Kenneth McDonald

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.


  1. Chris Nelson on May 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    LaDonna, I was so glad that I was able to get up there and see you. I am sorry that I wasn’t able to see Ken but I know you told him that I came by. If there is anytime that you want to go out or just talk, give me a call at 913-226-8570. I will remember all the times we sat outside in the rain at Delmar Gardens. Take care of yourself and I know that the kids will take care of you. Chris

  2. Kenneth Patrick Mc Donald on May 24, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    what year did he die ? I am his son from his first marriage.

  3. Kenneth Patrick Mc Donald on May 24, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    text me please

  4. Betty Billings on November 11, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    I am the oldest daughter of Rosalie, Ken’s sister. I have many memories of “Uncle Kenny”. I tried to contact Ken when his sister, my mother passed away in 2001. I wanted to let Ken know she had died. When they were young they only had each other and we’re very close. We lost touch in 1968, I am so sorry for your lost and ours. I have tried to contact Ken’s son and daughter from his first marriage and would welcome any help you could provide.

  5. Brenda McDonald on December 27, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Sorry for your loss. I am married to Kens son from his first marriage. We live in Denver Co.

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