April 28, 2013

James ‘Jim’ E. McKinley

LOGANSPORT — James “Jim” E. McKinley, 80, Logansport, passed away at 9:50 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor.

Born Oct. 12, 1932, in Delaware County, he was the son of the late Lewis F. and Lela (Mendenhal) McKinley. On Jan. 1, 1955, in Mexico, Ind., Jim married Helen Mae Pierce, who preceded him in death June 2, 1999.

Jim retired from Continental Steel Company after 31 years of service. He had owned and operated the James E. McKinley Excavating Company and farmed. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in France from 1953 to 1954 during the Korean War and a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include two daughters, Jill Patterson of Kokomo and Becky Ann (Dennis) Peter of Nyona Lake; one son, Michael J. (Deloris) McKinley of Logansport; three brothers, Pastor Jay (Nancy) McKinley of Kokomo, Dale (Shirley) McKinley of Peru and John (Mary) McKinley of Logansport; two sisters, Judy (Charlie) Smelser of Walton and Rose “Sis” Popp of Kokomo; six granddaughters, Jennifer (Andrew) Schwartz of Soldotna, Ark., Amanda (Jim) Short of Logansport, Trista (Jason) Ennis of Delphi, Sara Patterson of Kokomo, Michelle (Scott) Boldry of Rochester and Paige (Shawn) Johnson of Anderson, S.C.; three great-grandchildren, Sheila Schwartz of Soldotna, Ark., and Madison and Marissa Ennis of Delphi.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and one son-in-law, Kevin Patterson.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Gundrum Funeral Home with his brother, Pastor Jay McKinley, officiating. Burial with full military rites will be in Ever-Rest Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of services Monday at the funeral home.

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