Rian McDonnell

Rian Patrick McDonnell

Monday, June 9th, 1958 - Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
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Rian Patrick McDonnell, 61, of Hampstead, passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his loving family, following a lengthy illness.

Born June 9, 1958 in Pittsburgh, PA, he was the son of Patricia Blumling McDonnell of Pittsburgh and the late Patrick McDonnell. He was the beloved husband of Maryellen A. Schultz McDonnell, his wife of 38 years.

Rian worked as an electrical engineer for Textron Systems, a defense contractor. He was a member of the Carroll County Amateur Radio Club, Inc. and had been the Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 665 of the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed rock climbing, hiking, working on his car, reading and beginning home projects that seemingly never got finished.

Surviving, in addition to his wife and mother, are his son, Justin R. McDonnell and his daughter, Adela D. McDonnell, both of Hampstead; sisters and brother-in-law, Alanna and Robert Reed of Karns City, PA and Liane McDonnell of Towson; brother, Jeffrey McDonnell of Temecula, CA; in-laws, Anthony and Patricia Schultz and Leonard and Jeanne Schultz, all of Chicago, IL; four nieces, four nephews and one great-nephew.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 30 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at ELINE FUNERAL HOME, 934 South Main Street, Hampstead. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31 at St. John Roman Catholic Church, 43 Monroe Street, Westminster, with the Rev. Mark Bialek as celebrant.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Carroll County Amateur Radio Club, Inc., 50 Kate Wagner Road, Westminster, MD 21157.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Eline Funeral Home Hampstead
    934 South Main Street
    HAMPSTEAD, MD 21074
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Eline Funeral Home Hampstead
    934 South Main Street
    HAMPSTEAD, MD 21074
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, October 31st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, October 31st, 2019 11:00am
    St. John Roman Catholic Church
    43 Monroe Street
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Sharon Sweet

Posted at 11:33pm
He was on my eldest daughter's husband's side of the family. And just a good friend of the family, not related, but a wonderful guy. Smart, inquisitive, tinkerer always researching and trying stuff. He had that kid zeal about him, always excited to try new things. He had the whole world in front of him, and enjoyed every minute of it! We had great talks together whenever there was a family function. And if we couldn't figure out something together while we were talking, he would research it and have the answers for our next discussion. 
Rest in peace Rian!
Will Sweet

Nancy Dunn Ballard

Posted at 09:08am
I have such wonderful memories of you and Rian. So many times that bring a smile. May you be able to feel his love each and every day. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time.

Barbara Parthree Posted at 06:29pm

I can remember when AAI had an influx of Western PA (Penn Tech) guys and gal. I worked many years wit Rian in Publications under George Cutright. It was a close department and we did a lot as a group. Liked to hear Rian's stories about Pittsburgh and where his father came from in Ireland. AAI lost another good worker and person. Know that he was well like. Sorry for your loss.

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