OBITUARY

Kevin Francis McKool

January 24, 1961July 30, 2013

Kevin McKool, a lifelong resident of Dallas, Texas was born on January, 24, 1961 was called home to be with Jesus on July 30, 2013. Preceded in death by his father, Charles Edward McKool; sister, Pat Petton and brother in law, Daryl; mother and father in law, Edward and Shirley Duff. Survived by his wife of 24 years, Donna Duff McKool; sons, Christopher and Charlie; mother, Evelyn McKool; siblings, Molly Phelan (Jim), Charles Kelly McKool (Rixie), Kitty Burns (Mike), Mark McKool (Dana), Kristina Roemer; aunts, Patsy McKool Barton and Betty McKool; sister in law, Tamera Duff King (Wayne); brother in law, Bill Duff (Tracy) many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Kevin attended St. Monica Catholic School, Jesuit College Preparatory (79), and graduated from TexasTech where he was a proud member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He loved his Red Raider Football! Kevin shared a passion for hunting with his sons and could usually be found on their deer lease in Llano. He was so proud of the young men they were becoming. Summers were spent on Grapevine Lake where Kevin was in his element grilling, fishing, boating, and swimming surrounded by a multitude of family and friends. His motto was "the more the merrier." Kevin was a kind, generous, and humble guy who told his wife everyday how blessed they were. He loved to tell his adventure stories and people loved to hear them. His sense of humor and boisterous laugh were contagious and endearing to all. Kevin defined the word courage. After surviving a plane crash in 1981, he heroically walked through a Rocky Mountain blizzard to find a rescue team that saved the lives of his 4 friends. For the past 2 1/2 years, he fought a hard battle with Leukemia. He never lost hope and inspired many with his dignity, unwavering faith in God, love for his family and graceful spirit. The family wishes to thank the Bone Marrow Transplant Staff at Baylor Hospital, especially our beloved Dr. Robert Brian Berryman for Kevin's loving care. A Funeral Mass will be held, 2:00 PM, Friday, August 9, 2013, St. Monica Catholic Church with a rosary service to begin just prior at 1:30 PM. Interment will follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Shane Jordan, Brett Blakey, Roger Redden, Tony Austin, Chris Robinson, Dal Burrous, Bill Harrington and Kirk Fichtner. Honorary Pallbearers will be Armand Doche, Harry Blake, Ron Simons, Clay Parker, David DeLee, Kris Burgoon, Tim Shackleford, Dan Ashton, Danny Clancy, Rob Ramage, Mike Fremming, Richard Smith, John Miller, Blake Wood and Russ Wyand. A memorial fund has been established for the family at Chase Bank c/o Brett Blakey FBO Christopher and Charlie McKool.

Services

  • Rosary Service Friday, August 9, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, August 9, 2013

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January 7, 2014

Donna & Family,
I was shocked and saddened to learn of Kevin's passing. I knew him from our DTD days at Tech. He was then a fine young man with a bright future. We all knew he was destined for great things after walking out of that plane crash. The family and friends he leaves are a testament to that. I pray the sadness gives way to the comfort of knowing he will always be with us and remember his great laugh and easy smile. I know I will.
Mark Wilson

Kimmy Eldridge South

August 11, 2013

Donna,
May God Bless you and your boys, bring you strength, comfort and peace now and for ever more.

Miss Chris Ann

August 10, 2013

Donna, I light this Candle to speed prayers to Heaven for you who will miss Kevin.Sending abundant prayers.

Sami G.

August 10, 2013

Love you all.

chris ann

August 9, 2013

Donna,Very sorry for your loss. I know his mom and CHRIS from St. Monica. I know you'll Will miss him dearly. Chris Ann Penguin. Teacher at SMS

August 9, 2013

Donna, Chris & Charlie,

We ask God to watch over you and guide each of you during this difficult time. Kevin was such an inspiration to us all. He may not walk among us any more, but he is in Heaven watching over all of you and protecting you. You all have a very special Guardian Angel. We miss him dearly and pray for each of you during this time of healing. The Smith's, Richard, Juli & Megan

Eric Risher

August 8, 2013

He will be missed. Such a great person.

August 8, 2013

Donna,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Kevin and the boys during this journey of grief. May God bless you and give you strength.

Kevin & Linda Walkup

Ken Blo

August 7, 2013

Donna,

We are all going to miss Kev dearly, he was truly a special Man. My heart goes out to you, Chris & Charlie

God Bless all of you...

Sam Hegler

August 7, 2013

I was deeply saddened to learn of Kevin's passing. Donna, I pray that God provides you and the boys strength and comfort during this difficult time.

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