John A. McKay

November 10, 1933November 20, 2018

John McKay of Medina, Ohio passed away at the age of 85 on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

John was born November 10, 1933 in New Castle, PA and graduated from New Castle High School. He continued his education at Youngstown State University, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting.

He married his high school sweetheart, Sally Mikels, on June 2, 1956. They were happily married for 61 years until her passing in 2017.

After college, John began his business career at the B.F. Goodrich Company where he worked for 24 years, eventually becoming President of their Engineered Products division. He later moved on to the McNeil Corporation in Akron, Ohio, serving as its Executive Vice President. In 1986, he accepted a position as President and CEO of the Beloit Corporation in Beloit, WI and was later promoted to President of its parent company Harnischfeger Industries, where he retired in 1995. His work gave him the opportunity to travel the globe and brought him great satisfaction.

Retirement was filled with golf, wintering in Vero Beach, FL and spending time with family and friends. John was also a Mason for over 50 years. He is survived by sons Mark and Jeff, and daughter Patricia (Michael) LeHere. Along with many close neighbors and golfing buddies, he will be greatly missed by all.

Funeral services were private. Internment Rose Hill Burial Park.

Donations in John's memory can be made to: Shriners Hospital for Children Attn: Office of Development 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, FL 33607 or at


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John A. McKay

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