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Paul Eugene McKinney was born July 18, 1939 in rural Macksburg, Iowa and was the son of Faye (Allsop) and Percy C. McKinney. He graduated from Macksburg High School in May 1958. Paul was baptized at the First United Methodist Church in Creston on April 14, 1963.
On June 14, 1959, Paul married Muriel E. Tuttle and they had three children; Robin born 1961, Misty born 1962 and Troy born 1963. Paul and Muriel divorced in 1979.
After graduation, Paul went to work for Center Milk Company in Creston. In 1962, he started work at Creston Purolator for 14 years. In 1964, the McKinney family bought a farm near Diagonal, where he continued to work at Purolator and farmed. Paul was also a school bus driver for the Diagonal Community School District for 29 years and the Mount Ayr School District for 5 years. Paul did custom baling for many years. He was a very hard worker and never would hesitate to help someone. He never knew a stranger!
Paul sold the farm before moving to Mount Ayr.
In October of 2010 Paul met the love of his life, Mary Williamson. At this time he inherited a son Brian Williamson (friend Stacey), daughter Brandi Williamson (significant other Sean) and granddaughter Paige Smith. Paul's dream was to go to Texas to get away from the cold Iowa winters. Paul and Mary began going to Pharr, Texas in 2011 and continued going until his passing. They made many good friends down in Texas and spent many days dancing. While south they would travel to many different areas of Texas and would cross the border into Progresso, Mexico. They simply had the time of their life together.
Paul and Mary would go on many tractor rides together throughout the surrounding counties. You would sometimes see him with his great grandchildren riding along. His favorite tractor was "anything" John Deere!
Paul passed away, Sunday, July 2, 2017 in rural, Union County.
Paul is survived by his significant other Mary Williamson of Mount Ayr; daughter Robin (David) Stuva of Auburn, Illinois; daughter Misty Walkup (special friend Jeff Spencer) of Leon; son Troy McKinney of Winterset; son-in-law Bobby Walkup; grandson Justin (Kerry) Stuva of LeRoy, Illinois; granddaughter Whitney (Levi) Chesher of Bloomington, Illinois; granddaughter Tory (Chris) Parker of Creston; grandson Shaun Walkup of Diagonal; grandson Josh McKinney of Winterset; granddaughter Brooklyn McKinney (her mother Erin Dodge) of Creston; great grandchildren, Ryer and Rogan Parker of Creston, Wesley and Chloe McKinney of Winterset, Trapper Stuva of LeRoy, Illinois; sister Maurine Schmidt of Lorimor; many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters LaDene Brown and Helen Heyart; brothers-in-law Joe Brown and George Schmidt; great-grandson Finn Stuva.
Services: 10:30 am - Monday, July 24, 2017 at Armstrong Funeral Home - Mt. Ayr, Iowa
Officiant: Pastor Dwayne Henrichs
Open Viewing: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Sunday, July 23 at the Armstrong Funeral Home - Mt. Ayr, Iowa
Family Present: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Sunday, July 23 at the Armstrong Funeral Home - Mt. Ayr, Iowa
Memorial Fund: Mount Ayr FFA
Burial: Moon Cemetery - Macksburg, Iowa
Robin, Misty, Troy and families...so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Caryl Ann Fine Jul 24 2017 12:00 AM
I'm sorry to hear of Paul's passing. My dad, Sam Thompson, and Paul were good friends. My thoughts are with your family.
Laura Thompson Forret Jul 21 2017 12:00 AM
Mary and Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Always, we looked forward to seeing you and Paul at the Tip of Texas dance each year. Though we did't have long visits, we felt the friendship bond. Jr. and Marylin Carr and the Missouri bunch
Jr. and Marylin Carr Jul 21 2017 12:00 AM
Our sincere sympathy to Mary and all of Paul's family. He'll surely be missed by all who knew him. Always a friendly smile. Dan & Sharon McKinney & daughters
Dan & Sharon McKinney Jul 18 2017 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and the family. We will miss you dearly. We have only the fondest memories of you Paul. Love you both. :'(
Liz and David - Harlingen, TX Jul 18 2017 12:00 AM
Paul was one of our good friends that we looked forward to seeing when we would come to Mt. Ayr. He always had a helpful hand for us or anyone who needed it. Our sympathy is sent to Mary and also Paul's family. He will be missed by many. Janet and Jim
Jim and Janet Knedler Jul 17 2017 12:00 AM
See you on down the trail: we will miss you, your smile, and you and Mary on the dance floor. Our prayers are with you Mary and family. Louie and Chari
Louis and Chari Heldenbrand Jul 17 2017 12:00 AM