Robert McDonald

Obituary of Robert J McDonald

Robert J. “Reuben” McDonald

Born: May 4, 1964 Joliet, IL

Died: October 27, 2022 Joliet, IL

Retired Apparatus Operator/Paramedic on Engine 10C, Reuben McDonald passed from this life Thursday, October 27, 2022 at his home.

Survived by his loving family members, his brother Patrick (Sharon) McDonald, uncle John “Jack” McDonald, aunt, Sandy Maher, cousins, Patti (Chris) Ryg, Michelle (Bob) Jankowski, Janice (Tom) Russell, Melissa Maher, Brian Hibler, Dan (Jayne) Maher, Irene Maher, Christy (Ron) Autenrieth and Tom (Andrea) Davis. He will also be missed by lifelong friend Tula Kareotes and numerous friends.

Preceded in death by his loving parents, James and Frances McDonald, grandparents, Frank and Nora Maher, James and Katherine McDonald; aunts and uncles, Joan (Bob) Offermann, Jayne (Phil) Golliher, MaryEllen (George) Eberhard, Thomas Maher, Tom and Kathleen Davis; cousins, Sheree Davis, John Maher and Peter Schmucki.

He was a member of Joliet Ravens Club and enjoyed playing pool, snowmobiling in Wisconsin and riding his motorcycle.

Reuben was great in the kitchen and loved spending time cooking and trying new recipes.

He was proud of his Irish heritage. He could be found “on occasion” partaking in a bit of Irish cheer and dice throwing at family parties and with friends.

Reuben loved serving his community as a firefighter/paramedic and his family takes comfort in knowing his comrades and friends from JFD were with him in the end.

Thank you all for your kind words and support during this time of sorrow.

Visitation for Reuben will be Thursday November 3, 2022 from 3-8 p.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.) Joliet. Funeral services will begin at the funeral home Friday morning November 4, 2022, 9:30 a.m. to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Inurnment will take place on a later date at St. Joseph Cemetery in Manhattan.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Reuben’s name to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

For more information please call (815) 741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames where you can share a favorite memory or leave a condolence.




3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, November 3, 2022
Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes - Joliet
3200 Black at Essington Roads
Joliet, Illinois, United States
(815) 741-5500

Funeral Services

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Friday, November 4, 2022
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
18 Woodlawn Avenue
Joliet, Illinois, United States
Mass of Christian Burial


St. Joseph Cemetery - Manhattan
52 and Co Hwy 17
Manhattan, Illinois, United States
Inurnment will take place on a later date.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers memorials in Reuben’s name to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
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