Edmund Randolph McKane

July 29, 1920January 19, 2013

Edmund Randolph McKane was called to Heaven on January 19, 2013, to be reunited with his wife, Mary Jean, and his daughter, Kristen. Ran was born on July 29, 1920, in Oklahoma City to Paul F. and Helen McKane.

Ran and Jean were married on July 1, 1943. Eight children graced their happy life together. They lived in Oklahoma City, Dallas, Hot Springs, Kingsland, San Antonio and Dayton. His children, Randy, Mike, Vicki, Dinah, Carol, Todd and Julie will miss him deeply, along with his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and sisters, Beverly and Shirley.

Ran took wings and lived his dream of flying. In the Army Air Corps and in partnership with Pan American Airways, Ran was instrumental to the success of the North Africa campaign in World War II. Following the war, Ran and Mary Jean landed in Dallas where he began his flying career with Braniff International Airways. He worked his way up to Senior Captain.

Captain McKane sat in the captain’s seat for the first commercial 747 flight ever made. It was clear to everyone who the Captain was on that famous flight of “Big Orange” from Dallas to Honolulu by locating the biggest, widest, proudest smile on the face of Captain Ran McKane.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 25, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


  • Funeral Mass Friday, January 25, 2013

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Randy McKane

February 6, 2013

My Dad was one of the great people. He managed to attract a beautiful, smart woman who was also a Hollywood actress. He lived his dream of becoming a pilot who made a great living doing it. He fathered eight children who loved and respected him through his last days and on. I will miss him!

Vicki McKane White

February 1, 2013

I have a lifetime of wonderful memories with my Dad which help to get me through these days without him...but they are also painful, the memories as they so often are when the loss is so new and so great. But thank God for them.

One such memory was captured not so long ago, maybe just weeks or days before he passed...we would talk about what a great life he had, that not everyone can say that. He had a beautiful wife whom he loved, who adored him, loving children who stood by him until the end, a career where he excelled and loved what he was doing, lots of good friends and good fun. He lived a comfortable life, homes by the water, fishing, flying and entertaining his many 'fans', that is anyone who would laugh at his silly antics and over the top humor. He was the funny man, just couldn't help himself...and loved, just loved singing and dancing which he was quite good at. I never could keep up with his moves since I'm not a dancer but in the time he lived with me, his last year, I somehow became his "dancin' girl". I do believe he, Mom and Kris had something to do with that...somehow we were all feeling the music together, dancing together.

In my heart I have hope that they are together again...Dad (I think) tells me I need to keep dancing and singing :)

He leaves a powerful legacy....just sing and dance and be merry.

Gwendolyn Copeland Gajajiva

January 24, 2013

My PoPo will be greatly missed. He was such an amazing father, pilot, dancer and comic. I love you PoPo. Rest in Peace