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OBITUARY

Rev. Robert E. "Bob" McDonald

August 26, 1936July 31, 2019

Palm Bay, FL-Rev. Robert E. “Bob” McDonald, 82, of Palm Bay, formerly of Springfield, IL, passed away at 5:08 pm Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Palm Bay Hospital in Palm Bay, FL.

Bob was born in Sullivan, IL, August 26, 1936 the son of Charles P. and Lelia (Cox) McDonald. He married Margaret “Johanne” Barlet in Paris, IL February 27, 1960 and she survives. He is also survived by his son, Robert McDonald Jr, of Atlanta, GA, two grandchildren; Robert (Emily) McDonald III of Ferndale, MI and Courteney (James) Echols of Palm Bay, FL. He has three great grandchildren, a step brother, Jerry Rankin, step sister Margaret Davis, two half brothers, David and Dewey Rankin, and several nieces and nephews. His daughter, Rene Scroggins and a sister (Delores) preceded him in death.

Bob was a graduate of Christian Theological Seminary and was ordained Elder in 1965. He served several churches during his ministry including Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, Springfield, IL and the First United Methodist Church in Watseka, IL, retiring in 2000.

Bob was a member of the Illinois Great Rivers conference of the United Methodist Church and in his spare time had a passion for gardening (especially flowers) and doting over his great grandchildren. He and Johanne moved to Palm Bay in 2018 to be near family, but never lost his fondness for Springfield. Cremation rites have been accorded.

A memorial service will be held at Douglas Ave. United Methodist Church in Springfield, IL. on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Rev. Margaret Ann Jessup and Rev. Meredith Brown will officiate. The family will greet friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

Those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the Douglas Ave United Methodist Church, 501 S. Douglas Ave, Springfield, IL 62704.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bischfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West. 217-544-5424

  • FAMILY

  • Charles Potter McDonald, Father (deceased)
  • Lelia McDonald, Mother (deceased)
  • Margaret Johanne McDonald, Wife
  • Rene E. Scroggins, Daughter (deceased)
  • Robert "Bob" McDonald Jr, Son
  • Robert McDonald III, Grandson
  • Courteney (James) Echols, Granddaughter
  • Jerry Rankin, Step-Brother
  • Margaret Davis, Step-Sister
  • David Rankin, half-brother
  • Dewey Rankin, half brother
  • There are three great grandsons
  • DONATIONS

  • Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, August 16, 2019

Memories

Rev. Robert E. "Bob" McDonald

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Rick & Pat Barker

August 14, 2019

Joanne we are so sorry to hear about Bob. Unfortunately we are out of town and unable to attend. I will never forget him just coming in and helping himself to the coffee pot when he needed a break! He helped our family through some difficult times and was a dear friend who will be forever in our hearts and memories.

Andrew Newhall

August 10, 2019

Bob is my first memory as far back as I can remember. I member Bob taking me for a Starkiss pop at dairy queen after church. And when we saw him though the years how genuinely happy he always was to see us and how nice he always was. I'll miss you Bob

Rusty Isaiah Downs

August 10, 2019

Joann and Family,

I am so very sorry for your loss of Rev. McDonald. He had a “Heart For Worship” and his Christ Walk inspired so many!

I remember the wonderful times we shared together at Douglas Avenue. Serving God and helping a congregation grow in God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I still enjoy those precious embroidered pillow cases You so lovingly created for me one Christmas!

As my late Gramma Kate Downs would say, “Rev. McDonald is now with Our Lord Jesus and knows all the Secrets now!”

May God Surround you and your family with His Heavenly Peace and May the Heavenly Host of Angels watch over and protect each of you!

God’s Peace
God’ Love
God’s Comfort
God’s Amazing Grace

In Christ's Love,

Rusty Isaiah Downs
“Sparky”

Jerry Hirstein

August 9, 2019

We were so sorry to hear about Bob. He was a kind, wonderful man. You were both a strong pillar of hope during a very sad period in our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Jerry & Karen Hirstein

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Palm Bay, FL-
Rev. Robert E. “Bob” McDonald, 82, of Palm Bay, formerly of Springfield, IL, passed away at 5:08 pm Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Palm Bay Hospital in Palm Bay, FL.

Bob was born in Sullivan, IL, August 26, 1936 the son of Charles P. and Lelia (Cox) McDonald. He married Margaret “Johanne” Barlet in Paris, IL February 27, 1960 and she survives. He is also survived by his son, Robert McDonald Jr, of Atlanta, GA, two grandchildren; Robert (Emily) McDonald III of Ferndale, MI and Courteney (James) Echols of Palm Bay, FL. He has three great grandchildren, a step brother, Jerry Rankin, step sister Margaret Davis, two half brothers, David and Dewey Rankin, and several nieces and nephews. His daughter, Rene Scroggins and a sister (Delores) preceded him in death.

Bob was a graduate of Christian Theological Seminary and was ordained Elder in 1965. He served several churches during his ministry including Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, Springfield, IL and the First United Methodist Church in Watseka, IL, retiring in 2000.

Bob was a member of the Illinois Great Rivers conference of the United Methodist Church and in his spare time had a passion for gardening (especially flowers) and doting over his great grandchildren. He and Johanne moved to Palm Bay in 2018 to be near family, but never lost his fondness for Springfield.
Cremation rites have been accorded.

A memorial service will be held at Douglas Ave. United Methodist Church in Springfield, IL. on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Rev. Margaret Ann Jessup and Rev. Meredith Brown will officiate. The family will greet friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

Those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the Douglas Ave United Methodist Church, 501 S. Douglas Ave, Springfield, IL 62704.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bischfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West. 217-544-5424