Richard “Ric” McDonald

March 27, 1947 ‒ September 28, 2018

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Richard McDonald, appreciated fishing and the outdoors, but also recognized time spent with friends and family.  Richard “Ric” McDonald passed away September 28, 2018 in his home.  He was 71.

He was born March 27, 1947 in Mansfield to parents Mary (Both) and Carl McDonald.  After he was graduated from St. Peter’s High School, he proudly served in the Air National Guard and was a member of AMVETS #43, and Irvin Hiskey Post #535 American Legion.

Richard worked at Gorman Rupp Industries for over 43 years until retiring in 2008.

To say Ric was a fisherman was an understatement! He loved getting away to Lake Erie  and  trips to Florida.  Ric held his concealed carry and enjoyed hunting and shooting.  He built bluebird houses for the Ohio Bluebird Trail as a member of the Bluebird Association. Also, he was a  member of the National Ski Patrol, enjoyed golfing, loved Alabama football, and cooking.

He is survived by his children Kari and Brad Smith of Burlington, KY, and Kevin McDonald of Dublin; their mother Judy Berry of Put-In-Bay; and four grandchildren McKenzie Smith, Mason Smith, Marley McDonald and Blaine McDonald, along with numerous cousins.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by a baby sister Janet Sue Liston who was born and died on December 26, 1940.

The McDonald family will receive friends Friday, October 12, 2018  from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home.  A brief service of celebration will follow, concluding with military honors on the grounds of the funeral home.  Celebrant Jerry Wilson will speak,  please come comfortable.

Contributions in Ric’s memory to Ohio Health Hospice, may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the McDonald family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at


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  • Kari Brad and family you are in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. Rejoice in the memories that you have to share and comfort each other. Blessings

  • Kari,Kevin and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.I worked for your dad 13 yrs. and know his family was everything to him.So sorry I won’ t be able to be at the funeral.

  • Kari, Kevin and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.