In Loving Memory of Kerry Dan McKee
October 22, 1962 - September 14, 2019
Funeral services for Kerry D. McKee, of Anthony, were held Thursday, September 19, at 2 p.m., at the Eldringhoff Funeral Home, 115 S. Bluff Avenue, Anthony, Kansas, with Reverend Karen Miller officiating. There will be special congregational singing of "On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand" and "How Great Thou Art". Friends may call Wednesday, September 18, from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. and Thursday, September 19, from 8 a.m. up to service time at the Eldringhoff Funeral Home in Anthony. After Interment at Burchfiel Cemetery, a reception will follow at Banc Central Hospitality Room.
Kerry McKee was the third child born to Richard (Steve) McKee and Lois Mildred (Rife) McKee. He was born on October 22, 1962, at the Anthony Hospital. Kerry recently shared that when he was small and his mother substitute taught at Spring School, she often took him with her so he could "practice" getting ready to attend Kindergarten at Washington Elementary School in Anthony. After completion of Junior High School, Kerry attended Chaparral High School where he graduated with the class of 1981. He was an active member and officer in the Industrial Arts Club at Chaparral, and attended national conventions with that organization. He participated in track and field during high school and became very good at throwing the discus.
He completed an Associate's Degree in Auto Mechanics at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kansas. This knowledge fit right in with his love of Mopar cars, which he enjoyed working on and restoring, and was also helpful on the family farm.
Kerry worked on the farm while also working in the oil field. Later, he earned certification in avionics from Wichita Technical Institute. He worked assembling wiring harnesses at Cessna and later inspected them. He also worked for AeroMach and Honeywell, where he restored avionics instrumentation.
He was a lifelong member of the Burchfiel United Methodist Church in the Spring Township Area. The church chimes that were a memorial donation to the church from his great aunt always fascinated him, and when they quit working, he repaired them. He was also a hardworking member of the Burchfiel Cemetery Board, selling and writing deeds, marking plots, and paying bills.
History was one of his greatest interests, especially family and local history. He had a good memory for remembering details and dates, and enjoyed collecting family memorabilia. He was also interested in vintage telephones, radios, and loved attending live concerts and movies. He learned to play Indian Flutes and enjoyed collecting and playing them.
He is survived by his brother, Richard Lee McKee and wife, Toni, of Anthony; and brother-in-law, Stephen Clark, Bethany, Oklahoma; his aunts: Donna (Rife) Coble of Severy, Kansas, and Wilma Rife of Lawrence, Kansas. Other survivors include his nieces and nephews: Kendra Clark of Bethany, Oklahoma; Robert Clark (Kim) of Austin, Texas; Tiffani Lara (Matthew) of Manhattan, Kansas; Sean McKee of Anthony; Kelly Robertson (Tyler) of Leawood, Kansas; and Katie Lee McKee of Anthony. Surviving great nieces and nephews include Hannah Clark and Kendall Clark of Austin, Texas; and Brooke Black and Eric Black of Manhattan, Kansas. He will also be remembered by many special cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Steve and Lois McKee; his sister, Junea Clark; his uncles, Max Rife of Lawrence, Kansas; and Floyd Coble of Severy, Kansas.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Burchfiel United Methodist Church in care of Eldringhoff Funeral Home, P.O. Box 507, Anthony, Kansas 67003. Sign our online registry at www.eldringhofffuneralhome.com
The McKee family has entrusted the care of their loved one to Eldringhoff Funeral home, 115 South Bluff Avenue, Anthony, Kansas, 620-914-2222.
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