Bob was born in Sedalia on Oct. 14, 1939. He was the son of Robert M. and Ruth C. McDonald.
He graduated from Smith Cotton High School in 1957, and received degrees in elementary education and administration from the University of Central Missouri and the University of Missouri. Bob was an avid outdoorsman who loved sports of all kinds. He hunted for quail, pheasant and rabbit for many seasons, always taking his beloved birddog. For many years, the end of the school year was celebrated with buddies driving to Canada for great fishing. He officiated high school football and basketball games while serving as an elementary teacher and director of elementary education in the public school system in Marshall. He came to Independence in 1984 to serve as elementary principal at William Southern Elementary and completed 39 years in education, retiring in 1998 as director of human resources in the Raytown Public Schools. Summers always found Bob at the Lake of the Ozarks, boating with his family. In recent years, he enjoyed golfing at Drumm Farm and felt blessed to be a part of that wonderful neighborhood. He was a loyal and active member of First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs where he served in various advisory and leadership roles during the last 26 years. He found comfort and strength through his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and received wonderful support during his illness from his church family and the Explorers Sunday School Class. Bob will be remembered by his family and friends for his plain-spoken wisdom and quiet dignity. He exhibited a low-key manner that engendered deep loyalty from all who knew him. Bob was in great health until one unexpected day in July on the golf course when a melanoma brain tumor caused him to seizure.
Survivors include Jane, his wife of twenty-seven years; daughter, Lori Anne Harris and her husband, Jim, of Grain Valley; and son, Robert Mark McDonald of Asbury Park, N.J.; stepdaughters Nanci Joan Krapf and her husband, Paul, Leah Ann Tacy and her husband, Donald, and Donna Rae Hall. Grandchildren include Caitlin and Carly Harris, Connor, Collin, and Taylor Jane Krapf, Megan Moore, and Craig, Dalton, Cody, and Sean Hall; and one great-grandson, Xaiden Hall. He is also survived by his former wife, Donna Anderson of Lee's Summit; a stepbrother, William Poynter, of Warrensburg; his brother-in-law, Bill Compere and his wife, Anne, of Springfield; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Kathy Scott of Goodyear, Ariz.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Norma Scott of Marshall; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Judith Compere.
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