Ralph Earl McDonald

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ralph Earl McDonald,75, of Arnold, Mo., a loving husband and father, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday November 14, 2016. Ralph was born to Clyde and Eloia McDonald in Rector Ark., on July 15, 1941.

He is survived by his two children, Perry (Brenda) McDonald and Valerie (Kenneth) Long; two grandsons, Shane McDonald and Andrew Long, a sister in-law, Charlene McDonald and brother in-laws James (Judy) Clayton and Cary Clayton.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Marilyn McDonald; his parents, Clyde and

Eloia McDonald and a brother, William McDonald

Ralph retired from Bristol Myers as a maintenance machinist manager. After retirement, he also worked at Lever Brothers, UMB Bank and Sears.

As a volunteer, Ralph was a Gideon and a transport tech at Missouri Baptist Hospital. At First Baptist Church of Arnold he served in many capacities. First he volunteered as a youth basketball coach where he met Richard Bowers who with his wife was instrumental in leading Ralph to the Lord. That was only the beginning of a long life of sacrificially serving the Lord as an Umpire, referee, and coaching in several church sport leagues, and finally Athletic Director many times over. He also served as Chairman of the Trustees, Chairman of the Deacons many times over, seventh and eighth grade Sunday school department director and head usher for many years--finally serving as a congregational counter as many of you could count on seeing him each Sunday with his clipboard in hand.

Second to his loving wife, Ralph took great joy in enjoying the life and times of his two grandsons. One, Andrew who he enjoyed tinkering around with many mechanical projects. Then, Shane who he would enjoy watching excel in various sporting events.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Woodland Heights Cemetery.

Those who wish may sign the online condolence book at www.irbyfuneralhome.com

In conclusion, Perry and Valerie and their families would like to thank each and every one of you for sharing in the life and times of Ralph and Marilyn McDonald.