July 28, 1937 — December 11, 2018 WHITEHALL — Kenneth “Muggins” McKee, 81, passed away on Dec. 11, 2018 at the Slate Valley Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in North Granville.
Kenneth was born on July 28, 1937, in Whitehall, the son of the Late Janette (Greenwood) McKee and Vernon McKee. He graduated from Whitehall High School, Class of 1955. After high school, Ken secured a job with the U.S. Postal Service, where he worked for more than 33 years at the Whitehall location and three years as Post Master of the North Granville Post Office.
Kenneth spent 38 years as part of the Naval Reserve Force as a Sea-Bee, the builders in the Navy. His crew built the gazebo in Whitehall’s waterfront park. During his time in the reserves, he was able to see many areas of the world. He spent time in Spain, Cuba, Mississippi, North Carolina and traveled through the Panama Canal, bringing back stories of his adventures to share.
He was a former member of the BPO Elks, Masons and American Legion. He was a social man and was involved in many community projects. In 1975, he painted all of the gold leaf and the Altar for the Norte Dame Church in Whitehall.
Kenneth is survived by his loving wife, Beverly A. McKee, of Whitehall; sons, Kenneth J. McKee (Tracy) and Kevin P. McKee (Linda); daughters, Joyce A. Maroun (Arthur), Rebecca J. Rocque (Matthew) and Florence L. Bourgeios (William); grandchildren, Joseph, Cynthia, Amy, Julia, Savannah and Brielle.
Kenneth was a great family man and loving father, never losing an opportunity to be part of his family’s life. He taught all of his children his passion for crafts and artwork, gardening, nature hikes, exploring new places and how to drive. His family and friends will always remember him as a simple man enjoying what the world would offer him and never complaining.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at the Slate Valley Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, for all the wonderful, compassionate care they bestowed upon Kenneth during his time there.
A graveside memorial service will be held in the spring at a date to be announced.
Arrangements are under the care of Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St., Whitehall.
Online condolences may be made at www.jillsonfuneralhome.com.