V. Kenneth McDonald
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Vincent Kenneth McDonald of Pensacola, FL, passed at home to his heavenly home on June 18, 2014.
Ken was born on April 25, 1934 in Teaneck, NJ, and graduated from Mt. Carmel grammar school, Ridgewood, NJ; St. Lukes High School, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ; and the University of Scranton, PA, with a BS in Economics. After high school he enlisted in the Army, stationed in Germany as a cryptologist during the Korean War and was honorably discharged after 3 years.
In July 1988, as NCIS Special Agent in Charge of the Pensacola office Naval Station he retired after 8 duty stations, including among others, Pensacola twice, GITMO, Virginia, San Diego, and Panama. After retirement Ken was a special investigator for the United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security. He accumulated 27 years of federal service. During his career he was a certified handwriting analyst, unarmed self-defense instructor, completed courses at the Personnel Management Institute, U. S. Secret Service Questioned Document course, U. S. Department of Justice course in narcotics and dangerous drug law enforcement. He provided protective service for several Presidents, and for one of England's Princes at Trader Jon's in Pensacola.
As an avid athlete, he played football and basketball in high school, soccer in Germany, baseball in Barstow, CA, and volleyball in Pensacola. For years after his retirement, he had a gym membership and trainer, which helped tremendously to keep him fit with regards to his Parkinson's disease.
Ken volunteered at Catholic Charities and at Baptist Medical Park for many years. He was a Knight of Columbus and a member of the Serra Club of Pensacola (fostering and affirming vocations to the ordained priesthood and the vowed religious life).
Ken, with his wife, enjoyed many opportunities of traveling on cruises and tours, including a great National Park tour, trip to Ireland and Costa Rica, surprise cruise from children on their 40th anniversary, and traversed the Panama Canal. Their greatest joy was visiting their family and grandchildren. Ken had a full, enjoyable, interesting life and was a true patriot. Because he was such a loving, caring, selfless husband and father, he will be deeply missed by his wife, children, their spouses, and 11 grandchildren, as well as many relatives and friends. Survived by wife, Carol Schmidt McDonald of 52 years and 6 children--Aileen McDonald of Pensacola; Keyko McDonald (Vincent Kenneth, Jr.), wife Deanna, and 3 children, Mandy, Colin, and Trevor of San Diego, CA; Dr. Patrick McDonald of New Orleans; Dr. Daniel McDonald, wife Michelle, and 5 children, Kate, Daniel, Michael, Allie, and Christina of Denton, TX; Alison McDonald Janashak and husband Scott and 3 children, Sydney, Andrew, and Caroline of Jacksonville, FL; and Julie McDonald of Atlanta. Also survived by brother Thomas McDonald and wife Carol of Rochester Hills, MI, plus cousins and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 5-7pm, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am on Friday, July 11, 2014 at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, Father Chris LeBlanc officiating, with internment following at Barrancas National Cemetery at 11:45am.
Memorial contributions may be made to Serra Club of Pensacola, 5585 Brentwater Place, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563, Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or Covenant Hospice, 2001 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32501.
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HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL
2276 AIRPORT BLVD.
Pensacola, FL 32504
Published in Pensacola News Journal on July 6, 2014