The Herald Democrat
October 4, 2009
Jack Duke McKinney, 86 of Sherman, went to be with our Lord on Thursday,
Oct. 1, 2009, while being comforted by his family. Arrangements are under
the direction of Dannel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at
11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 5 at North Park Baptist Church.
Rev. David Murphy of the church will officiate. Interment will follow
at Cedarlawn Memorial Park where military honors will be accorded at the
Family night will be from 4 -6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4 at the funeral
Jack began his earthly life on Aug. 2, 1923, in Waxahachie as the
son of Mary Elizabeth Williams and Jim Duke McKinney. He was preceded in
death by his loving parents.
After graduating from Sherman High School in 1941, he moved to Dallas
and worked at a machine shop.
He then enlisted in the Army Air Force in November 1942, serving
in World War II as a tail gunner on a B-17 and radio operator and mechanic.
He rose to the rank of staff sergeant in World War II and was captured
by the Germans. He was then imprisoned as a POW for 16 months in Stalag
17B in Krems, Austria. He received an Air Medal, POW Medal, Good Conduct
Medal, Air Gunner Wings and Air Crew Wings. He returned home in Oct. of
Jack attended North Texas Business College and graduated in 1953.
He worked at Scheurer Brother Hardware while attending college. In 1957
he went to work in construction for Shellenberger Inc. as an estimator
and office manager. He retired in 1980 but continued to work for a while
with Crookham & Vessels, George Bradley and Coldwell Banker.
Jack was an active member of North Park Baptist Church, in Sherman,
serving as a Deacon.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Louise Lane McKinney; son
Dennis McKinney and wife Kim of Sherman; daughter Karen McKinney and fiance
Gerald Sears of Sherman; grandchildren, Staff Sgt. Joshua Duke McKinney
and wife Lorinda of Barksdale, AFB , Mori Michelle McKinney of Sherman
and Krista McKinney Russell and husband 2nd Lieutenant Brian Russell of
Wichita Falls; great-grandson Jaden Duke McKinney of Barksdale, AFB. He
is also survived by brothers, Charles A. McKinney and wife Pat of Arlington
and Joe P. McKinney and wife J.L. of Pottsboro; and a number of nieces
Pallbearers will be his nephews Douglas Olds, Scott McKinney, Bill
Lane, Jerry McKinney, Carlis Neal and Mark Lane; honorary pallbearers will
be Deacons of North Park Baptist Church.
If desired, memorials may be made to North Park Baptist Church,
2605 Rex Cruse Drive, Sherman, TX 75092; The Rehabilitation Center, 1216
Hillcrest, Sherman, TX 75092 or Home Hospice of Grayson County 505 W. Center
St., Sherman, TX 75090.