McKINNEY, Billy Junior Billy Junior McKinney (aka: Mr. Bill) of Springdale, Washington passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, WA. Born January 20, 1941 in Colville, WA, he was raised in the Chewelah and Addy area of Stevens County, WA. He is survived by his wife, Lois Eileen Bliesner McKinney, four children: daughter Jackie Lea Gash, Springdale, WA; Paul Edwin McKinney, Springdale, WA; Douglas Brian McKinney, Chewelah, WA; and William Frederick Norton McKinney, Souix City, IA; four grandsons, one great-grandson, two brothers: Warren McKinney of Visalia, CA, and Keith McKinney of Clayton, WA, and numerous nieces and nephews. Written by Billy J. McKinney, May 10th, 1980: Joined the Army in March of 1958, served eight years in Korea and two tours in Vietnam with the 25th Division. Wounded in action on July 17, 1967, by a mortar round and blinded in one eye. Received a Combat Infantry Badge, a Bronze Star, and The Purple Heart. Medically discharged from the Army on June 5, 1968. He married Lois on November 22, 1969. "I had a hard time adjusting to the way people thought about Vietnam Veterans. Worked as a Custodian, but skilled in all trades. Commanded respect and received the honor of a proud man deserved." "Let no man mourn my passing, I came into this world and have left my footsteps half-way around the world, though I will not be remembered for any earth shattering event, but I hope that what I did in life was of some benefit to someone. I lived my life like I wanted, with its joys, its sorrows, its pain, its disappointments and love. So, let just one person remember me with respect and prind and I will go to my final resting place happy." Potluck memorial service will be on Sunday, August 10th, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at the Camas Valley Grange in Springdale, WA. Spokane Cremation & Funeral Service, 2832 North Ruby, Spokane, WA 99207, assisted the family with all arrangements.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Aug. 8, 2014