Funeral services for Clifford C. “Cliff” McDonald, 87, Lawrence, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 14, 2013 at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. He died on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community.
Cliff was born on October 27, 1925, in Kansas City, MO, the son of Frank W. and Helen (Honnell) McDonald.
He graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence in 1944 where he was the senior class president. He was on the Kansas High School All-State Football team in 1943 as the quarterback and captain. He had the school record for the 200 yard low hurdles. In 1949 he graduated from the University of Kansas where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business. He played football and basketball for KU and was on the 1948 Orange Bowl team and was on the 1947 Big 6 Champion team.
Cliff was the former owner of McDonald Beverage, as the Anheuser-Busch Wholesaler in Lawrence.
He was a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Lawrence. A member of American Legion-Dorsey-Liberty Post #14, the 40 & 8 of the American Legion in Leqavenworth, KS, Eagles Lodge, Elk’s Lodge, where he served as a past Exalted Ruler, President of the Democratic Party – Washington Day, and a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
He enjoyed fishing during the summer months in Canada and enjoyed working in his garden near Tee Pee junction in North Lawrence. He was a Master Angular in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He was a finish judge at KU Relays for 25 years and a St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshall. He also enjoyed “holding court” sitting on the cases out in the beverage warehouse.
He married Barbara Byrd on June 27, 1951 in Kansas City, MO. She preceded him in death January 29, 2005.
Survivors include two sons, Kent McDonald, and wife, Annette, Greg McDonald, and wife, Julie; two daughters, Teresa Allen, and husband, Bob, Carol McDonald; all of Lawrence; and 11 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Ian, and Karl McDonald, Dylan and Catlin Standish, Darren, Kelly, and Sean Conrad, and Michael, Marti, and Kim McDonald.
The family suggests memorials in his name to Lawrence Humane Society or the American Cancer Society and may be sent in care of the mortuary.