Michael Russell “Mike” Macdonald
August 31, 1948 – October 1, 2022
Michael Russell “Mike” Macdonald, age 74, passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at his residence in Mooresville, NC, with his son by his side.
Michael was born in Washington, DC, on August 31, 1948, to the late Robert Bruce Macdonald and Margaret Ethel Macdonald. He was one of six children with his siblings being, Robert Bruce Macdonald, Richard Wayne Macdonald, Peggy June Nelson, Douglas Stewart Macdonald, and Patrick Neal Macdonald. Michael was married to his first wife, Margaret “Peggy” Ann Sandford. He later remarried to his second wife, Lisa Neva Montgomery, in October of 1999. He had two stepchildren that he raised as his own, Donnie and Renee Sandford and a son of his own, Michael P. Macdonald.
He was drafted into the Army on February 5, 1969 and served as an Infantry soldier in Vietnam. His heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force, he received the Bronze Star, with “V” Device and two Oak Leaf Clusters and also a Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in July of 1970, as a Sergeant E-5.
Michael, as well as his brothers, followed in their father’s footsteps improving the flooring industry. Mike learned to be an exceptional carpet mechanic. He worked as a consultant for Dalton Carpet, where he was widely recognized for his expertise. He later owned and operated many companies such as, Macdonald Floor Service, Carpet Hut, and Macdonald Associates, Inc. where he later retired in 2005 and turned the company over to his son.
Michael loved spending time with his wife and their two Bearded Collies Josie and Ernie, who they loved dearly. He enjoyed target shooting, collecting guns, watching old westerns and movies, as well as spending time with his family. He was always building, improving, and innovating around his home and enjoyed doing those projects with his son.
Michael is preceded in death by both of his parents, Robert and Margaret Macdonald, his brothers: Bob and Pat Macdonald, his wife Lisa Macdonald, as well as his first wife Peggy Macdonald and his first faithful Bearded Collie, Bogart.
He is survived by his son, Michael Patrick Macdonald, his brothers Wayne and Douglas Macdonald, his sister Peggy Nelson, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends on Friday, March 3, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. with a Memorial Service conducted by Deacon Chad Martin following at 2:00 p.m. at Rausch Funeral Home, 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD, 20657.
Michael and his wife Lisa will soon be buried together at Arlington Cemetery, once arrangements are completed. Mike and Lisa’s charity of choice has always been The Shriners Hospital for Children. So in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Donate.lovetotherescue.org.
As our hearts are grieving over the loss of our beloved Michael, we are reminded to set our sights on above and that our life here on earth is described as that of a vapor and our ultimate goal is to reach our final resting place in the arms of our Heavenly Father.
Friday, March 3, 2023