MAX T., II, D.O., died in Farmington Hills, Michigan on Tuesday December 27, 2016. He was 83 years old.
He was born in 1933 in Wayne, Michigan to Max Theodore and Marie Antoinette McKinney, and was the second of four children. He married his high school sweetheart Marilyn Sue Anderson a year after their 1952 graduation from Wayne Memorial High School.
Dr. McKinney earned a B.S. degree from Eastern Michigan College in 1957, and completed one year of graduate studies before being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was on active duty for six months at Fort Bliss in Texas and Fort Knox in Kentucky. He rose to the rank of captain.
Dr. McKinney graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa in 1969. He interned at Botsford Hospital before starting a family practice in Farmington Hills.
He served on the Botsford Hospital board of directors and contributed to a broad range of professional organizations, including the Oakland County Osteopathic Association, the Michigan Osteopathic Association, the American Osteopathic Association, and Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Michigan.
Sharing his experience with the Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center through numerous appointments and positions, his service included positions on the board of trustees, the board of directors, and the national alumni association.
His professional honors include Alumnus of the Year from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center; Distinguished Lifetime Award from the Michigan Hospital Association; Distinguished Service Award from Botsford Hospital, and the Walter F. Patenge Public Service Award from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
He loved his wife Marilyn more than anything, and was happiest when they were together. The couple traveled widely in conjunction with Dr. McKinney's professional activities, enjoying each other's companionship.
Dr. McKinney is survived by his wife, Marilyn McKinney; sons Todd (Jackie Fortino) McKinney, Kevin McKinney and Kirk McKinney; grandchildren Colleen Vargovich, Anne Fortino, Jonathan McKinney, Connor McKinney, Lillian McKinney, Theodora McKinney, Zoe McKinney and Cobhan McKinney; sister Nancy Peters, and brothers Eugene McKinney and John (Mary) McKinney.
A celebration of Dr. McKinney's life will be held 2-5 p.m. Saturday, January 28 at Glen Oaks Country Club, 30500 W. Thirteen Mile Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. McKinney's name to the MOA Charitable Fund, 2445 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48864, or to a charity of your choice