OBITUARY

J. Kevin McKay Esq.

August 18, 1965December 20, 2020
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J. Kevin McKay, Esq, age 55 of Kentwood MI, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Kevin was born the eldest son of Jim and Brenda McKay of Owosso, MI. Kevin and Julie (Banas) were married in 1991 and together they raised 4 children. He will be lovingly remembered by his children Mitchell McKay, James and Lauren (Hood) McKay, Rachel (McKay) and Aaron Hudson, Andrew and Annette (Williams) McKay, also his 2 grandsons, James William (Liam) McKay, and Oliver Jay Hudson to whom he was fondly known as Papa. Kevin is predeceased by both sets of grandparents Jim and Wanda McKay, and John and Carrie Baker. He is survived by his siblings, Lisa and Jeff Jones, Cyndi McKay, John and Thresa McKay, Uncle Ron and Aunt Kerry Baker, as well as other family members and friends that brought much joy to his life. Kevin graduated from Owosso High School class of 1983, Graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University 1987, Graduate of Regent University 1990 where he earned his Juris Doctorate. Kevin was well respected by his co-workers at Michigan’s Supreme Court (SCAO), as well as previous co-workers from the District Courts where he will be greatly missed. Kevin was a life-long member of the Wesleyan Church, a member of Rotary Club in Owosso and Kentwood. He enjoyed serving alongside others on various boards and committees. His family will receive friends on Saturday Dec. 26th from 2-3 PM with a Celebration of Life service at 3 PM at Grace Point Wesleyan Church, Owosso MI, with long time pastor and friend Rev. Calvin Emerson officiating. Those who wish to attend will be required to wear masks and abide by the Covid-19 attendance limitations. In lieu of attending, the services may be viewed via live-stream from the funeral home’s website: www.grlansing.com under recent obituaries, J. Kevin McKay. Condolences and memories may be shared at that site as well. Kevin will be laid to rest by his family in their plot at Wilkinson Cemetery, Venice Township, before the Celebration of Life. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to: https://my.rotary.org/en/donate https://graceexplorations.com/donate-grace/ https://godsvisionforhaiti.org/give

Services

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    Saturday, December 26, 2020

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    Saturday, December 26, 2020

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Ric Werner

December 27, 2020

It was an honor being friends with Kevin over the years. I'll never forget sharing stories with him over lunch at the Kentwood Rotary Club meetings and happy hour social events with Julie at his side. Never to be forgotten, I'll always remember his kind heart and pleasant good nature. God bless.

Kim Gerstenberger

December 26, 2020

I am so blessed to have met and gotten to know Kevin, and then his wife, Julie through Rotary. Kevin was just such a good decent, kind, and witty man. I throughly enjoyed our Michigan State vs Michigan Football rivalries and our watch parties were legend. I especially enjoyed the White Elephant exchanges at our Rotary Christmas parties I will never forget Kevin’s reaction to one gift in particular. It was priceless. I was saddened to hear of his passing. He will be so very missed , but never forgotten. He made people better for having known him. Julie. you and the rest of your family have my deepest condolences and you all are in my prayers. Words can not express how bad I feel about your loss. I am sure that Kevin is with God, and though the world is a little dimmer without Kevin in it, heaven has gained a star. Again, my heart goes out to all, who like me, will miss Kevin. I will keep his family in my thoughts and prayers. God bless all of you, Kim Gerstenberger

Darlene McBride

December 26, 2020

Beautiful service today. Thanks for having it streamed John-- you did good

David Wehman

December 26, 2020

I have never had the opportunity to meet Kevin, but as a friend of Jim McKay’s, I have been praying for God’s hand of guidance for more than one year. Guidance regarding both the medical professionals as well as family members as to how best to proceed and process what was occurring. Over the past year, I have learned how well loved and respected Kevin was both by his work colleagues as well as his church family and his extended family. I have learned about his great character and big heart as well as his love for the Washington Redskins Football Team.

Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of Kevin. I believe he will always be remembered as a hardworking, honest, and respectable man, as well as a great father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Gary Secor

December 26, 2020

On behalf of the 61st District Court-Grand Rapids I want to express our sincere condolences to the entire McKay family. Kevin was a wonderful colleague, friend and consummate professional who was respected throughout the State of Michigan who has left our ranks far too soon. I sincerely hope that fond and treasured memories of him will be of some comfort during this difficult time.

Regards, Gary Secor
61st District Court Administrator

Gary Gerstenberger

December 26, 2020

I’m so sorry to lose another friend. He wil be missed by Rick and myself at our little Happy Hours. He was witty, kind and compassionate and made the world a better place. I am lucky to to have met him and be able to have had him as a friend. My loss is Heavens gain.

Diane Stanton-Dick

December 26, 2020

What a beautiful service. I didn't know Kevin personally, but after the service I felt like I knew alot about him and his love for family, his fun side and his love for the Lord.

Julie and family, all my love to you. God Bless.

Diane

Jill Daly

December 26, 2020

Glen and I are so sorry we are unable to attend Kevin’s celebration of life due to COVID-19. If it were any other time , please know we would be there. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Glen and Jill Daly

Steve Willis

December 26, 2020

I will always remember Kevin as a gentleman, whether advocating for his clients, discussing politics, or just having a pleasant conversation. My interactions with Kevin were mostly while he was still practicing law in Shiawassee County. I had the opportunity to visit briefly with him in more recent years on occasions when he would attend a church service at GracePointe Wesleyan Church in Owosso while visiting his parents and his aunt and uncle. He always remained the same person over the years, despite the health issues he was battling. He was always gracious, friendly, and insightful. It was always apparent he loved the Lord and he loved his family. It was also apparent his family loved him. I would sometimes get updates about how Kevin was doing from his Dad, Jim, if we should happen to talk while at church. However, due to the pandemic, I have not seen or talked to Jim for many months, so it was such a complete shock to me when I heard of Kevin's passing. Just knowing Kevin was out there, bringing his God-shaped influence to his family, his community, and the judicial system in Michigan was comforting. I knew what ever he was doing, whether as attorney, magistrate, or working for the Michigan Judicial Institute, he would always bring integrity with him to a system that affects so many lives in so many ways. He will certainly be missed! However, it is also certainly a blessing to celebrate not only the memory of him in this life, but also the imagery of him in the next life! May God bless everyone of you in Kevin's family with joyous memories of his life shared. Steve Willis.

Kevin DeVries

December 26, 2020

Kevin McKay was a monthly partner of Grace Explorations mens ministry and a regular attender at our Base Camp events. Now I know why. He was a deeply spiritual man who believed the Gospel of Jesus Christ was Good News for all men. Kevin was always bringing friends and family with him to these events. He cared about others more than himself right until the very end, especially those he loved who would be left behind. We will miss him at Base Camp Nation. Now he is seated at a table where the great tales of God and His people are told. His last words to me were: “I’ll see you soon...” Kevin knew death was only a door to another dimension where life doesn’t end. It just changes into something too wonderful for words. He fought and lived well for others in the field of time. Soon we will join him at the victory feast for all eternity. Goodbye for now, but not forever my friend. - Kevin DeVries

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Biography

J. Kevin McKay, Esq, age 55 of Kentwood MI, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Kevin was born the eldest son of Jim and Brenda McKay of Owosso, MI. Kevin and Julie (Banas) were married in 1991 and together they raised 4 children. He will be lovingly remembered by his children Mitchell McKay, James and Lauren (Hood) McKay, Rachel (McKay) and Aaron Hudson, Andrew and Annette (Williams) McKay, also his 2 grandsons, James William (Liam) McKay, and Oliver Jay Hudson to whom he was fondly known as Papa.
Kevin is predeceased by both sets of grandparents Jim and Wanda McKay, and John and Carrie Baker.
He is survived by his siblings, Lisa and Jeff Jones, Cyndi McKay, John and Thresa McKay, Uncle Ron and Aunt Kerry Baker, as well as other family members and friends that brought much joy to his life.
Kevin graduated from Owosso High School class of 1983, Graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University 1987, Graduate of Regent University 1990 where he earned his Juris Doctorate.
Kevin was well respected by his co-workers at Michigan’s Supreme Court (SCAO), as well as previous co-workers from the District Courts where he will be greatly missed.
Kevin was a life-long member of the Wesleyan Church, a member of Rotary Club in Owosso and Kentwood. He enjoyed serving alongside others on various boards and committees.
His family will receive friends on Saturday Dec. 26th from 2-3 PM with a Celebration of Life service at 3 PM at Grace Point Wesleyan Church, Owosso MI, with long time pastor and friend Rev. Calvin Emerson officiating. Those who wish to attend will be required to wear masks and abide by the Covid-19 attendance limitations. In lieu of attending, the services may be viewed via live-stream from the funeral home’s website: www.grlansing.com under recent obituaries, J. Kevin McKay. Condolences and memories may be shared at that site as well.
Kevin will be laid to rest by his family in their plot at Wilkinson Cemetery, Venice Township, before the Celebration of Life.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to:
https://my.rotary.org/en/donate
https://graceexplorations.com/donate-grace/
https://godsvisionforhaiti.org/give