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Ronald John McKay

October 27, 1940August 18, 2020

McKay, Ronald John (Ron) (Ronnie) – A lifetime resident of Creston, WA passed away after a short illness with Covid 19 on 18 August 2020 in Spokane, WA. Ron was born on 27 October 1940 in the back of a Model A Ford on the way to the doctor in Wilbur, WA to John Howard and Helen Marie McKay. Ron graduated from Creston High School in 1958. Ron was drafted by the military and immediately deployed to Korea with the US Army’s First Calvary Unit as a Combat Engineer. After his Army Service commitment, Ron returned to Creston where he worked at the Lincoln Lumber Mill while running the McKay Farm which had been established by his grandfather in 1889. Ron McKay spent the rest of his life dry land farming, raising cattle, breaking and training horses, and offering his carpentry skills to everyone in Lincoln County. Ron McKay was very active in his community and took the most pride in his involvement in the Boy Scouts as Scout Master. Ron McKay was a husband, father, friend, veteran, farmer, cowboy, mentor, and community leader. Ron McKay was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marie Earla McKay, and three brothers. Ron McKay is survived by two children, Jared McKay (Kuwait, Middle East) and Raquel Stoddard and four grandchildren, Kyra and Connor McKay and Alix and Ryanne Stoddard. A memorial service will be planned for a later date, but we’ll all raise a glass and toast “to a life well lived” this October 27th, on Ron’s 80th birthday. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.strate-funeral.com for the McKay family. STRATE FUNERAL HOME, DAVENPORT, WA is caring for the McKay family.


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Ronald John McKay

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Edith Rustemeyer

September 14, 2020

Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of your father and grandfather, Ronald McKay. Ron was a special friend to my husband Andy and myself. Ron always greeted us with a smile and a kind word. Creston won't be the same without Ron. He was always in attendance at the community and school events. A faithful supporter of the community. May he rest in peace. With sincere sympathy - Edith Rustemeyer.
P.S. He will be missed.

Orene Harder

September 4, 2020

I lost my best friend. Ron was a very special man who loved to help others. He will be missed by the many people on whom he made an impact.

Cami Heath

September 2, 2020

What an amazing man! I will deeply miss seeing him at the school for events, & listening to him cheer for kids he didn’t even know. But most of all, I’ll miss his smile & genuine love for kids....Rest Easy Paw Paw


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