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Obituary: George Graydon McKinney

George Graydon McKinney died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in Everlasting Care Center, Kingman.

He moved to Kingman in June of 2002 from Meadview. He was born Dec. 13, 1931, to Graydon Barnett and Leona Bush McKinney in Ellsworth, Kan. He married Helen Fern Porter in Bremerton, Wash., on Aug. 16, 1980. Helen survives him.

He is also survived by the following children: Susan (Bob) Rodriguez of Fair Grove, Mo., Daniel McKinney of Spring Valley, Calif., Karen (Dale) Manring of Panama City, Fla., and Kathryn McKinney of Springfield, Mo. His stepchildren include: Georgiana Fukushima of Chula Vista, Calif., David (Becky) Maiden of Olympia, Wash., and Terri Maiden of Chiloquin, Ore. He is also survived by his brother, Robert (Karen) McKinney of Las Vegas; his stepbrother, Edward (Shari) West of Anderson Island, Wash., and other survivors include numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

George proudly served in the United States Navy for 25 years on various ships and stations, and retired as a Master Chief Storekeeper.

He then worked in Civil Service for the Navy at Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific, Coronado, Calif.; Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.; and Trident Refit Facility, Bangor, Wash.

George was a Mason for over 50 years and was a member of York Rite, Scottish Rite, Shrine and Grotto.

He was a charter member of Rough Ashlar Daylight Lodge No. 79, Free and Accepted Masons.

He also belonged to Fleet Reserve Association, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Korean War Veterans and Elks.

He was an elder at Kingman Presbyterian Church.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 23, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave., with interment in the Masonic section at Mountain View Cemetery, 1301 Stockton Hill Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kingman Presbyterian Church in care of the funeral home.