Dr. Reid McKinney of Pittsburg, Kan., died Friday Jan. 22, 2010, at Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center following a long illness. He was 92.
Dr. McKinney was born Jan, 30, 1917, in Lafontaine, Kan., to Oscar and Myrtle (Bobbitt) McKinney. He graduated from Lafontaine High School in 1935, later from Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg, Kan. He received his masterís degree in 1950 and completed his doctoral work at Greeley Colorado State in 1962.
He spent most of his life teaching with the exception of working for the FBI and Sinclair Oil Company. He served as teacher, principal and superintendent with Cedar Valley, Kan., schools for nine years leaving to be on the faculty at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. He also taught at University of Omaha, Neb. He accepted a position at Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg as supervisor of Teachersí Education in charge of Horace Mann at College High. He served as department chairman one year. He retired in 1984, but continued supervising for three more years. He was a 45-year member of Phi Delta Kappa. He was an active member of South Broadway Baptist Church. He had been a Sunday school teacher, served on the Deaconate Board and Board of Stewardship and Finance. He lived his religion everyday not just Sunday. He was a long time member of the Lionís Club and the oldest living member. His special interest was helping others obtain eyeglasses. He served on the board of directors of the Pittsburg Salvation Army and was a 24-year member of the Kansas Teacherís Credit Union.
He married Frieda Fowler on Nov. 27, 1941, and recently celebrated their 68-year anniversary. They lived in Pittsburg since 1963. She survives, of the home.
Additional survivors include one son and his wife, Dr. Scott and Shelley McKinney of Miami; one sister, Bernice Johnson, and two grandsons, Mark and Brian McKinney.
He was preceded in death by one son, Larry Reid McKinney; his parents; one brother, Ray McKinney, and one grandson, Christopher Reid McKinney.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Feb. 6 at South Broadway Baptist Church. The Rev. Dan Moss will officiate. Private burial will take place at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg.
Memorials are suggested to South Broadway Baptist Church in care of the funeral home, 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762.
E-mail condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com.