Ray McKee Jr., 85, Merriam Woods, Mo., died Saturday, September 22, 2012 in Forsyth Nursing and Rehab, Forsyth, Mo.
He was born July 30, 1927, in Sturgis, Mich., to Ray Sr. and Jessie (Wilmarth) McKee.
He attended school and was raised in Howe. After finishing school, he worked on his family farm for a short period and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945. He was trained as a Radarman Third Class and served on the USS Jack W. Wilke. He was honorably discharged in 1947 and was awarded the WWII Victory Medal. After his military service, he moved back to the farm and married. He and his wife stayed in Howe and he went to work as a foreman at a mobile home manufacturer until 1979 when they moved to Forsyth, Mo., and purchased a local greenhouse and floral shop called Judy’s Posey Patch. He was also a bus driver for the Forsyth School District and head custodian for the new gym at the school. He then worked as a landscaper for White Water in Branson, Mo., and as a groundskeeper for Silver Dollar City. He retired in 2008. He was a member of the Masonic lodges in LaGrange, Ind., and Forsyth, Mo. He was also a member of the Forsyth Community Presbyterian Church.
He was married June 18, 1949, in Wolcottville, to Donna Sweet. She preceded him in death in 2003.
Surviving are three sons, Larry and Mini McKee, Roanoke, Virg., Glenn and Theresa McKee, White Pigeon, Mich., and David McKee, Merriam Woods, Mo.; two daughters, Debra Miller and fiancé Chris Bethke, Grand Haven, Mich., and Kristen and Tim Wince, Republic, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Angie Ness, Amy Whipple, Audrey, Celia, Stacy, Jessica, and Glenn McKee Jr.; five great-grandchildren, Morgan and Riley Ness, Mahala Kosthnitvki, Ashton Burrows and Dace Kochel Jr.; and two sisters, Mary Wisenbaugh, Vienna, Virg., and Levina Wagner, Forsyth, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Perry McKee, and one sister, Dora Phillips.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, November 24, at Lima Presbyterian Church in Howe.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Howe.
Online condolences may be sent at www.ksefuneralhome.net.
Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home in Forsyth, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.