In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the El Dorado Springs Church of God (Holiness) Benevolence Fund.
Michael Dennis McKinney, age 63, of El Dorado Springs, MO, was born on August 24, 1948, in Independence, MO and went to be with his Lord on September 17, 2011, after a lengthy battle with heart disease and later with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born to Lawrence Dennis McKinney and Jewell (Caruthers) McKinney and lived in Kansas City, MO as a child, moving to Schell City as a young teenager. He graduated from Shell City High School where he enjoyed playing basketball. He later attended SBU in Bolivar and MSU in Springfield, where he met and married his wife of 40 years, Jane Locke. They were best friends, partners, and confidants.
Mike was a devoted and loving father to their three children: Rob McKinney and wife Christy, Courtney Bland and husband Nick, all of El Dorado Springs, and Andrew McKinney of Springfield, MO. Mike took special delight in his four grandsons: Shelby and Will McKinney and Noah and Jack Bland. Mike is also survived by two brothers: David McKinney and wife Connie of Carthage, MO, and Terry McKinney and wife Linda of Shell City, MO; and also by ten nephews and six nieces.
Mike was a member of the Missouri National Guard from 1970 to 1976, working in the communications department; and was also a sharp shooter.
He worked as a housing specialist for the government right after he married and when that job was phased out he moved back to Shell City to farm with his dad. He took great delight in his cattle operation and also raised row crops and did custom baling. His hobbies were buying rebuilder vehicles and real estate investing.
Mike was a builder. When he was in kindergarten his teacher noted on his report card that he needed to learn to play with something besides building blocks.
During his first year of farming, once he got his crops in, he went to Nevada to work for a contractor as the low man on the totem pole, working there until harvest time. The next spring he started McKinney Construction Co., building his first house by hiring an older, experienced carpenter. He went on to build many houses and commercial buildings in this area as well as doing major remodeling projects on various Housing Authority Apartment Complexes. He was noted for being a hard worker. He was honest, innovative, persistent, funny, loyal, and a source of strength and stability to all he knew. His office supplies were napkins and pens.
As much as he loved building as a general contractor, his great passion was building into the lives of others. He had no greater pleasure than helping someone do better or draw closer to the Lord. He served as one of the Elders at Maranatha Christian Fellowship for many years, being pastor to whomever needed a friend, whether at church or on the jobsite or in the coffee shop. He had the ability to look at people the way God does and see the potential that needed encouragement. Whether a person needed a listening ear, or counseling, or money or a job, he did whatever he could to come alongside and help them get going again.
Mike was far from being a perfect man, but he was a godly man and he walked out his faith in everyday life. He has built so much into the lives of his family and friends that he will be a part of us forever.
Funeral services for Mike McKinney were held on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at El Dorado Springs Church of God (Holiness) with Rev. Silas McGehee and Mike Woelk officiating. Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery at Shell City, MO, under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Randy Bland, Randy Ellifrits, Brent Ernsbarger, Darrel Hillier, Robert Fox, and Rick Miller.