Gerald Allen Mackey, age 63, a resident of rural Fort Scott, died Monday, May 11, 2009, at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., where he was awaiting a lung transplant.
He was born February 15, 1946, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Gerald Harlan Mackey and Evelyn B. Peer Mackey.
He served with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War as a Flight Deck Director onboard the USS Kitty Hawk and the USS Hornet. While serving in the Navy, he helped retrieve both the Apollo XI and Apollo XII Spacecrafts.
He married Freida Chapman on June 14, 1969, at Vaughan, Miss. He had worked for Peerless Products for nearly 40 years where he worked primarily as purchasing manager.
He was a member of the Bethel Community Church and served as a church elder. He was also a member of the Redfield Ruritan where he had served as Lieutenant Governor, Zone 1, 2, and 3 Governor and Past District Governor of the Middle America District No. 37 of Ruritan.
He was also currently the Vice-President of the Bourbon County Fair Board.
He will be lovingly missed by his wife, Freida, of the home; two daughters: Theresa Herder and husband, Lyle, Humboldt, Kan.; and Debra Mackey, Moran, Kan. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Melanie and Ethan Herder and his father, Harlan Mackey, Kansas City, Mo. He was preceded in death by his mother.
Pastor Greg Stine will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday, May 15, 2009, at the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to either the Bethel Church Building Fund, the Ruritan Foundation Scholarship Fund, or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Association and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701.
Words of sympathy may be emailed to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.