John McDonough
1946 - 2020
John McDonough
John Joseph Patrick McDonough, 73, of Midland, died early Monday morning, April 20, 2020 at MidMichigan Medical Center. He was born July 21, 1946 in Jersey City, N.J., son of the late John J.B. and Julia (Stephens) McDonough. He grew up in Paramus, N.J. He received a bachelor's degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology and later continued his education, receiving his master's degree. On Oct. 12, 1968 he married the former Eileen Zeman in New Jersey. She survives him. John Was employed by The Dow Chemical Co. as a chemical engineer and computer programmer for 38 years.
John lived and breathed amateur radio. He first received his license in 1973 and amateur extra licenses in 2004. He held numerous positions in support of auxiliary communication, including District 3 Emergency Coordinator, and section net traffic manager throughout his 47 years in radio, and all of them with the Midland Amateur Radio Club. His Call sign, WB8RCR, touched a lot of lives and had a profound impact on the role that amateur radio plays in auxiliary communication.
John also became very active with the Michigan State Emergency Operations Center, assisting with boosting communication signals across the state, and numerous emergency drills. He also loved the time he spent volunteering for Midland Search and Rescue and assisting the Michigan State Police.
John loved to drive anything and traveled the world. He had a passion for photography, coffee, soldering irons, animals and teaching, but what he loved most was his family and friends. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with the Midland High School Electronics and Wireless Communication Club. He thought these were some of the smartest folks he had the pleasure of ever spending time with.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Eileen, of 52 years; is his daughter, Deirdre Blackhurst and her husband Daryl; son, John P. McDonough; sisters, Mary (Teddy) Mooney and Shelia (Russ) Rieling; nephews, Edmond Mooney, Michael (Carlee) Mooney, Raymond (Katelynn) Rieling, Conner Rieling and John Rieling; and many great-nieces, and nephews as well as many life long friends. We will miss him deeply.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, private family service will take place at 12 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2020 with burial in Midland City Cemetery. His service will be streamed on
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Midland High School Electronics and Wireless Communications clubs or Midland Search and Rescue in care of his daughter, Deirdre Blackhurst.

Published by Midland Daily News on Apr. 22, 2020.
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Dear Eileen,

Although we have only met once I do feel I need to sent you this e-mail. Hereby my sincere condolences. I was shocked to find out John was no longer among us.
I know John from his time in The Netherlands, I managed the hotel he stayed in, Des Pays Bas in Utrecht.
After that time we have had phone and e-mail contact. I have visited you at your home once, it must have been about 1990 I think.
I met your kids and we had dinner and John showed me his room with his computers and his amateur radio stuff.
I hope you and the kids are well and coping with the miss of John.

Take care.


November 12, 2020
Thank you for your important contributions to FOSS development, John
Bert M
June 16, 2020
I just read about u cuz. You will be missed. Eileen I send my deepest sympathy. If there is anything I can do call me. 570-202-6810. My prayers are with u guys. Luv u always
wendy haberle
May 19, 2020
I didn't know and never met John but I am a user of the Fedora Linux project and very grateful for his immense contribution to the project. Rest in peace John.
Alexander Dorogensky
May 11, 2020
John always had a smile and a kind word. I will miss him at the State Emergency Operations Center.
Connie Vallier
April 30, 2020
So sorry to hear of John's passing. Today I'm remembering the fun times I had with John and Eileen from years ago while we were all fresh in the world of amateur radio. Larry and I had the benefit of his knowledge and friendship. Condolences to his family. WB8UOO
Freda Mathers Larson
April 28, 2020
Very sad to hear this. I enjoyed working with him for quite a while on several projects, amongst one he had to stay in Utrecht in the Netherlands for a while. I will remember him as very knowledgeable and his special kind of humor.
Leo van Weele
April 26, 2020
John was a remarkable person and I really enjoyed working with him, many many years ago. Smart, energetic, friendly. So sad to hear of his passing, and my sincere condolences to the family.
Kelly Busse
April 24, 2020
Benjamin Cotton
April 23, 2020
I would like to let John's family know that I am greatly appreciative for all of the times that I was able to meet with and speak with John on issues relating to amateur radio, especially as it affected Michigan. Also for allowing him to perform those duties he so loved. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. 73's my friend.
Ed Hude WA8QJE State Government Liaison for Michigan
April 23, 2020
My mentor and best friend will be missed greatly by many, not just his wonderful family but all those people he inspired to "be better" in the amateur radio community. John truly was a LEADER not just a manager in all he did. A leader inspires people to be better and to challenge themselves, and John definitely did that with me as well as many others.

John was more of a father to me that my own father and also my best friend since 1988. He's the only person that "stuck with me" in those 32 years, and always supportive of me over those years. If I can only be 10% of what John was in life, I will still be a million percent better for that.

I will truly miss you John, and know you will be looking down on us from Heaven and eventually we will grab a coffee at the Espresso Milano of Heaven when I get there myself. Save a seat for me buddy! de KB8RCR Ryan Lughermo
Ryan Lughermo
April 23, 2020
I am so sad at the loss of my friend, John, WB8RCR. John and I both got our Amateur Radio Licenses back in the early 1970s and have been so close in our technical interests. I have so many files on my computer from John that are technical documents of his extensive writing. John was such a mentor for teaching and showing how it can be done.
Del Lafevor
April 23, 2020
Condolences to the family on your loss, He will be missed.
Diane Stewart
April 22, 2020
A sad loss for friends and family alike, John will be greatly missed. I really appreciate all the time he took to teach me ham radio concepts, plus I'll never forget our road trip to the state EOC. Rest in peace my friend. I've attached a pic of John when we attended the InterOp conference in February.
Jack Robinson
April 22, 2020
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