|Birth: ||Apr. 18, 1942|
|Death: ||Dec. 5, 2007|
Victim in the Nebraska Mall shooting.
John V. McDonald, with whom she'd worked for eight to 10 years, was a "wonderfully kind man," said Janet Bowers.
McDonald, 65, one of those killed Wednesday at Westroads, retired from Northern Natural Gas in Omaha in 2000. He had worked there 27 years.
His job title at the Omaha company was "administrative specialist." Bowers worked with him in a group that analyzed business operations and opportunities, many of them dealing with regulatory matters.
"He worked a lot in information technology," she said. "We relied on him for different software things."
Another co-worker, Tony Mayer, said McDonald worked in information technology when he joined Northern and became a manager there.
Northern was a subsidiary of the former Enron Corp. McDonald opted not to move to Houston when Enron moved there in the 1980s. He joined the business development group to stay in Omaha.
McDonald lived in a condominium community in Council Bluffs. A neighbor, Shirley Acebdo, described him and his wife, Kathleen, as "lovely people."
A daughter, Suzanne Shehan, is a partner in the Kutak Rock law firm in Omaha, and a son, Gregory, lives in Wisconsin.
Shehan survived the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City. She was in the 22-story World Trade Center Marriott Hotel, sandwiched between the two towers, when terrorists flew planes into the buildings.
She ran from the collapsing towers as debris fell on the street behind her.
By Virgil Larson of the Omaha World-Herald
John V. McDonald, age 65, Co. Bluffs. Ret. Sr. Administrative Specialist, Northern Natural Gas. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Pauline Tully McDonald. Survived by wife of 40 years, Kathleen, Co. Bluffs, daughter, Suzanne Shehan and husband Joe of Omaha, son, Greg and wife Indira of Madison, Wisconsin, granddaughters, Madelene, Grace, Isabele, Maya, Ana, Pari, Cymran, sister, Jeanne Coverdale and husband Michael of Nevada, Iowa, brothers, P.J. and wife Claudette of Des Moines, Tom and wife Lois of Independence, MO. Aunts, Ilene Chico and Patricia Gaydos, Uncle, Mike McDonald all Co. Bluffs, numerous cousins and friends.
Christian Wake Service Sunday 4:00pm followed by visitation until 6:00pm at Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial Monday 10:00am, St. John's Church on the campus of Creighton University. Father Dan McDonald S.J. cousin of John's, Celebrant. Interment St.Joseph Cemetery, Co. Bluffs. Family has suggested memorials to Co. Bluffs Habitat For Humanity, 645 9th Ave. Co. Bluffs, individual contributions to Elect Barack Obama Campaign (family will provide link) and St. John's Church at Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha.
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Created by: Denny Jackson
Record added: Dec 06, 2007
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