the places he visited with Ellie. It was an honor to know both Tom and Ellie.
  • Mike, Debbie and Mary We are so sorry for your loss. While we look forward to the fulfillment of Rev 21:3-4 may you find comfort in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father (2 Cor 1:3-4).
  • Diane Evangelista May your fond memories of this good man, father, father-in-law, and grandfather bring you peace. As a friend of Dave and his family, please know I keep your whole family in my prayers. (Acts 24:15)
  • Dwight and Robin Washington We pray your family find comfort in knowing your dear father ( grandfather) is resting with no pain . Our heavenly father promises one day soon we will see our love ones again. ( John 5:28,29)
  • Christopher & Janet Loomis The world is diminished by the loss of this man; Tom and Ellie were the epitome of "the Greatest Generation". As friends of Dave and his family, it was our privilege to get to know Tom and Ellie and their sons and grandchildren. Our condolances to Tom's family and friends.
  • Chaplain Stephen Weber Park Ridge/ Niles VFW Post 3579 sends our sincere condolences to the family of Architect Tom McDonald, WWII member of VFW 3579. Thank you for your service to our country. VFW Chaplain Steve Weber
  • Mel & Jean Chase Dave & Wendy So sorry to hear of your loss. May Jehovah help all of your family with the hope of the resurrection. May peace fill your hearts as you lean on Him The Chases