Lee A. McKinley Jr., 76, of 23 Orchard Valley Road, passed away Monday (April 14, 2014) at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
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Born Jan. 4, 1938, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Lee A. and Ruth Moore McKinley. On July 2, 1960, in Olean, N.Y., he married Sandra Habgood McKinley, who survives.
He was a 1955 graduate of Bradford High School, where he was on the state championship football team. He attended the University of Buffalo, N.Y., then transferred to Embrey Riddle Aeronautical Institute, where he earned a degree in aeronautical engineering.
Upon completing his education, Mr. McKinley began his career with Pan American Airways in Miami, Fla. In 1963, he and his family moved to Guatemala and he spent most of his career in the commercial airline industry working throughout Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Mexico.
In December of 1978, he returned to Bradford and began working for National Aviation Underwriters and then he worked for Avemco Insurance. He then formed Aviation Insurance Resources with other partners and was active in the company until the time of his death.
An avid outdoors man and animal lover, he enjoyed trap and skeet shooting, playing tennis and was a sports enthusiast. His greatest passion was for aviation and piloting his own plane.
He was a member of the Bradford and Pennhills clubs.
In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by two children, Jeffrey H. (Heather) McKinley of Roswell, Ga., and Melissa McKinley-(Troy) Smith of Bradford; eight grandchildren, Trent McKinley, Trevor McKinley, Samantha McKinley-Schuster, Colton McKinley, Paityn McKinley, Conner McKinley, Madison Lee McKinley and Declan Smith; three stepgrandchildren, Reagan Thompson, Jillian Thompson and Jason Thompson; two great-grandchildren, Keegan Schuster and Delilah Schuster; and various nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Lee A. "Bert" McKinley III on June 15, 1986; and two sisters, Gloria McKinley and Mary McKinley-Rosner
At the request of the family, there will be no public visitation, and services will be private. Mausoleum entombment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the Bradford Hospital Foundation; or a
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com.
Published in The Bradford Era from Apr. 15 to Apr. 22, 2014