Michael Edward McDonald was born in Mexico, Missouri on January 28, 1959. He was born the 6th of 8 children to Robert E. and Doris L. (Johnson) McDonald, who both proceeded him in death. Michael, affectionately known as “Cadillac Mac” the “CAT MAN” McDonald, departed from his earthly shell to his heavenly home on Friday, June 21, 2019.
He attended the Mexico Public School system, and graduated with the Mexico Senior High School class of 1977. He took his talent of playing the trumpet learned throughout school and played in a band called Majestic. The band played gigs across Mid-Missouri in their day. He had a few other hobbies as well; keeping his cars clean, riding his motorcycle, playing cards, and making that money. Mike was joined with the St. Luke United Methodist Church at an early age. His commitment to St. Luke remained throughout the years, even while relocating to Texas.
Mike made a career of truck driving. He was a devoted Over-the–Road Truck Driver for more than 30 years, with most of those years with Schneider. He also served in the U.S. Army for 4 years and 4 months ranking Specialist / SP4. During his tenure in the Army, Mike was called upon to help defend our nation’s freedom. He was deployed to Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm in Southwest Asia. During his time overseas supporting Army Troops in Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm, Mike sustained injuries and was honorably discharged as a recipient of the Purple Heart.
Those cherishing his memory are his 3 daughters, Tissani A. Mosley of Killeen, TX; Roberta M. (McDonald) Weir of Independence, MO; and Kara-Marie H. Riggins of Temple, TX, 11 grandchildren, Indanezia Mosley, Isaiah Mosley, Dorian Chalk, De’Anthony Chalk, Diona Chalk,Ricky Weir III, Isabella Weir, Ciara McCoy, Kaymani Riggins, Kashmere Riggins, Leroy-Amir Riggins and 1 great-grandchild, Ian Mosley. He is also survived by his 6 sisters Toni (Harold) Fountain, Wanda Charlene McDonald, Nancy (Joe Lee) Pitts, Christine (Danny) Scott, Twila (Sherman) Overton and Doris “Chenie” McDonald and one brother, Robert McDonald Jr., in addition to a great number of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
Funeral Services will be at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, at Arnold Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.
Visitation is Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.arnoldfh.com