Robert McDonald

March 14, 1960 - November 16, 2021

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Bob McDonald passed away unexpectedly on November 16, 2021. He is survived by wife Mary Beth, sisters Sherry McDonald and Cindy (Eric) Wilson, Sister-in-law Mary Ann McGreevey (Greg Drakulich) Brother-in-Law Jerry Woessner, and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and nieces-nephews-in-law.

Bob was a wonderful man, noted for his strong character, kindness, and humor, among many other traits. Bob enjoyed a good party, and was lovingly referred to as 'Captain Fun' by friends who enjoyed his company while on Kentucky houseboat adventures.
Friendship was important to Bob and he carried many early friendships to today, including Fred Domicone, Mark Price, Mike Buchhalter, Steve Osuna, Mark Titus, John Plenneke, Tim Andrews, Lyndsay McDonell, Bob (Bubba) Combs, Dave Garten and Logan Rogers, just a few of his many lasting friendships.
Bob was very close to his mother Mae, stopping by her home each day before work to make her breakfast and give her medications, plus scheduling, coordinating and accompanying her to medical appointments. It was important to him to be available to her when she wanted/needed him and he continued his morning visits even after she entered a nursing home.

Bob was a talented wood worker and operated The Cedar Chest in Fairborn, a custom woodworking shop, where he repaired, refinished and built many, many quality items over the years, included everything from walk-in closets, kitchen cabinets, tables, hutches, bookcases, etc., to piecing back together nostalgic items customers hoped could be saved.

There was literally nothing that Bob could not build or figure out how to repair/adapt, and he was often consulted for his expertisehe had a special talent and was always generous in lending a hand.

Bob had a curious nature, especially about the past and the future, and immersed himself either in historical facts/methods, or in future world scenarios. He often participated in living history events, presenting authentic demonstration of Pit Sawing, an early two-man method of sawing logs into boards for construction of houses and furnishings.

Bob loved television and movies and appreciated the escapism element, where he could immerse himself in a show or movie and escape for an hour or two.

When not glued to a show or movie, Bob enjoyed the outdoors, hiking and primitive camping, especially camping at "the farm", a plot of land his family has owned for many years. He was especially fond of camping in the wintertime.

In the late 1990's Bob and Mary Beth bought a circa 1840's house in Urbana, where they devoted much time in preserving and restoring their dream home. Mary Beth is thankful that she was able to learn many of Bob's handy traits under his guidance.

Bob recently took up the hobby of cigars and bourbon and greatly enjoyed a bourbon and a cigar. If you also partake, please think of him next time you enjoy a bourbon and/or cigar.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held on a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, 3620 E. State Rd, Port Clinton, OH 43452.

Arrangements entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, Ohio.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Chelsea Garten - Nov 20, 2021
Bob was a great man and a wonderful friend to my father, Dave Garten. I thought very highly of him. Condolences to his family and friends.
Nancy & Jeff Moore - Nov 19, 2021
Bob, you will be so missed! Your easy going nature and quick wit made you a delight to be around. You made the world a better place! We will hold a special place for you at the next campfire as we remember your talented guitar playing and love of nature. You will always be in our hearts. xoxo
Mark Titus - Nov 18, 2021
Bob has always been my best friend since we were infants. Being cousins made it like having another brother. I have never thought I could lose him. I will miss his generosity and joyful nature. The world has lost a great man.

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