Larry L. McKee, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on January 1, 2022 at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas after a battle with congestive heart failure. He was 91 years old.
Memorial Services, 1pm, Saturday, January 15, 2022, First Christian Church, Clearwater.
Larry was born at home on Christmas Day 1930 to Lloyd Dale McKee Sr. and Lois McKee. He grew up in Wichita and graduated from East High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1949 and was later selected for Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He served as Commanding Officer of the Marine Reservists in Wichita from 1954 – 1958 and again from 1965 – 1967. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
In civilian life, Larry was a top flight auto mechanic. He worked at Unruh Alignment and then was a partner in Peniston/McKee Alignment. He opened his own business (McKee Alignment Service) in 1969 and operated it until his retirement in 1990.
Larry moved his family from Wichita to Clearwater, KS in 1968. He was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Clearwater and served in many leadership roles over the years. He was a church elder, board member, and even delivered sermons from time to time. He taught Youth to Adult Sunday School classes across six decades. He also enjoyed singing tenor in the choir and helping his wife set up dinners in the Fellowship Hall. Larry received a Service Emeritus award from the church in 2015.
Larry loved to be with his family and always brought smiles to those who knew and loved him. He was a very hard worker and could fix almost anything. He enjoyed working on his 20 acre “country estate” and spending time on his tractor. He genuinely loved being outdoors.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Eldon McKee and Lloyd Dale McKee Jr. Survivors include his loving wife of over 66 years, Nima McKee, and sons Kevin ((Lisa), Conner, Colter, and Sarah) and Aaron ((Thea), Mike and Katie).
Larry had a big heart that was loving, caring, giving, and serving. He will always be in our hearts and we know he is with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Memorial: First Christian Church, 524 Wood, Clearwater, KS 67026
First Christian Church
524 Wood, Clearwater KS 67026