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James Ronald McKinney

James Ronald McKinney

James Ronald McKinney was born January 24, 1941 in Weleetka, Oklahoma to James Vester McKinney and Opal Ruth (Smith) McKinney. He passed away, February 3, 2024 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 83.

Brigadier General, James Ronald McKinney was a longtime resident of the Okemah area and a 1959 graduate of Okemah High School. Ron later went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Oklahoma. On December 27, 1963, in Okemah, he married Judy Derrick. Ron proudly served his country with the United States Airforce and with the Oklahoma Air National Guard before his retirement from the military. He truly loved to fly and also enjoyed fishing, OU Football, traveling and floating the Illinois River. Most of all Ron loved his family dearly and truly loved life. He will be dearly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Barbara Armstrong.

Survivors include his wife, Judy McKinney of Okemah; one son, Michael McKinney and wife Amanda of Owasso, Oklahoma; three daughters, Kelli McKinney and husband David of Argyle, Texas, Heather Burress and husband Josh of McKinney, Texas and Brooke Bridges of Owasso; one brother, Larry McKinney and wife Vicky of Mason, Oklahoma and 7 grandchildren, Malia Bridges, Abbi McKinney, Max McKinney, Tyler Bridges, Aidan McKinney, Norah Burress and Nathan Burress.

Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma.

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