David City — Ronald "Ron" D. McKay, 69, of David City, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at the Butler County Healthcare Center in David City.

Visitation was held Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at Kracl Funeral Chapel in David City.

Visitation continued Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at the funeral chapel.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 at the funeral chapel. Rev. Sarah Gengler officiated. 

Burial was in the Westlawn Memorial Park in Grand Island.

Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

Ron was born on Aug. 26, 1950, to Chloe Ellen (Harley) McKay and Harry Duane McKay in Booneville, AR. The family moved back to O’Neill where he spent most of his growing years. 

He graduated from O’Neill High School in 1968 and then attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney, formerly known as Kearney State College. Ron studied there for 3-1/2 years. After college he went to work as a machinist and machine shop supervisor in Denver, CO, Kearney,  Grand  Island, Alda,  Columbus and Atkinson.   

Ron spent several years traveling for Kennametal Machine Tool as a training specialist where he taught machinists all over the United States “tooling principles and applications.” 

He and Jan were united in marriage on Nov. 29, 1975, in Grand Island. They spent several fun loving years moving around and living in Denver and spending weekends in the mountains. Both Ron and Jan enjoyed the outdoors and Ron’s special love was hunting.  

They moved back to Nebraska to be closer to family. They welcomed two wonderful sons Reily and Kyle in 1985 and 1987.  

Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his sons and attending their sporting activities. In later years his biggest joy was becoming a grandfather and attending the ball games of his grandchildren.

Rod is survived by his wife Jan McKay of David City; two sons Reily (Ashley) McKay of Columbus and Kyle (Angela Flowers) McKay; five grandchildren Jayden, Knoxon and Chloella McKay and Michael and Kenya Flowers; and two sisters-in- law Connie (Harlan) Sawyer and Rita Lanzendorf, both of Grand Island.

He was preceded in death by his parents H. Duane and Chloe Ellen McKay, one sister Ellen Datus and one baby brother Lane.                 


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