Harold E. McKinney 1921 - 2010 Lawrence
Funeral services for Harold E. “Mac” McKinney, 89, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial with full military honors will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
He died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at his home in Lawrence.
Mr. McKinney was born July 23, 1921, on a farm in Halfway, Mo., the son of Floyd and Mary Enyart McKinney.
He ran his family’s farm after the death of his father until entering the Army Air Corps in 1941, just after Pearl Harbor. He served as an electrician and an airplane mechanic in the military. He was injured while serving and received an honorable discharge in 1945, after spending several months in the Army/Navy Hospital in Hot Springs, Ark.
He attended trade schools in Kansas City, Mo., and Connecticut. In 1958, he opened and ran a business machines sales-and-repair store at Ninth and Massachusetts streets in Lawrence. He subsequently worked for eight years for Hercules Inc., a manufacturer of rocket and other propellants in De Soto. While there, he received the Award for Merit for plant cost reduction. He trained Vietnam veterans in office-machine repairs at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka for three years and worked as plant operator for Kansas Power and Light, now Westar Energy, in Lawrence for almost 16 years until his retirement in 1989. He and his wife, Martha, also operated a small cattle farm northeast of Lawrence from 1959 through 2004.
While in the military based in Garden City, he met Martha Blackwood when he and a friend were invited to dinner with her family. They were married June 11, 1944, in Garden City. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two daughters, Karen McKinney, and Kathy Nace and husband Mark, both of Lawrence; two sons, Rod, El Dorado Hills, Calif., and Scott and wife Susie, Lawrence; a brother, Kenneth, Rockwall, Texas; and nine grandchildren, Jordan McKinney, Jeremiah Johnson, Jessica Nicholson, Eric Nicholson, Ginny Nace, Kaitlin McKinney, Keegan McKinney, Logan McKinney and Liam McKinney.
The family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.
The family suggests memorials to the Christ Covenant Church Mercy Fund or to the Veritas Christian School Scholarship Fund, sent in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain.com.