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John Wallace Mackey

XENIA: John Wallace Mackey, 93, died Monday, December 17 at his home in Xenia.

He was born August 17, 1919, in Sullivan, Indiana, the son of Hazel Boles and John N. Mackey, but grew up in West Lafayette, Ohio where he graduated from high school. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University and UCLA before joining the Army Air Corp in WWII.

John married Ruth Cottingham, the mother of his children, who died in 1971. He later married Vivian Buser, who also preceded him in death. He was also preceded by a sister, Clarice Shaw and a son, John Scott Mackey.

He was a builder who built many homes in the Greene County area. He had worked at Xenia Lumber, and as an instructor at ITT in Dayton before his last career as a building inspector for the city of Kettering.

John was an avid photographer who enjoyed using his creative talents and sharing those with others. He was chair of the committee to build the daycare addition to the West Lafayette United Methodist Church, and when he moved back to Xenia, remained active in Faith Community United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Double I Sunday School class and United Methodist Men. He was also a former member of Xenia Masonic Lodge, #49, and Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton and Antioch Temple, Dayton.

John is survived by three children: Steven (Rosi) Mackey, Xenia, Sue Mackey, and Sandra Wilson, both of Kettering; and daughter-in-law, Jill Mackey of Sundance, Wy; also survived by eight grandchildren: David (Jennifer) Mackey, and Jesse (Natalie) Mackey of Xenia, Brianne (Denis) Aumack, Verona, New Jersey, John A. Mackey of Pierre, South Dakota, Ruth (Chris) Smith, Saratoga Springs, New York, Sarah (Josh) Reid, Spearfish, South Dakota, Frances Mackey, Sundance, Wyoming, and Sam Kemp, Cincinnati, Ohio. Additionally, he is survived by five great grandchildren: Jacob, Gabrielle, and Abigail Mackey of Xenia, Ethan Aumack of New Jersey and Kara Smith of New York.

Services will be at 4 pm. Thursday at Faith Community United Methodist, 100 Country Club Dr. with internment at the convenience of family.

Contributions may be made to Faith Community United Methodist Church.

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Services entrusted to McColaugh Funeral Home, Xenia, Ohio.
Published in the Coshocton Tribune on Dec. 19, 2012
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