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Michael A. McDonnell - 56

7/5/1963 - 2/26/2020

Clinton, IA

Michael A. McDonnell age 56 of Clinton, passed away Wednesday Feb. 26, 2020 at MercyOne North in Clinton.  Cremation rites will be accorded.  A gathering of friends and family will be held 2:00 – 4:00 PM Saturday Feb. 29th at the Pape Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be left at


     Michael was born on July 5, 1963 in Clinton, the son of Leon and Shirlee (Casberg) McDonnell.  He worked for Clinton Gateway Vending for many years and lately with Kendrick Pest Control in Clinton. Michael was an avid sports fan and participated in volleyball leagues. He especially loved cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and his Miami Dolphins. Most of all, Michael enjoyed spending time with his family.


     Michael is survived by his mother, Shirlee McDonnell of Clinton; his son, Andrew “AJ” Johnson;  his sister, Susan (Lloyd) Bartels of Marion, IA; and his brother, Joseph (Tina) McDonnell of Bardstown, KY; He was preceded in death by his father, Leon McDonnell, and grandparents, Mylo and Gertrude Casberg, and William and Genevieve McDonnell.

A gathering of friends and family will be held 2:00 – 4:00 PM Saturday Feb. 29th at the Pape Funeral Home.

Memorial service held Saturday 4:00 PM at the Pape Funeral Home.


  • Lorraine Dunn

    on 02/26/20

    Michael was a very dear friend. My heart is heavy with this news. His family will be in my prayers.

  • Marc and Pam Petersen

    on 02/26/20

    We are so sorry to hear of Mike's passing.


  • Susan case

    on 02/26/20

    I am with you in prayers Mike was s true friend and great person. He will truly be missed
  • David Deyerle

    on 02/27/20

    Good bye to a great guy, I am sorry for his family's loss. - David (EQ Chongqing)

  • Jill

    on 02/27/20

    I am so sorry to hear this. I have known Michael for many years through an online game, and his avatar "Alkobor" was truly a good guy. We had many conversations a few years back, right before he stepped up as an officer, but I wasn't aware of his health condition. I agree it certainly does put life in perspective but more than that, it really puts Michael in perspective, i.e. it makes me respect him even more. For his dedication to SR and the people he served, and never once complained. May he enjoy eternal rest and may we one day meet again - Jill "Elvyssa"

  • Susie 'Witt' Hutton

    on 02/27/20

    I am sorry for the family's loss. I have many good memories from the neighborhood where we grew up.

  • Lee A. Wiebenga

    on 02/27/20

    Please accept our deepest sympathies. R.I.P. Mike
  • Jeanne

    on 02/27/20

    He was a wonderful person and I shall miss our chats. I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed.
  • Callie Swamberger-Case

    on 02/28/20

    Mike is a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.  

  • Matt & Nicole Wilkes

    on 02/28/20

    We were so shocked to hear of your passing.  You were always such a happy delightful person to talk to.  We will miss ya "Al"...  your buddies - Basilone & Kaylani.

    Rest in peace buddy.

  • Gregg Obren

    on 02/28/20

    Please pass along my thoughts. I am out of town and will be unable to attend the visitation. I was honored to be part of Mike's life. Gregg
  • Phillip Martinez

    on 02/29/20

    i will miss you buddy, Michael was my wizard buddy in Everquest we spent many a night together playing he was a wonderful guy who never complained about much, he was very calm and peaceful and always ready to help on line, but i bet he was the same in life around his real friends, I only knew him from his Avatars Dundlemore and Alkobor but he was a great person there. My Avatar Flipmart is how he knew me but we always talked on Teamspeak and Ventrillo where he coordinated the wizards and we would talk about many things. Rest in Peace Mike. 

  • Conrad Manshart

    on 03/01/20

    Micheal was always willing to help.  I knew him as Dundlemore and he knew me as Ruabain.  I wish I had gotten to know him better.  He is gone to soon and will be missed.

  • Susan Granquist

    on 03/04/20

    I never met Michael in person, he was one of my EverQuest friends, I knew him best as Alkobor.  You can tell a lot about a person from the way they play a game.  He was one of those people whose many kindnesses were done quietly.  He was often the voice of reason when tempers flared or things went wrong.  As word of his passing spread, I heard from people who knew him from the game who have him on their friends' list still even though more than a decade had passed and they had moved to another server.  Each recounted things that Michael had done for them in the game that influenced their lives outside the game.  There is an old Scandinavian poem that includes this bit of wisdom: One thing I know that never dies/the fame of a man's deeds.  For those of us that knew him as Alkobor or Dundlemore he will remain a part of the community in our memories and story telling.

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