Services

Graveside Service

Thu. Dec. 24, 2020
10:00 am

Katy Magnolia Cemetery

Franz Rd. and Bartlett St.
Katy , TX 77493.
Thu. Dec. 24, 2020
10:00 am
Katy Magnolia Cemetery
Franz Rd. and Bartlett St.
Katy , TX 77493.
In Memory of
Ronald Milam McDonnel
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Ronald Milam McDonnel, age 76, went home to be with the Lord on December 20, 2020. He was born in Minden, LA to Jesse Milam and Geneva McDonnel. He married his childhood sweetheart Mary Jo in 1964. Ron and Mary Jo were blessed with three children, John Mark, Julie, and Rachel. After Mary Jo’s death in 1991, Ron married Margaret who had two grown children, Kielly and Mariah.

 

Graduating from the University of Houston in 1968 with a degree in Business Computer Science, Ron worked for Allstate as a systems engineer until being called as the pastor of Katy Bible Church in 1976. 

He loved God’s Word and loved to teach it, evident in the 36 years he pastored Katy Bible Church and in his weekly radio broadcast at KHCB for over 40 years. Ron often related that his dad told him “Son, Christians read the Bible,” so when Ron trusted Christ at the age of 8, he read the Bible all the way through, a practice that continued his entire life. His knowing God so personally came through his spending so much time in his Word. Ron’s life phrase was “Trust Him. You can trust Him.” 

 

His pastor’s heart meant that he counseled countless families over the years, a testimony to how seriously he took Biblical counseling. Ron’s heart for missions was deep and personal and was a huge influence in his children serving in foreign missions themselves. Ron had a heart for the suffering and was a steady, personal presence when dear ones were in the hospital, praying with them in difficult times. Ron wasn’t afraid to love deeply. He and Margaret brought so many into their home over the years, whether for a short-term stay or longer-term, pouring into the life of someone who just needed it.

 

Ron is preceded in death by his wife Mary Jo, his parents Jesse Milam and Geneva McDonnel, and his grandson Benjamin McDonnel. 

 

Ron is survived by his wife Margaret, son John Mark (Donna)of Kiev, Ukraine, daughter Julie (Karl) of Serbia, daughter Rachel (Joel)of South Africa, son Kielly (Kimberly)Houston, daughter Mariah (Scot)Kentucky, 23 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, sister Judy Atkins, sister-in-law Virginia (Don), sister-in-law Kris (Chuck), and lots of nieces and nephews. There are many others who should be included here, as he and Margaret have cared for numerous dear ones as their own.

Tributes

Message from
Tary & Susan Burritt
Sun, 12/27/2020

So happy to have known Pastor Ron♥️ for these altogether 11 years ♥️, what an amazing teacher, generous and wonderful person to others and to just be around! Thankful that he embodied the hope that our Saviour bestowed on him and so generously shared with others. He is the example for us to follow, "a good and faithful servant". ♥️ Love and Prayers for his lovely wife Margaret, and their entire family. ♥️?

Message from
Jennifer Naglieri
Wed, 12/30/2020

Ron brought me to Christ in 1979, he officiated my wedding, my adult baptism, and the baptisms of my children. I am eternally grateful to God for allowing me the high honor of knowing his servant Ron and to sit under his teaching for many years. RIP dear pastor Ron. May your memory be eternal.