William E. “Bill” McKinzie Jr., 89, of Sedalia, died on Nov. 13, 2013.
He was born Aug. 23, 1924 in Blackwater, the son of William and Flora Wesselmann McKinzie. On Nov. 22, 1958 in Chicago, Ill., he married Rosemary Even who survives in Sedalia.
McKinzie was raised in Blackwater and educated in Martinsville Parochial School. He lived in Boonville and was employed with Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line when called to service in the US Army in August 1945. He was discharged with the rank of staff sergeant in November 1947 after serving in Japan for the last 13 months. He returned to Panhandle Eastern Pipeline in 1947 for whom he worked as a heavy equipment operator until retiring in 1985. While in Boonville, he belonged to the VFW.
McKinzie also farmed, raising hogs and cattle, first on a farm near Columbia, until 1963, and then on farms near La Monte and Warrensburg until retiring in 2006.
Since 1966, he was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Sedalia and served as an usher for many years at the early mass. He was a member of the Jolly Elders, and served on its board of directors.
Surviving family are daughters Monica S. McKinzie of Kansas City, Mo., and Georgia M. Vincent, her husband Thomas Vincent of Perry, Iowa; and sons William E. McKinzie III, and his wife Ellen, of Fulton, MD, and Ted A. McKinzie of Lawson; a granddaughter Allison Vincent and grandson Daniel Vincent of Perry, Iowa. Also surviving is a sister Frances Zamora, of Nassau Bay, Texas; brother Leonard McKinzie, of Overland Park, Kan. Bill McKinzie was predeceased by his parents and brothers Robert McKinzie, Raymond McKinzie and Earl McKinzie.
Visitation will be held at the McLaughlin Funeral Chapel in Sedalia on Friday, November 29. A prayer service will begin at 5:00 pm with visitation to follow until 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Sedalia on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 10:30 a.m. Inurnment will take place at a later date at the future columbarium at Sacred Heart Church.
Memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart Foundation or the Bothwell Regional Health Center Foundation in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be offered online at www.mclaughlinfuneralchapel.com.