Known for his singing, and his popular restaurant, Norman McDonald passed away Tuesday to heart complications.
McDonald was one of Philpot Kentucky’s most beloved figures.
“You say Norm McDonald’s, well you think of Philpot, and it is Philpot,” said long time Norman McDonald’s Country Drive-In customer Claude Newman.
McDonald started the restaurant in 1964, but his first claim to fame was hitting high notes while delivering dairy.
“The singing milk man, yeah he made a couple records. He was in the Navy; he was a gun mount Captain for the destroyer, and he moved from there, he took all the money he could just to get this place started, because he had a dream to have a restaurant,” said McDonald’s son Norman Grant McDonald.
He started working at the restaurant when he was eight years old, and took over permanently for his father in the 80’s.
When the restaurant first opened, it was the only place to eat between Owensboro and Whitesville, and quickly became very popular.
“Both sides of the parking lot full all day long, and night, and even people come in today and they talk about when they were kids coming in here, this was a big thing back then,” McDonald said.
Norman McDonald’s spirit lives on through his namesake restaurant, and the community that loved him dearly.
“Just a friendly neighbor. He’d help do anything for you, and just a nice guy to be around,” Newman said.
“We’ve been blessed very much, and I hope the blessings continue, and I know dad’s in a better place,” McDonald said.
Visitation for McDonald will be Sunday from 2 to 6 at the Haley McGinnis Funeral Home.
The funeral will be held Monday at 11 at the same location.