Date of Death: April 27, 2023
In accordance with family wishes, cremation has been conducted; no services are planned.
Robert “Bob” McDonald passed away on April 27th, 2023 at the age of 81. Robert was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, and friend and will be eternally loved and missed by anyone who was blessed to know him.
Robert was born on August 16th, 1941 to Carrie and Ralph McDonald and was the youngest of 4 children. He served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. He took his responsibilities in the service very seriously and it wasn’t until the last few years of his life that he felt comfortable sharing some of them with his family. He returned home and attended Ball State University where he graduated with a business degree.
Robert was introduced to the love of his life, Alicia, through his coworker and future mother-in-law while working at Guarantee Auto and attending Ball State University. Robert and Alicia were married on May 27th, 1967. They had three daughters: Tricia, Tracy, and Teresa.
Besides being an extraordinary family man, Robert also took time to volunteer with the Special Olympics and mentor students in the Three Rivers School System. Robert had a great sense of humor, a magnetic personality, and an unwavering loyalty to his family and friends. He was always in a good mood, constantly humming or singing, and his fun loving personality drew people to him. He was an excellent role model and father to his children and grandchildren, instilling compassion, acceptance, and patience in all of them.
Robert is survived by his wife, three daughters, and eight grandchildren.
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Rest in Heaven Bob you will be truly missed by the Brookdale Family!
I send my condolences to Bob’s family. I was so fortunate that Bob joined my team at Honeywell a few years before his retirement. He was our lead trainer for Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People course and was a role model for those principals every day. His gregarious personality and sense of humor always made our time together fun.
You probably know that his sense of humor saved him from a traffic ticket in England. He was there to conduct training at one of our facilities along with his training partner, a 70-year old lady. They were lost and late for the training and Bob was driving 20 mph over the speed limit. He was pulled over by the police. When the policeman came to Bob’s rolled down window, he asked Bob “Why are you driving so fast?” Bob pointed to his training partner in the passenger seat and said “I have to get her to the hospital, she’s pregnant and she’s in labor!” As Bob told the story, the policeman laughed and then provided them with directions to the Honeywell facility.
I have fond memories of him…
Never met you my friend but heard a million great stories about how wonderful a man you were. Rest in peace Sir. The Lothian family
Sending you all love and hugs. See you on the flip side Mr. McDonald. We loved you so much!
Rest in peace Bob
We will miss you
Lesley and Jason x