Ronald Bruce McDonough, 64 of Charlevoix died Sunday, September 5th, at his home. He was born February 1, 1957, in Ludington, to Robert Bruce and Mary Gretchen McDonough. Ronnie grew up in Charlevoix and attended Charlevoix High School.
After high school, Ron moved south to Florida, working as a waiter at five-star restaurants in Naples and as a commercial fisherman in Sarasota. He later moved back to his hometown of Charlevoix, where he spent many years working in construction. A talented carpenter, in 2016 he designed and built the tabernacle altar at St. Luke Catholic Church in Bellaire. Ronnie was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing as well as his dogs Skeet, Callie, and Grace. He loved his family and was a cherished son, brother, and uncle.
Ron is survived by his long-time girlfriend Sharon Smith, and her children Christopher (Amber) Higby and Lyndie (Alex) Michanowicz and her grandchildren Emma and Landon Higby and Ben and Georgia Michanowicz; his siblings Marylou (Randy) Stevens, Shawn (Jean) McDonough, Judy Harris, Kelly McDonough, Kathy McDonough, and Lisa (Rusty) Nichols; his nieces and nephews Kelsea Stevens (fiance' Brandon Pomranke), Melissa (Josh) Christopher, Shawn McDonough, Alyssia (Carl) Varchetti, Michael McDonough, Collin McDonough, Travis Longley, Amanda McDonough and her partner Josh, and Christopher McDonough; and 13 great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Gretchen McDonough, and his nephew, Clinton Longley.
Respecting his wishes, no service is planned. A private burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Beaver Island, Michigan.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Beaver Island Elks Club # 2886, PO Box 141, Beaver Island, MI 49782 or Camp Quality Michigan Beaver Island Teen Camp, PO BOX 345, Boyne City, Michigan 49713.
Arrangements have been handled by the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign his online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.
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