COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Wayne Gordon McKee, 76, retired owner of McKee & Associates and resident of Tinsley Lane, Columbia, Tenn., died Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, at Maury Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving children after a short battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Oakes & Nichols in Columbia with Chaplain Eddie Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in Neapolis Cemetery with military honors at graveside provided by Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19. The family will visit with friends Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. Notes of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.oakesandnichols.com.
A native of Mount Vernon, Ohio, he was the son of the late Thomas James McKee and Audrey Viola Jones McKee Sweet. He was a 1951 graduate of Gambier High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958. Mr. McKee owned and operated McKee & Associates for a number of years and most recently worked with Discount Plumbing Co. in Franklin. He was an avid sports enthusiast and loved to play golf. He coached girls fast-pitch softball and was affectionately known as “Grandpa” at the Pillow Park ballfields. He was a member of Colonial City MOOSE Lodge 2555 in Mount Vernon, Ohio. He was married Sept. 27, 1953, to the former Margaret Ann “Marge” Wells. Their 55-year marriage ended in her death Jan. 25, 2009.
Survivors include daughters, Lori McKee of San Francisco, Calif., and Lisa McKee of Columbia, Tenn.; sons, Michael (Tina) McKee of Louisville, Ky., Ron McKee of Columbia, Tenn., and Doug (Sandy) McKee of Duck River, Tenn.; beloved and loving grandchildren, Wes McKee, Kelly McKee, Kristin McKee, Elizabeth McKee, Maygon McKee, Amanda McKee, Austin McKee and Ashley Zerweck; great-grandchildren, Teagan Zerweck and Braxton McKee; sisters, Ellen McClain of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Carolyn (Neil) Hallman of Fredericktown, Ohio, Marilyn Keyes of Senecaville, Ohio, Lois (Bob) Reamsnider of Butler, Ohio, Linda McKee of Ipswich, Mass., and Nancy (Larry) Hogrebe of Yorba Linda, Calif.; brothers, Robert (Shirley) McKee of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Richard McKee of Illinois and Don McKee of Steelwell, Ohio.
Pallbearers are Wes McKee, Austin McKee, John Zerweck, Adam Breece, Terry B. Wells and Chuck Hallman.