Jack McKinney, 87, of Chelsea, passed away at his home on Tuesday, January 8, 2020. He was born on June 8, 1932 in Pryor, Oklahoma; the son of George Russell and Ruby T. (Fincher) McKinney. Jack married his love, Leotha Holt, on June 14th, 1951 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He worked as a papermill supervisor for Georgia Pacific most of his life and worked as a rancher. He has lived in the area for 84 years and had many hobbies he enjoyed spending his time doing. Some of these hobbies include ranching and tending to his horses and cattle, bird hunting, coon hounds, fishing and spending time outdoors. Jack also enjoyed gardening, working as a carpenter and building things around his ranch, going antiquing, square dancing. He was a jack of all trades and could tackle any project that came his way. Those who know Jack, knew he had a strong opinion on politics and enjoyed talking about it. He was a member of the masonic lodge and earned his 32nd Degree Master Mason. Jack was a wonderful husband, loving father, caring grandfather and great grandfather and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 11, 2020 in the Oak Grove Mennonite Church in Adair with Pastor Carl Helmuth officiating. Burial will follow in the Lone Chapel Cemetery with L.J. McKinney, Kevin McKinney, Rusty Linn, Gary Linn, Gordon Linn, Lance Evans, Lonnie McKinney, and Darrell McKinney serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be Justin Marshall, Tyler Evans, Rowdy Moss, Danny Martin, Wayne Linn, Eric Stites, Ernie Berg, Clint Hoover and Dale Johnson. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m, Friday, January 10, 2020 at Shipman’s Funeral Home. To leave his family a message, please visit his Tribute Wall at www.shipmanfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service.
Jack is survived by his wife, Leotha McKinney of the home; sons, Lonnie McKinney and wife Jackie of Chelsea, Oklahoma and Ronnie “Darrell” McKinney of Adair, Oklahoma; daughter, Helen Marshall and husband Jim of Adair, Oklahoma; brother, Eugene McKinney of Claremore, Oklahoma; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Ruby McKinney, brother, J.T. McKinney and sisters, Barbara McKinney – Linn and Rosilie Carter.