Richard Roy McKinnis, age 77, of Warrensburg, Mo., passed away Monday, April 6, 2009, at the Missouri Veterans Home of Warrensburg.
He was born on July 2, 1931, the youngest of six children, in Fort Scott, Kan., and the son of Roy and Ruth (Kirker) McKinnis. His parents owned and operated a farm. He attended high school in Uniontown, Kan., where he played baseball, football and basketball.
After high school, Richard attended Fort Scott community College and Baker University. He received his Master's degree at Pittsburg State. Richard earned a Doctorate degree in Education Administration from the University of Kansas.
Dr. McKinnis served in the United States Army from April 1954 until January 1956. He spent 18 months in Korea and China. Richard was united in marriage to Wanda Bilyew in Fort Scott, Kan., on February 28, 1954, the same year he volunteered for the Army.
Upon his return from Korea, Richard worked as a high school teacher, principal and school administrator in Uniontown, Kan., while pursuing his Doctorate degree. He then relocated to Warrensburg in 1968 to become a professor at Central Missouri State University. He continued teaching Education Administration classes until his retirement in 1996. Richard has a gift for coaching and teaching young people during his career in education.
Richard is a Jayhawks and Mules fan. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching sports and spending time with family and friends. Richard spent many weekends' quail hunting in Uniontown, Kan., with his two bird dogs, Freckles and Midge. He also liked fishing for crappie at Truman Lake with his buddies.
Richard is a member of the First Baptist Church in Warrensburg.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda McKinnis of Warrensburg; son, Brad McKinnis and wife, Melissa, of Harrisonville, Mo.; daughter, Jana Mehlin and husband, Jeff, of Overland Park, Kan.; three sisters: Lucile Lewis and Jean O'Dell both of Fort Scott, Kan., and Virginia Hoyle of Broomfield, Colo.; and seven grandchildren: Kelsey McKinnis, Jacob McKinnis, Kortney McKinnis, Katelyn McKinnis, Lindsey Mehlin, Nicholas Mehlin and Jackson Mehlin.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Norman and Siegle McKinnis.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the First Baptist Church of Warrensburg.
The Reverend Dennis Doyle will be officiating.
Burial will be held at 3 p.m. at the Uniontown Cemetery in Uniontown, Kan.
Pallbearers are David Lewis, Robert Hoyle, Richard Hoyle, Jimmy McKinnis, Jerry Smith, Mark Warren and Joe Warren.
Honorary pallbearers are Fred Young, Jeff Lotterer, Steven Lotterer, George Lotterer, Ted Garten, Jim Hudson, Kent Holt, George Warren, J. O. Miller, Floyd Walker, Gordan Bachus, Fred Campbell, Larry Lambing, Mike Carter and Bill Ketcherside.
The family will receive friends in Warrensburg on Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home. And after the graveside service on Thursday in Uniontown at the First Baptist Church of Uniontown.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Dr. Richard "Dick" McKinnis Scholarship c/o UCM Foundation, Smiser Alumni Center,Warrensburg, Missouri 64093