James McKinney

Born: Sun., Jul. 6, 1941
Died: Fri., Mar. 2, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Mar. 06, 2018
Location: Pittsfield Location

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Wed., Mar. 07, 2018
Location: First Christian Church

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James McKinney, age 76 of Pittsfield, Ill. passed away March 2, 2018 at his residence.  James was born on July 6, 1941 to James A. and Ada Harris McKinney in Quincy, Illinois.  He married the love of his life, Kay Willard, on September 1, 1963 at the First Christian Church in Pittsfield.

Jim graduated in 1959 from Pittsfield High School and went on to the University of Illinois, graduating in 1964 with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. He then started his career with C.I.P.S. as an electrical engineer. He worked mainly out of Beardstown but spent some time in Macomb, retiring in 2002.  After retiring Jim and Kay moved back to Pittsfield to live on the family farm, where Jim was so happy to spend the last years of his life among old friends and family.  Jim was a member of the Beardstown United Methodist Church for 30 years and served on the pastor parish committee and was church trustee.  Jim enjoyed teaching Sunday school to the 8 year old class.  While living in Beardstown Jim was a member of the Elks B P O Lodge #1007, served on the Planning Commission for the City and was President of the Chamber of Commerce. He was also involved with the Habitat for Humanity.  

Jim was a man of many talents, once playing the role of 'Sandy' in a unique version of "GREASE". Jim loved to travel, taking many trips over the years and he also enjoyed golfing.  But Jim's family and friends were most important to him. He was a man with a kind heart and a gentle soul that will be greatly missed.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Kay; two daughters Ellyn (Tom) Gehrke, Elmhurst, Ill., Meg Woods, Quincy, Ill.;  three grandchildren Kate Gehrke, Evan Woods, Ava Gehrke;  one sister Beverly (Walt Brown) Govreau, Jacksonville, Ill.;  three nieces Michelle (Bob) Mosley, Denise (Jerry) Shaffer, Renee (Lee) Smith, and several great nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents and one niece Colette Govreau.

Charitable donations may be made in James's memory to the following organizations:

First Christian Church
225 N. Memorial, Pittsfield, IL 62363

Salvation Army
c/o Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield, IL

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Robert (Bob) Schedel
   Posted Sat March 03, 2018
Kay and family--So very sorry to learn of Jim's passing. Please accept my sincere condolences to you and the family in this sad event.
Bob Schedel

Stan and Sandy Likes
   Posted Sat March 03, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss, Kay. Jim was a wonderful man and we were honored to know him. May God comfort you.

Dick and Sue McKinney
   Posted Sat March 03, 2018
Kay and family we were very sorry to read about Jim passing away. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Dennis & Debbie (Cawthon) Galbreath
   Posted Sat March 03, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss, we know Heaven has another soul. Hope you find peace, comfort.God bless

Mary Fuller
   Posted Sun March 04, 2018
Phyllis, I am so very sorry for your loss. Jim was a great guy. I am sure he will be
greatly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Don Buck
   Posted Sun March 04, 2018
Linda and I were so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Jim was a good friend and a good man.

David Short
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing! Technically I never worked directly for Jim, but when I started my career as a young engineer in Beardstown in 1990, Jim was in charge of another department. Jim was always a very nice person, and treated me with great respect. I spent many hours working around Jim, and occasionally played golf with him.........which I enjoyed greatly.

Jim was always a very fine dedicated family man. He was a great role model for me and many other young engineers who passed through Beardstown.

Please accept my most sincere condolences, and know that Jim and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Dave Short

Beth and Dick Yost
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
Kay and girls,

We were so saddened to read of Jimmy's passing, We had such good times at Marriage Encounter all those years ago. He was such a fun guy! I will never forget his saying about funerals. "You know what determines how many will be at your funeral? Whether it's raining or not." Well, whether it is raining or not, know that our hearts and prayers are with you all.


Beth and Dick

Bill Newton
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Kay and Family,

I cannot express in words how shocked and sorry I am to hear of Jim's passing. He and I worked closely together on many, many projects during our years at CIPS, and I regarded him as a very good friend -- a good, wise and honest man whom I always knew I could trust, respect and confide in. He was truly one of the nicest guys I have ever known. Please accept my deepest sympathy and most sincere condolences.

Bill Newton

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Kay, to you and all yours, there are no words to express my sorrow and sympathy for you.
Jim was such a great guy and he seemed to embody every positive character necessary to be the best family man, student, co-worker, and friend to ever so many.
I regret not being able to attend your visitation or the funeral. I will be in touch and hope to see you soon.
God bless and comfort all who are hurting now.
I am so sincerely sorry, Bonnie

Lisa, Bobby, and Madelyn Sue
   Posted Thu March 15, 2018
Much love to you, Kay!!! We look forward to visiting soon - and we are blessed with many special memories of Jim -
Love you - Love you -
Lisa, Madelyn Sue, & Bobby xoxoxo

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