William J. McDonald
June 2, 1936 – August 5, 2019
William “Bill” McDonald, 83 of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2019 with his wife by his side. Bill was born on June 2, 1936 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Preceded in death by mother, Anna (McDonnell) McDonald; father, Norman McDonald; and brother, Scott McDonald. Survived by wife, Mary McDonald; daughters: Andrea Marboe (John), Leah Distel, Laura McCann (Paul), and Jennifer Custer (Lance; seven grandchildren: Zach Distel, Drew Distel, Della Distel, Charlotte Marboe, Vivian Custer, Chloe Custer and Madeline McCann; brother, Donald McDonald (Sue); and beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
Bill graduated from Vocational High School where he focused on a career in Culinary Arts. After graduation, he served in the United States Navy, stationed at the Brooklyn Naval Yard and also in San Diego. He had a career in food service that spanned decades and ranged from college feeding to throwing large parties at Mutual of Omaha while working for the Saga Corporation. The latter portion of his career was spent working at the Swanson Corporation in Omaha, Nebraska.
Bill will be remembered for his sense of adventure, as a good husband and father, a loyal friend and wonderful gardener. His love of traveling, food and good wine culminated in many overseas trips with Mary. He cherished being in gourmet group with his neighbors, playing bocce with his son-in-law Paul, neighbor Dave and his best friend Neil. He spent hours in his yard planting cutting flowers that he knew his wife would love and tending to his vegetable garden. His grandchildren loved getting spontaneous cards in the mail with surprises.
SERVICES: Friday, August 9th at 11am at the West Center Chapel with luncheon to follow. Interment with military rites: Friday, 2pm at Omaha National Cemetery, 14250 Schramm Road in Omaha. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Westside Church Food Pantry, 15050 W. Dodge Rd. in Omaha; or to the Wounded Warrior Project.