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Steven Bradley McDonald, 57, of McLeansboro, formerly of Olney, passed away unexpectedly August 21, 2016 at his home. Steven was born October 26, 1958 in Belleville, the son of Herman Keith and Mary Sue (Johnson) McDonald.
Steve's childhood years were spent in different cities, including Enid, OK, San Francisco, Hahn Air Force base in Germany, Wichita Falls, TX, and Burkburnett, TX , where he graduated high school. Steven graduated from Olney Central College in 1980 with degrees in Solar Energy/Building Trades and Electrical Wiring Installation. While in Olney, he worked at Roadmaster and Embarras River Basin Agency. In 1989 he began working with Ray Black & Sons Construction in Mt Vernon as a foreman. In 2007 he became self-employed, starting RAC Building Solutions.
Steve was 'a fount of knowledge' when it came to anything to do with history. He was especially passionate about aeronautical history. Steve believed in working hard and fishing harder, instilling these values in his sons, with whom he loved spending time. He loved stargazing and could name the stars and constellations like they were old friends. Steve was a loyal brother, making it a priority to stay in close contact with his siblings. He was a great listener and very compassionate, which was what led him south to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. He was a talented builder, an avid reader, and a follower of Jesus Christ. He had attended First Baptist Church in McLeansboro. Steve loved nature and its beauty. He was accomplished with his bow and arrow and firearms until his love for the beauty of the animals became stronger than his desire to hunt. He was the picture-perfect outdoorsman.
Steven leaves behind sons, Ryan McDonald, Aaron McDonald (wife JoBeth), Corey McDonald (wife Fachon), all of Olney; grandchildren, Becca Zook, Levi McDonald, Violet McDonald and Baby McDonald due in December, parents, Col. H (Keith), USAF, Ret. and M. (Sue) McDonald, Seguin, TX; brother, Larry (Linda) McDonald, Dickinson, TX ; sister, Susan (Mark) Vara, San Antonio; brother, Scott (Staci) McDonald, Decatur; loving uncles, Larry D. McDonald and Greg Jacovinia, Portland, OR and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and loving friends. Steve will live on forever in our hearts.
Steven was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Amy L. Tate and Herman T. McDonald, maternal grandparents, Herman Johnson and Estella Stewart, special uncle, Alfred 'Buck' Johnson, and beloved canine fur baby, Kattie Jo.
Honoring his wishes, Steven was cremated. The Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro was in charge. A memorial celebrating Steve's life will be held later for family and friends. In Steve's honor, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Rescue Klub of McLeansboro. Condolences may be made online at http://steven-bradley-mcdonald.forevermissed.com
Published on October 12, 2016
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