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Mountain View Mortuary

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OBITUARY

William Hugh McKay

April 29, 1929August 6, 2019

William Hugh McKay lived a long and happy life. He was born on April 29, 1929 and left this life on August 6, 2019, 3 months past his 90th Birthday.

His parents were William and Jane McKay. William and his sister Violet were raised in San Francisco, CA and often spent their summers in Northern California’s redwood forests. He was brought up during the depression and taught to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

William was blessed to have loved and married two wonderful women. He always knew what he wanted and wasn't one to waste time, he proposed to Ersie on their first date and to Kathleen after knowing her for three days. He married Ersie on April 6th 1953, she preceded him in death on October 26, 1980. He married Kathleen on June 30, 1984 and remained deeply in love to the end. William held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He always took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment.

William was blessed with three biological and three bonus children, W. Scott McKay (Peggy), Kevin B. McKay (Michele), Jennifer West (Don), Victoria Henson (Dan), Sue Connolly, William Falla (Dayna). They were also blessed with thirteen grandchildren, Jake, Ian, Zach, Ericka, Carissa, Jarrod, Jeremy, Ben, Amanda, Emily, Liam, Will and Samantha, six great grandchildren and several grand dogs.

William was drafted as a medic in the Korean war and served his country for 28 years rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served overseas in the Vietnam war and many different posts stateside with his final assignment at the Pentagon. He received praise for his valor, including being awarded the Bronze Star. After retiring from the Army, William began his second career as a financial officer for organizations including the Washington Cathedral and The Women’s B’nai B’rith before finally retiring for good.

His favorite pursuits were woodworking, seeing the country by RV, buying new cars and new gadgets, building an MGTD replica for his wife Kathleen and watching Fox News.

William had a strong faith in God and studied the Bible every day but was not a member of an organized religion. Although he could be stern, he was really a softy deep down caring for those around him. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

It’s amazing what he witnessed in his life and the stories he could tell. He remembered the Golden Gate Bridge being built, he lived through the Great Depression, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the cold war, and today’s times. He witnessed the rise and fall of the Soviet Union and the space race in the 50s and 60s. He saw (and enthusiastically embraced) every technical achievement over the past 90 years. He will be missed deeply by all that knew him.

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Biography

William Hugh McKay was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

       His parents were William and Jane McKay. William was raised in San Francisco, CA. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

  William was raised with one sibling. He had one older sister, Violet. Spending their summers in Northern California's redwood forests.

        
      William was blessed to have loved two wonderful women in his life and married both of them.
He knew what he wanted and wasn't one to waste time, he proposed to Ersie on their first date and to Kathleen after knowing her for three days. He married Ersie on April 6th 1953, she preceded him in death on October 26, 1980. He married Kathleen on June 30, 1984. William held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment.

     William was blessed with three biological and three bonus children, W. Scott McKay (Peggy), Kevin B. McKay (Michele), Jennifer West (Don), Victoria Henson (Dan), Sue Connolly, William Falla (Dayna). They were also blessed with thirteen grandchildren, Jake, Ian, Zach, Ericka, Carissa, Jarrod, Jeremy, Ben, Amanda, Emily, Liam, Will & Samantha, several great grandchildren and several grand dogs.

    He served overseas in the Vietnam war and many different posts stateside with his final assignment at the Pentagon. William served in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He received praise for his valor, including being awarded the Bronze Star.

His favorite pursuits were woodworking, RV traveling, building an MGTD replicar for his wife Kathleen and watching Fox News.

    William had a strong faith in God but was not a member of an organized religion. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      William sought out practical solutions, not individual recognition. He was always grounded and objective, feeling a strong sense of responsibility for taking care of what needed to be done. This selfless attitude earned William many accolades for his efforts and achievements. Some of his most prestigious awards included the Bronze Star.

      William enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with William appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, William always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included RVing to the Pacific Northwest with his beloved wife, Kathleen and dog Andy by his side, usually meeting up with his sister Violet and her husband Ed.

      William was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of William’s favorites was Andrew McGillicudy McKay II, aka Andy, some called him a dog but to William he was much more than that. They were best friends for 15 1/2 years. William was a dog lover, prior to Andy he had a poodle named Misty for 16 years and the original Andy he had as a teenager.

         William Hugh McKay passed away on August 6, 2019 at home in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife, Kathleen and oldest son, Scott by his side. William lived a long and full life, with the effects of time and agent Orange finally taking him. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, his sister Violet, his three children Scott, Kevin & Jennifer and his three bonus children, Vicki, Sue & Bill as well as many grand and great granchildren he loved dearly. Services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. William will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.

      Integrity is a key word that can be used to describe the life of William Hugh McKay. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.