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Kenneth Patrick McDonald was born December 16, 1935 in Wichita, Kansas. Ken overcame early challenges in life, learning to be independent and self-sufficient which led to his enlistment in the United States Air Force, where he served for four years.
Ken’s natural abilities communicating and interacting with people led to a successful career as a shoe sales representative selling to such stores as Nordstrom’s, Macy’s and The Jones Store. Ken was a natural salesman and enjoyed his work, travel and contact with people.
Ken had diverse interests and hobbies. He enjoyed working with burl wood; the unique shapes and ring patterns allowed Ken to create individualized, handcrafted works of art such as clocks and incorporated his talent as a painter, some of which are kept by his family as a testament of his craftsmanship.
Another of Ken’s passions was reading, consuming volumes of information, especially historical accounts as quickly as he could. A conversation with Ken could quickly turn into a lesson of unique facts and accounts not only from literature but from his own life experiences. He also enjoyed taking drives through the countryside, the outdoors, bird watching and was a lover of animals, especially cats.
Ken’s unique sense of humor will be missed. He enjoyed joking with and teasing his extensive family, young and old, bringing a smile to their faces in a mischievous way.
Kenneth Patrick McDonald passed away May 19, 2010 at the age of 74. He passed quietly, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, LaDonna; his sons and daughters, Renee’, Brian and wife Dana, Douglas and wife Amy, Claudine and husband David, Robert, and numerous grandchildren and soon-to-be great grandchildren.