Roy B. McKinney, Jr of Kettle Falls went to heaven on August 5, 2011 in Spokane at the age of 79. He was born June 5, 1932 in Drumheller, Alberta Canada to Roy B. McKinney and Leola (Berry) McKinney. With his parents, he returned to the United States in 1939 and grew up in Palouse. After attending school, he enlisted in the US Navy. After being honorably discharged, he married Dorothy Carmen and had two sons, Daniel R and Darrell F. He drove truck for Henchcliff in Dayton. He then moved to Waitsburg where he was the Chief of Police for two years.
In 1962, he met the love of his life, Carol. After dating for nine days, they were married on January 9, 1963 in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. In 1965, he began his career for the US mail as a self-employed contractor. In 1970, he moved his family to Kettle Falls where he continued to work for the US Postal Service until 1979. In 1980, he became employed by the Kettle Falls School District working as a school bus driver and later in the library. He worked for the school until his retirement in 1997.
As a child he was a huge Gene Autry and Roy Rogers fan and still watched Gene Autry movies daily. He loved horses and often talked about his horse, Trigger Jr. Roy’s love of fishing took him outdoors often and he enjoyed camping and boating with his family. He enjoyed having coffee with his many friends at Hayden’s Bar and Grill and Little Galea in Kettle Falls. He also loved playing the slot machines at the local casinos.
He is survived by his wife Carol G. McKinney of 48 years; his daughters, Lisa J. McKinney of Kettle Falls, Patricia A. and husband Loren A. Erdman of Colville, sons Neal M. McKinney of Roslyn and Thomas R. McKinney of Los Angeles; nine grandchildren, Kaylynn R. Scott and fiancé Cailen T. McCurdy, Bellingham, Keshya M. Kilgore, Kettle Falls, Private Brandon K. Kilgore, Fort Lewis, Miranda S. McKinney, Spokane, Mercedes E. Wilson and Zach T. Wilson, Spokane and Hannah J. and Hayden M. Hartman, Colville; three great-grandchildren, Teryn J. McCurdy, Ayven R. McCurdy and Cameron K. LeBret. He also loved his poodle, Eddie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his three brothers, two sisters and his two sons.
A celebration of life service and luncheon will be held on Wednesday, August 10 at 11 a.m., Ag Trade Center, 411 W. Astor, Colville, WA. Graveside services will follow at a later date in Palouse.
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