John Manderson “Honest John” McDonald, III, 88, former Chairman of the Board and CEO of A. Y. McDonald Industries, Dubuque, IA and President of Brock-McVey Co., Lexington, widower of Barbara Burnham McDonald, his wife of 36 years, died at his residence Monday after a long illness.
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Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road. A private family service will be held at a later date.
Born in Dubuque, he was the son of the late John Manderson and Eleanor Wood McDonald, Jr.
He was a graduate of Phillips Academy and Yale University before joining the U. S. Air Force in 1952, becoming a 1st Lt. while serving as a Jet Fighter Pilot for five years. In 1957 He joined the A. Y. McDonald Mfg. Co. in Dubuque where he spent his career. In 1964 he moved to Lexington to also serve as President of Brock-McVey Co.
John served on numerous boards in both Dubuque and Lexington. In Dubuque he served on the board of First National Bank, Dubuque Bank and Trust, American Trust, A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co., Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, the Dubuque United Fund where he was Campaign Chair and Chairman of the Board, Finley Hospital, YMCA where he was chairman of the Fund drive for three years, The Dubuque Summer Festival where he served as co-chairman, the Dubuque Boy’s Club, Clark College Advisory Board, Clarke College Development Council where he served as Co-Chairman of the Capital Fund Drive, Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque Shooting Society where he served as secretary, Plantation Development Corporation, Public Utilities Company and Uniflow Gas Co.
Before moving to Kentucky, he was a member of his family’s church, First Congregational UCC.
John was a member of Lexington Rotary Club, Keeneland Club, Idle Hour Country Club, Lexington Club and had been an avid hunter, golfer and fisherman.
He is survived by his son, John Manderson (Julie) McDonald, IV; two daughters, Mary McDonald Gray (David) and Martha McDonald Coyle (and friend Donnie Anderson); seven grandchildren, Christopher Scott McDonald, Hollie Wood Coyle, Anna Catherine McDonald, Grace Elizabeth McDonald and John Manderson ”Quint” McDonald, V, all of Lexington and Barbara Ellen McDonald and Amanda McDonald Scales-Conklin (Dalton), both of Lawrenceburg, his former daughter-in-law, Amy McDonald Ruble and a special and devoted friend, Becky Planck, Lexington.
He was preceded in death by two children, Scott Andrew McDonald and Heather Young McDonald and his sister, Margaret McDonald Humphrey.
Memorials to Blue Grass Community Foundation, 499 E. High St., Ste. 112, Lex. 40507, Lex. Rotary Endowment Fund, 401 W. Main, Suite 305, Lex. 40507 or YMCA, 239 E. High St. Lex., 40507.