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Obituary: Richard L. McKinney

Richard L. McKinney 1918 ~ 2005 Richard Leslie McKinney, 87, died peacefully September 16, 2005, in his American Fork home, surrounded by family members who lovingly cared for him in that home over the last years of his life. Born March 17, 1918, to Rhoda Johnson McKinney and John Leslie McKinney of Cedar Valley. His family moved into the American Fork home in 1935 and he raised his own family on the same ranch after marrying Jolien Popp of Heber City on June 5, 1948. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 53 years, and his brothers, Kenneth, Jay and John, and sisters, Helen Stassi and Johnell Yurka. He is survived by his five children: Richele (Robb) Borchert and their children, Justin and Melyssa; Diane (Ed) Kellogg and their children, Amelia, Jeff and Brad; John Leslie (Jan) McKinney and their children, Rachel, Jeremy (Karissa and sons Myles and Cy), Andrew, Daniel, James (Chelsea and daughter Olivia), Shaliese, Phillip and Deborah; Patty (DeMar) Young and their children, Jenny (Micah and children Kylee, Emily, Josh and Nathan), Matthew (Jessica and daughters Sage and Sydnee), Wendy (Christian and sons Kaleb, Austin and Tyler), Chrissy (Dennis and son Jacob); Cindy (Keith) Young and their children, Angela (and son Jordan), Lon (Chalyce), Ashley, Leslie Jo, Lance and Kyle. He played both basketball and football in high school and served in the Army Air Corps as a pilot during World War II and later as an Air Force reservist flying out of Hill Air Force Base. When flying on weekend duty, he reportedly buzzed the ranch to let Jolien know how much he missed her. He believed in working hard and tended a large garden, when not caring for the thousands of egg-laying chickens on the ranch or working for the Utah State Highway Department. He was known to deliver produce from his garden to neighbors then leave free vegetables at the end of the lane for anyone passing by. Despite his well-established reputation for generosity, most knew that if they raided his corn patch uninvited they would hear gunshots. His life was dedicated to his wife and their five children, 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. The family invites friends to join them in honoring Richard on Thursday, Sept. 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at the chapel at 500 North 700 West in American Fork, where there will be a viewing beginning at 10:00 a.m. There will also be a viewing on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork. Burial will be in the Heber City Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. with military honors. The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to friends and hospice workers for their care and concern in recent weeks, as well as over the course of his long and well-lived life. Particular thanks go to cousins who have come from far away to honor Uncle Dick, close neighbors Byron and Shauna Healey who were always there, and to Dr. Tom Rogers and his staff.