Memorial Services for David E. McKee, 90, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 10 A.M. Friday, December 10, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence. Private inurnment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. He died on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at the Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.
He was born on August 12, 1920 in St. Joseph, MO, the son of Joseph D. and Rose E. Dewell McKee.
Mr. McKee graduated from St. Joseph Central High School in 1938. He attended St. Joseph Junior College for two years before transferring to Kansas University. He graduated from KU in 1942 with a B.S. in accounting.
During World War II, he was an instructor in the Army Primary Flight program as a member of the Army Enlisted Reserve Corps. Following that, he served two years as a pilot for TWA.
He left TWA to pursue a career in the grain industry, first with Wichita Terminal Elevator and then he served as the Vice President of CGF Grain Company in Topeka, KS. In 1974, he became a grain merchandiser for Collingwood Grain in Hutchinson, KS.
He served as President and Director of the Kansas Grain and Feed Dealers Association, the Terminal Elevator Grain Merchants Association, and the Hutchinson Board of Trade (two terms as President). He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence and the Mayflower Society.
Mr. McKee had an extensive stamp and coin collection and enjoyed refinishing furniture. He was an avid supporter of the Kansas City Royals and the Kansas University Jayhawks.
He married Shirley M. Snyder on May 22, 1943 in Kansas City, MO. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a daughter, Kathryn McKee Stover (and husband, John Stover) of Lawrence, and a son, Dr. Douglas E. McKee (and wife Margie) of Visalia, CA, four grandchildren; Dr. Mark Stover, Lawrence, Joy E. Stover, Prairie Village, KS; Meghan E. McKee, San Francisco, CA, and Kaitlin M. McKee of San Francisco, CA.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials in his name to the Lawrence First Presbyterian Church Endowment Association or to the Good Samaritan Fund at the Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. They may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
I loved Dave’s spirit. He was lots of fun.
We are deeply saddened to learn of Dave’s passing. All of you McKee’s have been such an important part of Scott’s life, and we regret that distances have kept us from seeing you in recent years. Unfortunately, we have commitments here in Washington that will preclude us from being able to be with you on Friday, but please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
What a good, long life he had, but that doesn’t make you miss him any less. May many happy memories help sustain your family. Love from the Gaither family.
We were sorry to hear of Dave’s passing but what a wonderful, long life you have to celebrate. May the memories of that life be with you always. We won’t be able to be with you in person but our thoughts and prayers will be.
Deepest sympathy. I’m here at Mother’s in Johnson and she is sadden too. She just received a birthday card from David in Oct 2010, just days ago. We are praying for all family. Blessings, Martha & Evelyn Mace