DAVENPORT — Ben F. McDonald, 75, passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at Select Specialty Hospital surrounded by family and friends. Services are 10 a.m. today at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Burial will be at Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the family. Online tributes and condolences may be expressed by visiting www.rungemortuary.com.
He was born March 28, 1941, in Dora, Missouri, the son of Matthew “Mack” and Lora (Smith) McDonald. Ben graduated from Dora High School in 1959. He retired from Case IH in East Moline. Earlier, he drove a milk truck for many years. Ben was united in marriage to Carolyn Heather on March 6, 1976, in Davenport. He loved to spend time outdoors and to hunt, especially raccoons and rabbits. He bred beagles and loved animals. Ben was known for being sentimental and for the big hugs he gave. He loved his wife and all the girls in his life who knew him as “Papa Bear” and “G-Pa.”
Those left to honor his memory include his loving wife of 40 years, Carolyn; children, Kay Coyne, of Moline, Tom (Angie) Thomas, of Omaha, Nebraska and John (Sandra) Troxell, of Fort Myers, Virginia; 10 grandchildren, including special grandchildren, Tessa McIntyre, Megan McIntyre and Megan Mills; two great- grandchildren, David and Melody; siblings, Robert (Joyce) McDonald, Dora, Louise (Cliff) Dennis, of Hobbs, New Mexico, Ruthie Davis, Dora, and Janice (Lloyd) Mitchell, of Mountain Grove, Missouri; special niece, Kari (Gordon) Porter; special friend and elder, Eddie (Joyce) Lee; and special pet beagle, Louis.
He was preceded in death by his parent, siblings, Mary Cooper, Ada Easley, Dorothy Atha and Raymond McDonald, and son, Ed Thomas.