LOUDONVILLE — Robert W. McDonald, 76, of Loudonville, died Friday evening, Oct. 11, 2013, at his home following a six-month battle with ALS.
Mr. McDonald was born June 20, 1937, in Fredericktown, the son of the late Arthur and Irene Elmira (Carter) McDonald. Robert was a 1955 graduate of Howard High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was an experimental mechanic in Testing and Development for The Flxible Co., Loudonville, for 43 years before its closing in 1996. He then worked until 1999 at the MCI plant, Loudonville. Robert was a member of River of Life Community Church, Butler; a former member of First Baptist Church, Loudonville; and the Mohican Valley Wings Chapter of the Gold Wing Club. His hobbies were woodworking and building furniture.
Robert is survived by his wife, Alice L. (Farmer) McDonald, whom he married July 24, 1960; his daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Paul Dawson of Perrysville; two grandsons, Shawn (Audrey) Dawson of Springfield and Matthew (Robin Wolf) Dawson of Perrysville; four brothers, Charles (Shaila) McDonald and Darrell (Karen) McDonald, both of Fredericktown, Glen McDonald of Mount Vernon and Neil (Patty) McDonald of Utica; and four sisters, Marcenia McFadden of Danville, Marcella Graham of Walhonding, Kathleen Hunter and Joyce McDonald, both of Mount Vernon. He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Edward, Carl and Lewis McDonald.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in River of Life Community Church, Butler, with Pastor Bill Lewis officiating. Burial, with military honors presented by the American Legion and VFW, will be in Loudonville Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in Lindsey Funeral Home, Loudonville. The McDonald family request memorial contributions be given to River of Life Community Church, 111 W. Elm St., Butler, OH 44822; or Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, OH 44805. Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.Byerly-Lindsey.com.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.