Bob McKee, 97, was born in Ft. Branch, IN on July 7th, 1916 and died in Marietta, GA on November 2nd, 2013.
Bob passed quietly and is now with his loving wife, Dot ("Munner"); grandson, Case McKee; Bob's siblings, Ray, Dorothy Mae, Mable, Corrine and Kenny; his mother and father, Ida and Ed McKee; his dear family members; many dear Princeton friends; and many good golf buddies.
He is survived by his son Gary (Marietta, GA) with his family, wife Anita, Bob's grandson Parker and his granddaughter Cassidy; Bob is survived by his daughter, Karen Kay Cobb (Gray, LA) with her family, husband James Cobb; and Bob's grandson's Kelly, Lonnie and Michael McCary and their families.
Bob and wife Dot owned and operated the bustling Western Auto Store on West State Street in Princeton during the 60's and 70's. He was active in the Gibson County Council on Aging, Gibson County civic duties, Gibson County Habitat for Humanity, and the Gibson County Council On Aging. The McKee's were devoted members of Hillside Methodist Church and very involved in church worship programs and social activities. Bob McKee "...proudly turned on the lights, dusted off the pews, and sat up the chairs....," for many years at Hillside Methodist.
Mr. McKee was an avid golfer and former 50's era pro who played against the likes of Hogan, Sneed and Demaret. Bob held Indiana State High School platform diving records for many years while attending Ft. Branch High School (now Gibson Southern High School). In 1932, he pitched a perfect game while playing for Ft. Branch High. He bowled a perfect game during tournament play in Mt. Carmel, IL in 1959. Staff Sergeant Bob McKee served in the Rainbow Division, Big Red One, in WWII during The Battle of the Bulge as a forward artillery observer and supply sergeant, and later in the occupation of Germany. He was assigned to forces preparing to invade Japan but was spared the task by Japan's surrender.
Funeral Services will be at 11 AM on Friday, November 8, 2013 at Hillside Methodist Church, Princeton, officiated by Rev. Craig Duke and Rev. Chris Neikirk. Burial will follow at Columbia White Church Cemetery in Princeton.
Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Thursday at Hillside Methodist Church, Princeton. Military graveside services by Retired Military Veterans. Colvin Funeral Home, Princeton is in charge of arrangements.