OBITUARY

James William McKEE

February 4, 1957March 27, 2018

James William McKee, 61, of Audobon, New Jersey, died Tuesday, March 27, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Imogene McKee. He was a 1980 graduate of the Naval Academy, and served five years active duty, as a Lieutenant for the Air Naval Gun Liaison Company. While he was at the Naval Academy, he played baseball as catcher. During one particular game he hit four homeruns against Army and was later inducted into the Naval Academy Sports Hall of Fame. He was also selected to the All American Baseball Team. He was a star football player for Audobon High School and was an avid golfer and Philadelphia Sports Fan. Mr. McKee was a member of St. Jude’s Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Lynn McKee; children, Christina (Joe) Carignan, Jimmy (Nicole) McKee, and Melissa (Michael Mace) McKee; grandchildren, Blair Mills, and Holly Mace; and a brother, Kenny McKee. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, April 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm at St. Jude’s Catholic Church with Father Charlie Burton officiating. There will be no formal visitation. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, https://gifts.mdanderson.org.

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Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, April 2, 2018

Memories

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Tony Van Derbur

April 3, 2018

Jim was a great mentor and helped me at Wittke/Leach after the Federal Signal buyout. He offered me the position of South Eastern Sales Manager, US and helped me on my path with Federal Signal. He was taken too early, but our Lord knew his task was finished here. God Speed Jim and comfort and blessings to his family.

Scott Bethmann

April 3, 2018

A great baseball teammate at USNA, a great individual and an even greater friend. Goo was the epitome of a humble athlete, never one to talk about his rocket arm pickoff plays, he just smiled and put his mask back on! How can you think of Goo without his catching gear?! Rest In Peace Jim you were one of the best!
Scott Bethmann
USNA 80

Tammy Ferrell-Walsh

April 2, 2018

I am very sorry for your loss and will pray for peace and comfort for you all.

Jean Murphy

April 2, 2018

Rest in peace Jimmy, gone too soon...But God has His plan...We have so many great memories of you that allow us to feel your presence...I can still hear your laugh, see your smile, those twinkling eyes! Here’s to all the good times we shared! We love you! Thank you for your service to our great country! 🇺🇸☮️🙏🏼 Luv ya Goo! ❤️Murph & Jean XOXO

Tim Garrold

April 2, 2018

Every man on the Naval Academy Baseball team between 1976 and 1980 knew Jim as a brother. With a constant twinkle in his eye, he kept the coaches and the Marine Corps Officer Reps on their toes trying to figure out what he was currently up to. It was always something....he dared to push the envelope and he was our hero for it. We called him "Goo" (short for Magoo) and only Mike Mulliken could get a uniform dirtier in the course of a single game. He played his heart out each and every game and even though he might not be in the books as one of the sluggers on the team, he could absolutely tear the cover off with the best of them! Many an opposing player who tried to force a close call at home learned suddenly and clearly that there was a fireplug at the plate for Navy. Rest in peace, Jimmy and say hello to Joe for us.

Paul Becksvoort

April 2, 2018

I had the privilege to work with/for Jim at Heil for a number of years. He was a great boss and terrific individual. He was a true leader and often a stabilizing influence. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim's family and loved ones.

Glenn Wilson

March 31, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to the entire McKee family on the passing of Jimmy. I have had the good fortune to be able to call Jim my friend since our early teenage baseball days. He was a great catcher and an even better person. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed. Our heartfelt condolences.

Glenn & Christine Wilson

Dave & Kathy Jakubowski

March 31, 2018

To Lynn and Family ; Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I first met Jim back in our Little League Baseball days and was fortunate to have played on many teams with Jim while we were growing up. . This culminated with the first State Championship for our High School , we celebrated a reunion just a few years ago, it was terrific to see Jim make the reunion. Another fond memory was running into Jim while in Scottsdale on a business trip some ten years ago , we had a great time catching up . You will be missed by many , rest well My Friend.

Dave & Kathy Jakubowski

Rocky Kropp

March 31, 2018

This saddens me so very deeply!! I agree, best arm I ever saw! Never had to learn a pick-off move because 'Goo' threw them out routinely! His awesome bat seemingly always hitting line drive doubles!! And of course him and our grounds-keeper having fun with Goo messing up the dugout during every home game with his chew :). SO many memories on and off the field and in 16th Company! I only wanted him behind the plate when I pitched because it was just so fun with him catching, he had such an amazing and fun personality!! Will always remember him emulating the great NY Yankee Thurman Munson! And will always remember our chats at the amazing '79 Team Reunion back at USNA that Bob Ravener set up! RIP Goo, will always think of you!!]

John “ Doc Ohm” Merrill

March 30, 2018

I had the great pleasure of rooming with “Goo” for summer school. I have often thought of him fondly, his happy go lucky nature and smile always made me laugh. He was authentic and humble about his many athletic accomplishments. I’m truly honored to be in the USNA Hall of Fame with him. May God embrace him and welcome him home , until we meet again my brother in Christ! Doc Ohm