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1000 7th St
Clarkston, WA | 99403
509-758-2556
3521 7th Street
Lewiston, ID | 83501
208-743-9464
Robert McDonald

Robert Eugene McDonald

Tuesday, March 18th, 1947 - Friday, June 19th, 2020
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Obituary

Robert “Mac” McDonald, 73, of Clarkston, passed away Friday, June 19, 2020, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, in Lewiston.

Pikeminnow anglers up and down the Columbia and Snake rivers revere Mac as a bounty hunter for the predatory fish, and he met his soul mate, Linda Moore, while working to protect juvenile salmon and steelhead with the Pacific States Marine Fishery Commission.

Mac is a U.S. Air Force veteran, and during his career as a KC-135 navigator and boom operator, he was known by the handle “chrome turtle.” He guided countless pilots to safely refuel while in flight in Vietnam, and loved sharing stories about adventures and friends he met while flying around the world.

He was the first member of his family to earn a college degree, and he joined the Air Force after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. After retiring, he pursued his joy of cooking and earned degrees in hospitality and culinary arts.

He was born March 18, 1947, in Chippewa Falls, Wis., to Bernice (Yeager) and Eugene McDonald, and always looked forward to summer vacations at his family’s Park Motel in Tomah, Wis., and class reunions at Cadott High School.

Mac is survived by Linda; brother Patrick Kucera, of LaCrosse, Wis.; daughter Vicki (Frank) Kastory and grandsons Clark and Carter, of Chicago; son U.S. Army Col. Timothy (Amanda) McDonald and grandchildren Logan and Madison, of Huntsville, Ala.; and stepchildren Melissa Cox, Michelle (Francisco) Oquendo and Bobby Cox, of Spokane.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bernice Catherine Kucera, in 2007; stepfather Edward Kucera in 2003; brother David McDonald in 1967; stepfather Donald Benish in 1957; and he lost his father, Eugene Wilfred McDonald, in 1951, to polio.

A celebration of life and flag ceremony are scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston. The family welcomes you to share your stories and photographs online at merchantmemorialgroup.com/book-of-memories/4248297/McDonald-Robert/index.php.
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    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Merchant Funeral Home
    Address
    1000 7th Street
    CLARKSTON, WA 99403
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    Notes
    A celebration of life and flag ceremony are scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston. The family welcomes you to share your stories and photographs online at merchantmemorialgroup.com/book-of-memories/4248297/McDonald-Robert/index.php. The service will stream live at Merchant Memorial Group Facebook

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Posted at 01:16pm
To Vicki and family - We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Lots of Love, Dawn and John Kenny
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Reba Mcdonald

Posted at 04:09am
My heart goes out to Mac's two children Vicki and Tim and his grandchildren. But my heart goes out to my three children who he help raise Melissa, Michelle,and Bobby. He was there Dad for for 45 years he loved them before our divorce and continued to love them after our divorce.unless you knew you would have never guessed that he was a stepdad.Not only did he become a Dad to three children he also became a grandpa first it was Bobby's 2 children Daniel and Shallene .we had custody of them when they was small so Shallene had him wrapped around her finger and still did up to the last .He also was a grandfather to Michelle and Coco's 2 Brandon And Maria oquendo.But it didn't stop there. He was lucky enough to have 6 Great grandbabies the oldest being 14 and the youngest bring 2.There Is so many beautiful memories but I think one for him is the summers that Vicki and Tim would come and we had all 5 kids together.And just in case you don't know we spent our summers at the lake fishing when he could all 5 kids loved camping!!! Mac you are loved and gonna be missed by each one of your children and grandchildren.May you rest in peace
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Vicki McDonald- Kastory

Posted at 12:10am
A photo tribute to Mac: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vRaekV5cYherOAvjYlLNzoX57XVVs5KwKQVlNaILD-PpXqn5JNpxdqTiubPqChBVS0wAYb1ZgUGsYi6/pub?start=true&loop=true&delayms=3000
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