SEATTLE - Dr. William J. McKinney, 87, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle. He was born Nov. 15, 1919, in Mobile, Ala., to William J. and Eva (Summersell) McKinney.
His family moved to Portland, Ore., when he was 1-year-old. After graduating fromPortland Jefferson High School in 1937 he served four years in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific aboard the original Fletcher, a destroyer, and completed his service with the rank of chief. He received his Doctor of Optometry Degree in 1949 from Pacific University in Forrest Grove, Ore. and soon after moved to Aberdeen.
Dr. McKinney married Virginia Fenton in 1947 in Portland. They later divorced. He married Theresa Grossman in 1974 in Longview. In 1951 he opened an office in Raymond and later an office in Long Beach.
He was very active in the community serving as president of the Raymond Chamber of Commerce and the Willapa Harbor Lions Club and was still a member of these organizations. He was also chairman of the Pacific County Red Cross for 10 years and started the Pacific County Blood Bank. Together with Jack Ford they started the Willapa Harbor Little League and Babe Ruth League.
He was the optometrist of the year for the state of Washington; Person of the Year with wife Theresa for the Raymond Chamber of Commerce and Person of the Year of the Willapa Players. He was a big booster of Grays Harbor College, being a trustee for 16 years. He loved his family and community. He had a passion for education, and loved his golf. He was a Seahawks and Mariners fan as well as a fan of all the Willapa Harbor athletics.
Survivors include his wife Theresa of Raymond; sons, Gary and wife Karen Parker McKinney of Bellingham; Dr. Michael and wife Carol McKinney of Bremerton, John and wife Lisa McKinney of Richland and Conor McKinney of Bellingham; daughters, Janet McKinney of Bow, Linda McKinney of Vashon Island, Nancy McKinney of Centralia; former wife Virginia McKinney of Bremerton and 12 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister Mary Ezell and brother Dr. Jack McKinney.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Raymond Fire Dept. Ambulance Fund, 212 Commercial St., Raymond, WA 98577; Lion's Sight and Hearing, 901 Boren Ave, Suite 810, Seattle, WA 98104 or the Willapa Players, P.O. Box 863, Raymond, WA 98577.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, March 17, at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Raymond. A celebration of life gathering follows at the Raymond Elks Lodge.
Arrangements are in care of Stoller's Mortuary.