Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Our Goodbye to Dad~

 Beautiful flowers we ordered for my Dad. He really was a great Dad!

 His flag draped casket

 All of my Dad's grandkids were his pallbarriers (except Angela who we lost in 2008)

 My son Josh (all in black in front) & Jeremy who is in Black and grey at end)

 At the cemetary gun and flag salute

 My Mom receiving his flag

 My sons dropping in dirt from his former home in Arizona and his current hom in New Mexico

 Last goodbyes until we meet in Heaven again

Dad's headstone that just came in this week

Dad's Obit

Joseph E. McKee
May 13, 1928-March 16, 2013

Joseph E. McKee, 84, of Farmington NM formerly from Buckeye AZ, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2013 in Farmington NM. He was born May 13, 1928 in Knightstown, Ind. to Ora Joseph and Charity Bell Butler McKee. 
He was in the US Army during Korean Conflict served time in Tulle, France as head cook of the Mess Hall.
Joseph worked 18 years for International Harvester, O.S. Stapley's, El Paso Natural Gas Co. in 1978. Retired from El Paso Natural Gas in 1986 and for Childhaven for five years. He retired in 1991.
His hobbies included, hunting, fishing, trapping, playing guitar and singing. 
He loved the Lord and was baptized at 17 years old.
Joseph was preceded in death by son-in-law, Richard Martinelli; parents; two brothers; four sisters and granddaughter, Angela Martinelli Warner.
He is survived by wife, Novella McKee; son-in-law, Eddie Skaggs; daughters, Gloria Skaggs, Cindey Martinelli and Cherrie Shaw; sister, Irene McKee Dubrul; 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service & burial was on Saturday March 23, in Farmington, NM 
Pallbearers were his grandchildren, Joshua Shaw, Stephen Martinelli, Trevor Skaggs, Todd Skaggs, Justin Skaggs, Alisha Martinelli and Jeremy Shaw.


TexWisGirl said...

oh, i'm so sorry for your loss. bless you all...

Deb said...

Cherrie he sounded like a great man...so sorry for your loss....

Jullie Smith said...

Very sorry for your loss...

Mumsys Kitty Korner said...

Thinking of you sweet Cherrie. So sorry he had to leave this life. I know he will be greatly missed. Hugs Mumsy (Maggie)