John Murray McKinley, 94, of Rochester, MN, peacefully entered the gates of Heaven, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Golden Living Center West, in Rochester, MN.
John was born to James and Jane McKinley on a small farm near Traer, IA, on May 21, 1918. He later married Mary Reeves on March 14, 1940, near Traer.
For a time, John worked at John Deere in Waterloo, IA, then farmed full time in Iowa, Wisconsin, and finally settled in Minnesota.
John is survived by five children, Sam (Carole) McKinley of Omaha, NE; daughter-in-law, Karol, of Hudson, IA; Mary Lois (Morris) Dinsdale, of Marshalltown, IA; Kathyrn (Jack) Syhlman, of Moravia, IA; Ema McKinley, of Rochester, MN; and Murray McKinley, of Rochester, MN; and adopted daughters Dorothy (Dan) Dunn of Owatonna, MN; and Cathy (Daryn) Ruggeberg, of Rochester, MN. John has 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. He is preceded in death by wife Mary, and son John.
A viewing will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home in Rochester. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with a luncheon to follow at 11. A burial service will be at 3:30 p.m. at Buckingham Cemetery in Traer, IA, followed by a luncheon at the North Tama Activity Center in Traer.
John was a loving husband and father. He will always be remembered as a man of great faith who touched the lives of those he met and will be sorely missed.