Michael McDonnell went to his heavenly home May 11, 2015 at 65 years of age. Michael was born December 23, 1949 in Columbia, Missouri to Lloyd Karl (LK) and Rose Marie Erickson McDonnell, accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior as a boy, baptized in the Archie Baptist Church, and later became a member of the Archie United Methodist Church. He attended Everett Rural School, Archie High School, BS in Business Administration at Southwest Baptist University, playing center basketball for the Bearcats, MS in Animal Science at the University of Missouri in Columbia and a PHD in Animal Science at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He was active in 4-H, livestock judging, attending leadership conference in Washington D.C., active in Athletes for Kids and earned a private pilot’s license. August 1, 1970 he married Sheila Jane Mastin and to this union one daughter was born -- Jennifer Anne.
Michael was raised and worked on the family farm in Everett Township west of Archie. The farm, including land, his grandfather McDonnell bought in 1904 was named a Cass County Centennial Farm in 2004. After graduating he worked for ADM, PEET’S Feeds, Farr and Gouch Feeds and later was self-employed doing Livestock Nutrition Consulting out of Columbus, Nebraska but traveling to many ranches in various states and countries in his work. He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Karl McDonnell.
He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer and husband Ryan Olson; grandchildren, Sydney and Jacob Olson; mother, Rose Marie McDonnell; brother, Mark and wife Minnie McDonnell; sister, Karla Brewster; nephews and nieces, Joseph and Tabitha Brewster, Kevin and Lindsey Brewster, Ericka and John Longpine, Erwin McDonnell; grandnephews, Karl and Abraham Brewster, Jesse Longpine; grandniece, Zoey McDonnell; and other relatives and friends.