Donald Dean Cardwell Jr., 40, of St. Joseph, passed unexpectedly Oct. 12, 2019.

Donald ("Jr.") was born June 15, 1979, in St. Joseph, to the late Donald Dean Sr. and Mary Marie (Sipes) Cardwell.

He attended Lafayette High school and formerly worked at N.M.P.R.C.

Donald had an unforgettable sense of humor, loved music and "The Walking Dead" series. His favorite movie was A Star Is Born.

He loved his family dearly and would give them the shirt off his back.

Survivors: children, Ashley, Ondrea and Kreeden Cardwell; grandchildren: Madi, Mason, Brayden and Hazel; sister, Donna Swanson (John); nieces, Samantha Cardwell, Danielle Courter and Heather Brant; nephew, Jay Swanson; several great-nieces and nephews; and longtime friend, who was like a brother, Nathan Sollars.

Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.

Memorial service: 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.

Both services at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the funeral home, to help defray expenses. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.