James Donaldson

James Martin Donaldson, 90, of Lakeland, Florida, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at the Community Heart and Vascular Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born July 10, 1929, in Auburn, Indiana, to Newell and Georgia Phelps Donaldson. He was inducted into the US Air Force on Sept. 20, 1950 in Indianapolis and rose to the rate of Sergeant serving during the Korean War era in Headquarters, 34th AD. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 19, 1954 at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, receiving the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He married Carolyn J. Gonser in 1953 and they had four children. He was a charter member of Elks Club No. 1978 in Auburn and as an officer. He worked for Borg Warner Company in Auburn and was later chief engineer at Safeguard PowerTech Systems, Federal Gear Division in Kendallville, Indiana. He then became an advanced transmission designer at GM Hydra-Matic in Ann Arbor, Michigan, until his retirement in 1995. He was a humorist, tinkerer and inventor, holding several patents in his name and was published with projects underway until his death. He enjoyed all sports — especially basketball and softball — and was an avid golfer and loved traveling.

Survivos include his wife of 66 years; his sons, Mark Donaldson of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Eric Donaldson of Denver, Colorado and Roger Donaldson of Casselberry, Florida; his daughter, Laura Lyons of Valrico, Florida; and five grandchildren, six great grandchildren and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Joe Donaldson.

Memorial services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel, in Madison, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery there.

A final salute with full military honors will be conducted on Monday at the Chapel conducted by the Major Samuel Woodfill American Legion Post No. 9 and the US Air Force Ceremonial Unit.

Services provided by the staff of the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery and the Morgan & Nay Funeral Center in Madison. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com.

Cora Russell

Cora Elizabeth Mercer Russell, 76, of Madison, Indiana, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at her home in Madison.

She was born Dec. 12, 1943, in Muncie, Indiana, to William Mercer and Birdie Combs Mercer. She was raised in Muncie, attended school there and married Richard Raymond Russell Sr. and they had three children. She lived most of her adult years in Warsaw, Kentucky, until moving to Madison 30 years ago. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Perry Park, Kentucky. She was a member of the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion Auxiliary for the past several years, enjoyed spending time with her family, her dog Baby, yard sales and working puzzles.

Survivors include a daughter, Cathy S. Russell of Madison; a son, Richard Raymond Russell Jr. of Madison; a grandson, Richard Steve Russell of Madison; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1990; a daughter, Debbie Marksberry, in 2011; her sisters, Addie Duncan and Alice Riley; and her brothers, William Claudie Mercer and Lee Mercer.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cora Russell Remembrance Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com.