American Veteran 08

Billy Mack McDonnell

October 4, 1921 ~ December 26, 2019 (age 98)


Billy M. McDonnell, 98, of Alpena died December 26, 2019, at his home. He was born October 4, 1921, to the late Howard and Charlotte (Parks) McDonnell. Bill and his wife, Betty Miller were married on July 6, 1942 in Detroit. She preceded him in death on January 11, 2017.

Bill was a veteran of World War II, Pacific Campaign and was a life member of D.A.V. He retired from National Bank of Detroit, Alpena Division. Bill was a 25-year commissioner for the Alpena County Road Commission, a past president of the County Road Association of Road Commissions and remained active in road affairs. He was an incorporator of television station WBKB and past chairman of its board, charter member of Alpena Country Club and Alpena Yacht Club, lifelong member of Alpena Elks Club and past member of the Rotary Club. Bill was an avid card player, rock painter, and reader.

Surviving him are four children, Elizabeth (Marvin) Hiske, Kathleen (Bill Lankheet) Ableidinger, Margaret (Michael) McDonnell Hunter, Col. Dr. Howard “Mick” (Nancy) McDonnell of San Antonio, Texas; 8 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Mr. McDonnell was preceded in death by his great granddaughter, Ashleigh Marie Kieliszewski, three brothers, and two sisters.

Cremation arrangements are being handled by Bannan Funeral Home. A private family gathering in his honor will be held at his lake home “Fakarwi” at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Alpena Senior Citizens Center or Hospice of Michigan.



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