David W. McDonald

March 28, 1940 ‒ January 27, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

David “Wonderful” McDonald, age 78, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Sunday January 27, 2019 at his residence.  He was born on March 28, 1940 in Columbus, Ohio, 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 on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; 101 E High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 with an hour prior of calling starting at 10:00 AM 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, Ohio 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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  • So sorry for your loss! I have such wonderful memories of Dave and your whole family as a kid and loved spending time at your house. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Bert,
    Sending sympathy and prayer to your entire family during this time. No doubt Claudia has welcomed your father to his eternal home.

    With sympathy,
    Katie Beach

  • My heart is saddened to hear of this sweet mans passing! We always enjoyed seeing him and Winnie at our many McDonald gatherings. You will be missed by many. Hugs and prayers to Winnie, Bert. Sam, and rest of his family. Tad and Joni

  • Winnie and family,
    I am sorry for the loss of your loved one. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Just know you are in my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead. 

  • Dear Winnie, Bert, Sam, and family,
    I so enjoyed the video. David’s laughter was always contagious. I smiled throughout the video. Loved seeing the McDonald Reunion pictures … to long ago.
    You have many wonderful memories of a very special husband and father. May you continue to live into those wonderful blessings.
    Love Debbie (Heffner) & Dan Ketcham

  • Bert and family,

    We are saddened to hear of your loss , you are in our thoughts and prayers
    Scott and Laura Waters

  • David set such a great example of how to give to others. He always gave of himself in all the Masonic work I participated in with him. He will be truely missed and I am so lucky to have known him. My heart goes out to all the family.

    Good Bless,
    John Beutel