Kenneth Dean McDonald

5 August, 193017 November, 2020


Kenneth “Rocket” McDonald, 90, of Coldwater passed away on November 17, 2020. He was born August 5, 1930 in Coldwater. He played football at CHS, Class of ’49, as a running back where he earned the nickname “Rocket”. He went on to marry his high school sweetheart, Jane Morgan, the love of his life.

Ken and Jane enjoyed their family life, raising 3 children in Coldwater. He worked 40+ years as the pressman at the Coldwater Daily Reporter before he retired. He enjoyed fishing, golf, family poker, fireworks, photography, shooting pool with friends at The Burnside Center, and trips to the casino. He was a lifelong member at St Paul’s Lutheran Church. Funny, generous, caring, a good friend and father, he was always there to help when he could.

He was preceded in death by Jane, his wife of 52 years, son Mike and daughter-in-law Daniele, daughter Kathy Rasler, and brother Richard.

Ken is survived by Matt and Jenni McDonald, Mark and Cindy Rasler, grandchildren: Matt and Tim Rasler; Jake, Julie, Aubrey, and Ben McDonald; Kelli McDonald and Mike Gonzalez; Erica Long and Olivia Winters; Chelsea, Billy, and McKenna Castro; Emily McDonald; and the Morgan clan that has kept Kenny in their hearts.

Memorial contributions may be made to: H & C Burnside Center, 65 Grahl Drive, Coldwater, MI 49036.

A memorial service is postponed until it is safe to gather. We are hoping for summer 2021.


Kenneth Dean McDonald

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Chelsea Castro

23 November 2020

We’ll miss you grandpa. I wish we’d gotten to visit each other more over the years, but the gifts of your loving heart and sense of humor will remain with us always. We have pictures in the hallway of all of you; you, Grandma Jane, and Dad when he was a just a toddler. I cherish them and promise to keep them up forever, and to make sure the kiddos know where they come from.

Say hi to the family for me.

Love, Chels

Mike Murphy

23 November 2020

Such a warm and wonderful man with a great sense of humor who also with his wife raised a great family.

Duane Crisp

23 November 2020

What a joy to have known Kenny McDonald. My best to Matt and Mark. A bright light has gone out. Miss you Rocket.

Kevin Reed

18 November 2020

Ken was such a good neighbor.
He will be missed greatly!