MOUNT VERNON — David “Wonderful” McDonald, 78, of Mount Vernon, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at his residence. He was born March 28, 1940, in Columbus, to the late Richard McDonald and Virginia Dohmen-Collins.

David graduated from North High School in Columbus and joined the United States Navy where he served proudly as a Plank Owner on the USS Enterprise. He attended Ohio State University after his time in the Navy. He worked for many years for Western and Southern Financial Group. After retiring, he and his wife Winnie worked with adults with developmental disabilities for 18 years.

He was a member of the Masonic Thrall Lodge #170 F&AM and the Mount Zion Lodge #9 F&AM, York Rite, Chapter Royal Arch Masons, Clinton Chapter #26 and Kinsman Counsel #76. David was a member of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon, as well as a member of the Knox Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. David enjoyed being a member of the Centerburg Conservation Club. He loved fishing and target shooting, most of all he loved his wife, kids, grandchildren and his canine companions.

He is survived by his loving wife, Winnie (Dalie) McDonald; sons, Bert McDonald, Sam (Susan) McDonald; grandchildren, Alexa, David, Maya, Isabel, Ethan, and Esme; sisters, Dorothy Smith, Rebecca Difransco; a brother, Rick McDonald; numerous nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, David is preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Claudia McDonald.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; 101 E. High St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050, with an hour prior of calling starting at 10 a.m. at the Parish House.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Knox County Special Olympics; Attn: Linda Kerr, 3683 Morgan Center Road, Utica, OH 43080.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of David W. McDonald.


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