Ronald Clayton McKinney 81 years old of Orange Park, Florida passed at his home into eternal rest November 5, 2022. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Helen McKinney by just a few months. Ron was born February 14, 1941 in South Bend, Indiana to Dr. Clayton R. and Mrs. Frances E. McKinney. He is survived by his brother, Michael (Mick) McKinney. He is also survived by his “girls”, daughters Frances Igou, (Derek Igou) and Lisa Pennington (Ryan Pennington), his grandchildren and great grandchildren, Daniel Igou (Stephanie Igou), Dylan Igou (Stephanie Flick Igou), Jeffrey Williams (Christina Williams), Jacob Pennington (Emma Nauert), Anthony Woodward, Deyton Igou, and Caitlyn Igou.
Ron and Helen met at the tender age of 13, marrying on May 5, 1959. Together they weathered many of life’s challenges that began with the loss of their first daughter, Debbie. They experienced many joys. Building a home and a life in Mandarin, FL they were blessed by a lifetime of friends. Ron was extremely mechanically inclined working by trade as a mechanic and later as a truck driver finishing his career with Food Lion. A proud Pokagon Band Potawatomi Elder he fully embraced his Native American Heritage, which he lovingly shared with his family, and will be carried on for generations to come.
Ron’s passion aside from his family and heritage was his obsession with trains. We will forever remember him when we hear the whistle blow.
Services will be held 10 AM Thursday November 17, 2022 in Evergreen Chapel 4535 Main St Jacksonville, Florida 32206. Family and friends will gather in the chapel 30 minutes prior to the service.