The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 13, 2013

John "Zip" McDonald

The Commercial-News

---- — COVINGTON, Ind. — John “Zip” McDonald, 84, of Covington, Ind., died at 1 p.m. CST on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at the VA Illiana Health Care Center in Danville, Ill.

Zip was born on June 12, 1929, in Chicago, IL. He was the son of Roscoe K. and Faye (Barton) McDonald. He attended Fithian Schools. He married Mary Bruce and she preceded him in death on April 14, 2001.

Zip served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the National Guard. He was a member of the American Motorcycle Club since 1951. He was an avid motorcycle racer, ranked 3rd in Illinois and Indiana in the 1950s. Zip was a certified motorcycle mechanic.

Surviving are two stepchildren, Carol Ritter and Johnny (Jeanne) Miller; a step-daughter-in-law, Aletha Ritter; a half sister, Katherine; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Zip was preceded in death by a half-sister, Susan; a brother, Richard McDonald; a half-brother, Robert.; stepson, Raymond Ritter; and best friend, George Brown.

Visitation will be at Grady Funeral Home in West Lebanon on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, from 11 a.m. until service time at noon with Pastor John Hickman officiating. Interment will follow at Danville National Cemetery in Danville, Ill., with full military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be made at

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