William McKinney (1931 - 2013)

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William G. "Bill" McKinney, 81

William G. "Bill" McKinney, age 81, formerly of Mountain Home, Arkansas passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born December 24, 1931 in Harrison, Arkansas, to Wilma Lee Angel and William Garland McKinney. Bill was a graduate of the Arkansas State Teachers College (UCA), and served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service during the Korean War. Bill was also a member of the Commissioning Crew of the USS Harder SS 568. While serving aboard the USS Sea Poacher in 1950 he was an extra in the movie "The Frogmen".

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mountain Home, Arkansas, the U. S. Submarine Veterans, and former member of the VFW, Kiwanis, Chi Nu Fraternity, and UCA Lettermans Club. He married Clara Hopkins on August 25, 1955 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Before retiring to Mountain Home in 1992, Bill held positions of District and Regional Sales Manager for Playtex, Max Factor and Aris Isotoner. In retirement, Bill pursued his favorite pastimes of gardening, genealogy, and history, particularly the Civil War. On March 10, 2012, Bill spoke at the gravesite of his great-great-grandfather in Maplewood Cemetery in Harrison, Arkansas, telling of a Confederate Soldier's life and his family's efforts to obtain a new Confederate marker for John Adams McKinney, who was killed in battle on March 8, 1862.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Karen Lee McKinney, and son Stephen Wade McKinney. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Clara, of the home, daughters Lori McKinney Kunellis (Pete), Gladstone, Missouri and Sheryl Sorem (Ron), Edina, Minnesota, daughter-in-law Kati Bell McKinney, Aubrey, Texas, six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Memorial services will be on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 11:00am at the Roller Funeral Home Chapel, Highway 5 North, Mountain Home, Arkansas. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery in Harrison, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the First United Method Church (FUMC) of Mountain Home Backpack Program, 605 W. 6th St., Mountain Home, AR 72653, or The Mountain Home Food Basket, 1341 Eastside Centre Court, Mountain Home, AR 72653.

Arrangements are by Roller Funeral Home.

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Published in Baxter Bulletin on Jan. 25, 2013
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