John W. McDonald, 73, of Murray, KY died Monday March 11, 2019 at Murray-Calloway Co. Hospital in Murray, KY.
He was born April 21, 1945 in Mt. Vernon, OH to to William Levi and Martha Jane (Michael) McDonald.
On September 15, 1966 in Westerville, OH he married Joyce Ellen Kennedy, who survives.
Also survived by: daughter Kelly (Dr. Jeff) Chivington of St. Marys, OH
son Jon "Gene" (Shanna) McDonald of Cicero, IN
7 grandchildren: Noah Chivington, Aaron Chivington, Adam Chivington, Winston McDonald, Fiona McDonald, Amelia McDonald, Gideon McDonald
brother Dr. William McDonald of Charles, WV
brother Gordon McDonald of Columbus, OH
sister Shirley Blair of Bradenton, FL
mother-in-law Thelma Kennedy of New Lexington, OH
half-sister Patty McDonald of Mansfield, OH
sister-in-law Gloria (Richard) Wells of New Lexington, OH
sister-in-law Maria (Gary) Bowshier of Shawnee, OH
numerous nieces and nephews
Preceded in death by: father William McDonald; mother Martha McDonald-LeMasters
He was a graduate of:Wilmington College and held a Master's Degree in Organization and Communication.
He proudly served his country in the Ohio National Guard.
Mr. McDonald retired from the Murray State University, where he served as Director of Marketing and Public Relations.
His favorite pastimes included rebuilding and restoring antique radios and automobiles and was a fan of University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball program. The New York Yankees held a special place in his heart because of his Uncle Gene Michael.
Rites are scheduled to begin 2:00 p.m. Saturday March 16, 2019 at the Miller - Long & Folk Funeral Home (314 W. High Street Chapel) in St. Marys, with the Rev. Keith Stuck, officiating.
Burial, with military honors, will follow at the Resthaven Memory Gardens near Moulton, OH.
Visitation 4 - 7 p.m. Friday and after 12:00 noon on Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to his family via: www.millerfuneralhomes.net