William Joseph McDonald

February 13, 1932May 15, 2015

William J. “Bill” McDonald, 83, of Independence, passed away Friday, May 15, 2015 due to a massive heart attack. Visitation beginning with rosary at 5:30pm & continuing until 8pm on Tuesday, May 19th at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 3736 Lee’s Summit Rd., Indep., MO. Mass of Christian Burial 10am Wednesday, May 20th, at the church with burial following at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Bill was born February 13, 1932 in Kansas City, MO to Gordon & Sadie McDonald. He was a graduate of De La Salle High School. Bill was a member of the Boy Scouts of America & a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic O Say. He was a member of the 110th Engineers National Guard for 13 years.

Bill began his career as a Roller Skating Instructor in 1952. He managed the B&G Roller Rink and in 1957, Bill & Dorothy became owners of the rink. In 1965 a new rink was built in Independence, named B&D. This was one of several rinks that he built in the Kansas City area. Bill was named a Life Member & Hall of Fame Member of the National Roller Skating Association of America and a 50 Year Member of the National Roller Skating Association of America. Bill was a Member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church since its beginning in the early 1960s. St. Mark’s used the Roller Skating Rink for Church for 2 1/2 years, while the church was being built.

Bill was an Independence City Councilman for 12 years. He previously served 11 years of the Independence Planning Commission and served on Mid-America Regional Council for 12 years. Bill received the Mid-America Regional Council 2002 Regional Leadership Award.

Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy; daughters, Mary Ellen Hughes (Edward) & Elizabeth Marie O’Neal (Robert); grandchildren, Brittany Marie & Bailey Elizabeth O’Neal and Sean Joseph & Meredith Cecilia Hughes.

In Lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1038, Independence, MO 64050 or to St. Mark’s Church. Online condolences to Arr: McGilley & Sheil Chapel, 11924 E. 47th St., KCMO 64133, 816-353-6555.


  • Rosary Service Tuesday, May 19, 2015
  • Visitation Tuesday, May 19, 2015
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 20, 2015

William Joseph McDonald

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June 28, 2015

one unselfish giving n caring gentleman

June 1, 2015

I also lived at the rink for many years. Dorothy it's Renee Chaney and I cherish all my memories from the rink! My love goes out to you and your family. It was a long time ago but my heart is with you.

Dianna Thompson

May 25, 2015

I lived at the rink. Bill and the McDonald family was like a second family to me. Thank u so much for everything u did for the youth then. Wish there were more people like u now

Gene Glover & family

May 22, 2015

Bill was a great guy & he will be missed by many. Thoughts & prayers for his family.

Peggy Young

May 20, 2015

Bill will certainly be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Patty (Orwick) Pierce

May 20, 2015

So sorry for your loss and the community's loss of such a kind man. We attended St Mark's along with the McDonald family and I do remember attending Mass at the skating rink while our Parish was under construction. Thank you to the McDonald family for some of the best memories of many weekends at the rink. I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. Deepest sympathy.

Ward Holman

May 20, 2015

Thank you Bill, for being an inspiration, skating teacher, and a nice guy. Best wishes to your loving family.

Catherine Lalla

May 20, 2015

So sorry for your loss! My sisters Nancy Lalla and Michele Lalla I as big sis took them every weekend then I had dates there also as I grew I took my children there also with Sycamore Hill room moms and Truman teens I took mine there also my St Marks Catholic Church is my home church as a grad of Truman High School we all loved Bill ! So thanks for the memories!!!

Michael and Pat Jacques

May 20, 2015

One of my most beloved skating family members. I will miss him dearly but rejoice in the memories I have of him and his wonderful family. Bless you all and may God
give you all the strength to carry on his legacy.

Karie Holt

May 19, 2015

Sorry for Ur family's lose my grandpa Shorty worked at b and d