Daniel E. McDonald, age 59 of Findlay, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 8:45 a.m. at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay. Dan was born on July 28, 1960 in Findlay, Ohio to the late Thomas E. McDonald and Grace M. (Roberts) Rice McDonald. On February 28, 1987 he married "the wife of his life" Nita K. Waltermire McDonald.
He is survived by his wife, "the love of his life, Nita"; their daughters: Ashton Chantel McDonald and Shanna Evangeline McDonald; sister: Ann Ward; brothers: Jay Rice, Gary Rice, Doug (Jane) Rice, Lee (Kathy) Roberts, and Eddie McDonald; brothers-in-law: Gary Waltermire and Terry Waltermire; sisters-in-law Doris Rice and Kay Rice; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a daughter: Misty Aurora McDonald; sisters Addie May Mohler, Betty Jo Rice, Kimberly McDonald, and Barbara Ann Enyart; brothers: Randy Rice, Larry Rice, Ted Rice, David Rice, Carl Rice and Ben Rice.
Dan loved the Lord. He had a transformation in his life when he gave his heart to the Lord Jesus Christ, in the early 1980's his cousin, Reverend Thomas McDonald, having discipled Dan. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon. He was also a former member of Trinity Baptist Church where he and Nita served in the bus ministry and Dan as a driver, for many years. He found great joy bringing children to Jesus. Dan also volunteered to preach the gospel at the City Mission and Grand Court.
Dan attended Findlay College. He loved our country and American History. He liked fishing, especially with his brother, Eddie and coon hunting as a child with his dad. In the early 1970's Dan played youth soccer in Findlay. He played Right Wing for the Wolverines, with their team going undefeated and winning the city championships. Dan was also a long-distance runner, competing in many road races around the state of Ohio, including a 2:55:07 at the Columbus Marathon. He finished 6th overall in 1987 and 7th place in the men's open division in 1989 at the Riverbend 10K. Dan also ran a 1:19:30 half marathon in Dayton, as well as a 16:34 5K in Hoytville. He finished 2nd in the Northwest Technical College 10K and ran a 21:58 "Four Miler" in Findlay in 1987.
Dan was the founder of the Celtic-American Festival in Findlay as well as the Robert Burns Night Dinner.
Dan liked sports, both watching and competing. He enjoyed playing baseball and backyard football with his brothers. He enjoyed watching Eddie bowl, and watching Doug and Eddie play pool. He was a Cincinnati Reds fan.
Dan loved his family and was very proud of them. He had fond memories of the great times he had growing up with friends such as the Parkes family and friends that he stayed in touch with throughout the years.
Dan was passionate about his political views, writing many "Letters to the Editor". He was also a published poet, having written many poems on many subjects. He loved reading his Bible (strictly King James only) and had memorized many verses and whole passages of it. One of his favorite verses was John 11:25.
Dan and his family would like to express their appreciation and thanks to Dr. Mobayed, Cancer Patient Services, Dr. Thomas, B.V.H.S., Armes Cancer Center, and all who have helped in Dan's care. They would also like to thank his employer, the Home Depot Distribution Center, and the employees for their generosity and kindness.
Visitation for friends and family will be held from 2-4:00 p.m. and 6-8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 7, 2019 at KIRKPATRICK-BEHNKE FUNERAL HOME, 500 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at the funeral home with Rev. Michael Maskell officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Findlay.
Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church, 1635 Fostoria Ave, Findlay, OH 45840.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.