Jerry Douglas McKinney
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Great Falls —Jerry Douglas McKinney, 72, of Great Falls, a retired FBI agent and college professor, passed away of cancer at Peace Hospice, Sunday, July 14, 2013. Memorial services will be Friday, July 19th, 10:00am, Christ United Methodist Church, 2900 9th Avenue South, Pastor Bill Jensen officiating.
Jerry was born February 9, 1941, Spruce Pine, North Carolina to Howard and Clara (Gage) McKinney. He was raised in Cherryville, NC. He married Joyce Philbeck, they divorced in 1983, but not before they brought into this world three beautiful children.
He was well educated, attending Gardner-Webb, Western Carolina, Fairfield University and Montana State University. His degrees include Associate, Bachelor of Arts, Masters and Doctorate in Education.
He worked as a special agent for the FBI from 1962-1981, as a private investigator and as a professor in Criminal Justice and Sociology.
His contributions to the community were immense. He was a significant contributor to the following; State Historical Society Preservation Committee, Dachshund Club, American Kennel Club, Democtratic Party Committee, and he helped with Adult Women Prisoners.
A few of his hobbies and interests include numismatics (coin collecting) and philately (stamp collecting); showing, breeding and raising dachshunds; he loved teaching and going to school; he was a Treky (Star Trek Memorabilia Collector); and he was an avid researcher of organized crime.
His survivors include his children Marjé (Dennis)Trotter of Boiling Springs, SC, Mark D. (Valerie) of Chicago, IL and H. Jason L. (Angela) of South Daytona Beach, FL; siblings Ella Sewell of Cumming, GA and Maurice McKinney of Ormond Beach, FL; and eight grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Donations may be made to Peace Hospice of Montana, 1101 26th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405.
Condolences may be shared at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 18, 2013