Dr. McKinley Ary, Jr.

January 29, 1923October 26, 2012

Dr. McKinley “Mack” Ary, Jr., 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 26, 2012, at Deaconess Hospice Care Center. He was born January 29, 1923, in Eldorado, IL.

He was an iron and steel structural engineer, building bridges, high rises and US Government projects throughout the United States. He also worked for Vecozo Engineering. He graduated from Central High School. He gained notoriety as a Golden Glove Boxer and was an outstanding athlete in football and baseball. He furthered his education at Mississippi State College before joining the military. During World War II, Mack served in the Army’s Airborne Engineering Division. Serving with distinction, he was a highly-decorated soldier earning two Bronze Stars for his great heroic efforts during the war.

Mack is survived by his wife, Norma Jean Ary; sons, Thomas (Susan) Ary of Evansville and Richard (Peggy) Ary of Washington, WV; stepsons, Clinton R. (Gail) Cunningham of Ormond Beach, FL and Phillip N. Cunningham of Evansville; grandchildren, Jason (Kelly) Ary of Indianapolis, Chris (Holly) Ary of Grain Valley, MO, Nicole Ary and Jennifer (Ryan) Stuteville, both of Evansville; two great-grandchildren; brother, Charles “Rip” (Alice) Ary of Yuma, AZ; and many cousins.

Services will be 6:00 PM Friday, November 2, 2012, at Alexander East Chapel. A private entombment will be held in Alexander Memorial Park at a later date. Friends may visit Friday from 2:00 PM until service time at the funeral home.

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  • Visitation Friday, November 2, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 2, 2012

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Dennis Woehler

November 5, 2012

I worked with Mac years ago. He was a fine man. Sorry I was out of town and missed the service.

Linda Smith Duncan

October 31, 2012

I am sorry to hear if Mack's death. Mack was my uncle for over thirty years when he was married to my Aunt Ivalene in Marion, Illinois. We spent many happy hours drinking coffee and talking around their kitchen table. Rest in Peace, Mack.

Chaplain Richard Reuer

October 30, 2012

I wish to extend to you and to members of your family my deepest sympathy on your loss. May the Lord's loving promises comfort you and give you strength as you walk through this difficult time. On behalf of a grateful nation as an expression of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service rendered by your loved one. (If you wish a personalized memorial card mailed to you with history of playing of taps, 21 gun salute, meaning of each fold of the flag as a keepsake, mail to: Chaplain Richard Reuer, Honoring Those Who Served Ministry, 1206 6th St SW, Minot, ND 58701. (This service is free to all veteran families).