Obituary of Richard Macdonald
Richard Z. "Dick" Macdonald, a former owner of Idlewild Park, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at his home in Ligonier. Mr. Macdonald, 95, was involved in the amusement park business with his brother, Jack, until they sold their business to Kennywood Park in January, 1983. Mr. Macdonald was born Feb. 13, 1922, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, a son of the late Clinton C. and Grace R. Macdonald. He was predeceased by his sister, Virginia Hand, and his brother, C.K."Jack" Macdonald. After graduating from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, W.Va., he attended Penn State University until World War II was declared. He then enlisted in the Air Force. He graduated from flight training at Lackland Air Force Base, was sent to Dayton, Ohio, where he flew with the Air Force Command, then was transferred to Burtonwood, England, as a test pilot. Following his military service, he joined his family business at Idlewild Park. In his spare time, he always enjoyed his farm and rounding up his cattle on horseback. He was a longtime member and elder of Covenant Presbyterian Church, where he served on the Board of Trustees. He was a dedicated supporter of the Ligonier Community, having served on the boards of the Ligonier Chamber of Commerce, Ligonier Valley Library, Ligonier Historical Society and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. He lived life to its fullest, enjoying trap shooting, fly fishing, golf and piloting his airplane until he was 81. He had a lifelong love of aviation, starting as a young boy building model airplanes. He always wanted to be remembered as a good pilot. It was a sad day when he gave up flying. Dick was a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mary Ann Macdonald; three children, Zanne Macdonald, of Charlottesville, Va., Susan Grill and her husband, Erik, of Ligonier, and Richard "Mac" Macdonald, of Sandpoint, Idaho; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Dick was a kind, caring person with great integrity and he had a wonderful sense of humor. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held in the spring. Arrangements are by THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in his memory to Covenant Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund, 200 N. Market St., Ligonier, PA 15658.